A FORMER Peterhead man will be join a 26-strong group from wealth management company St. James’s Place taking part in an expedition to Everest next Spring.
Alastair Buchan (47), who lives in Ardoe, Aberdeen, will be part of an expedition which aims to raise £500,000 for the St. James’s Place Foundation, one of the most successful company charities in the UK.
The team will fly to Kathmandu in Nepal next April to trek more than 120 miles of gruelling terrain to Everest base camp at a height of 17,500 feet and will aim to climb Kala Patthar at 18,500 feet.
Alastair, who took part in the Balmoral Half Marathon for St. James’s Place last year, is a keen cyclist and hill walker.
He told the Buchanie: “I have always had an interest in Everest and have various books on the subject.
“Most of my reading relates to adventure and exploration and one of my heroes is Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who I once had the pleasure of meeting.”
Alastair said that during the trek it may rain or snow occasionally, while temperatures can reach as high as 25 degrees and at night plummet to well below zero.
“It really is a formidable walk to the top of the world,” he added.
The expedition team has undertaken a number of training and familiarisation sessions in the Alps and the Lake District before flying to Nepal at the end of March. All 26 underwent a rigorous interview and selection process to ensure they would have a good chance of reaching Base Camp and returning safely.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of St. James’s Place, and the effort to raise £500,000 will enable the funding of a multitude of projects that help hospices and children with special needs.
The team will be raising sponsorship from within the company, suppliers, clients and friends.
Anyone wishing to sponsor Alastair Buchan can do so by contacting him via www.justgiving.com/Alastair-Buchan
Meanwhile, as part of the fundraising effort Alastair has also commissioned two paintings of Everest.
There are 75 limited prints of each and these are being signed by Everest summiteers Sir Chris Bonington, Doug Scott, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Kenton Cool and David Hempleman-Adams.
For further information on how to obtain a print and the trek itself, you can log on to the website at www.sjp.co.uk/everest2012trek/index.html