Max Stainton, who was born with cerebral palsy, has set up the Riding Everest project which will see him climb Mount Everest on horseback.
As well as achieving a personal triumph, Max aims to challenge perceptions of disabled people and raise money for the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), who have supported him since the age of five.
The 26-year old has teamed up with independent travel company, Adventure Alternative, to plan the trip which will involve them trekking five kilometers for 16 days to reach Everest Base Camp (EBC) in March 2018.
As a consequence of his condition, Max needs daily support. His body has difficulties with retaining heat and he requires mobility assistance, so this is going to be a tremendous challenge for him.
Max said: “As a child, RDA allowed me to take part in a sport I could participate in and interact with a different set of people and make new friends.
“Riding Everest is going to be really, massively difficult because of my cerebral palsy. Even for an able-bodied person, riding eight hours a day will be incredibly challenging. I’m going to be taking my body to the extreme limits of its endurance.”
RDA is a charity that enables over 27,000 children and adults with disabilities to take part in horse riding activities in the UK. The money raised from Max’s initiative will hopefully see a new training centre open in Warwickshire.