Ripon trainer aims to scale the heights

Graeme Taylor will join a British Army exhibition to climb the mountain. (S)

Graeme Taylor will join a British Army exhibition to climb the mountain. (S)

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An executive trainer and consultant who lives in Ripon is about to embark on a two-month expedition to the Himalayas.

Graeme Taylor 42, managing director of Centred Coaching, will join a British Army expedition to climb Mount Manaslu – the eighth highest mountain in the world – on the border between Nepal and China. He departs on August 24 and will return in October.

Graeme first started climbing in 1987 as part of Army training activities and since then has climbed and ski-mountaineered all over the world. A long career in the British Forces as a mountaineer, leader and coach has enabled Graeme to help others reach their full potential.

Graeme said: “This is a great opportunity for me to put something back into military mountaineering.

“We are a team of eight and seek to provide the platform for the less experienced members to go on and lead major expeditions in the future.”

He said the route they would be taking was not without its dangers.

“The trekking route is through a mountainous area which is prone to monsoon rainfall and landslides,” said Graeme.

“Manaslu was in the news last year after an avalanche killed a number of climbers.

“The extreme high altitude and the ability of our bodies to acclimatise will be the greatest challenge and we are taking nine days to walk to the base camp which should see us acclimatised and ready to start working on the mountain.

“It will be a test of endurance for everyone, even more so for some of the team who have not experienced these conditions before.”

Mount Manaslu was first climbed in 1956 by a Japanese expedition and it stands at 8,156 metres (26,759 ft) above sea level.

The expedition has been three years in the planning and Graeme started his physical preparations in May.

The team is hoping to blog during the expedition – subject to the technology working, you can follow Graeme’s progress at http://centred-coaching-mtblanc2012.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/preparing-to-climb-mt-manaslu-8156m.html