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Limerick climber Mark Quinn to make history

 

 

 

Limerick climber Mark Quinn to make history again…

 

Limerick climber Mark Quinn at a Mayoral Reception held in his honour in 2011. Picture: Carlos Dasco

Limerick climber Mark Quinn at a Mayoral Reception held in his honour in 2011. Picture: Carlos Dasco

It is two years since Limerick climber Mark Quinn became the youngest person born in Ireland to conquer Everest and now with two new targets in mind, the 29 year-old Rhebogue man is preparing for his next climb as he aims to become the first Irishman to climb K4 and K5, the 11th and 13th highest mountains in the world, in one single expedition. No Irishman has successfully completed climbing one of these mountains in the Himalayas, and he admits that this is no deterrent to “taking the road less travelled” as many look to the “iconic Everest” over these difficult mountain climbs. “I am a bit nervous about it, but it’s excited nerves. I know it’s a big challenge and will be a risky business,” he said, adding that safety has been a major focus of his preparations in the last two years. To prepare for the challenge ahead he took part in the Great Limerick Run and climbed some of the notorious routes in Ben Nevis, the highest mountain range in Britain. To make it an even greater challenge Mark is also hoping to complete the journey on K4 and K5 without oxygen, and will only carry a supply to use in case of an emergency. He will leave Shannon Airport on June 20 for Islamabad to be joined by a predominantly Belgian expedition, led by Dutch guide Arnold Coster who led his team on Everest, moving on to Gasherbrum base camp. After raising funds for the Shane Geoghegan Trust from his last expedition, he has now chosen Limerick based Headstrong, which supports young people’s mental health, and Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), the world’s leading medical humanitarian organisation which works principally in emergency situations, to be the recipients of this next challenge. To support Mark log on to mycharity.ie/events/k4and5.

Limerick man Mark Quinn reached the summit of Mount Aconcagua in preparation for Everest.

Limerick man Mark Quinn reached the summit of Mount Aconcagua in preparation for Everest.

 

Mark Quinn with Mayor Gerry McLoughlin, Deirdre Mangaoang, Mdecins Sans Frontires and Orlaith Foley, Headstrong.

Mark Quinn with Mayor Gerry McLoughlin, Deirdre Mangaoang, Mdecins Sans Frontires and Orlaith Foley, Headstrong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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