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raised of £8,850 target by 171 supporters

    Weʼve raised £8,160 to Ian's climbing Everest to raise urgently needed money for the Bristol Old Vic Theatre to help them get through the Covid-19 Epidemic

    Canynge Square, Clifton, Bristol
    Funded on Wednesday, 31st March 2021

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    Bristol Old Vic lost 75% of their income overnight due to Covid-19, yet despite lockdown they have continued to support local artists and emerging talent right through the crisis and are continuing to provide paid opportunities for artists to create and perform. Although they have recently reopened their doors, they still need support to ensure they remain open for future generations to enjoy, and so that they can continue transforming the lives of others through their work.

    I have decided to climb the equivalent of Everest in support of the Bristol Old Vic for three reasons:

    1) in memory of my wife Rosamund who sadly died on January 26th, 2019 and would have thought that this was the sort of mad thing I would do;

    2) my wife Rosamund and I both loved attending Bristol Old Vic performances and, with such a creative theatre in our midst, we felt very strongly that we should support them. Now as a member of the Director’s Circle I have got to know both the staff and the actors much more closely and my interest in the theatre and what they are trying to achieve has grown. I am now committed to raise a significant amount of money for them to help them through this Covid-19 crisis;

    3) At the age of 75 this December, this the closest I’ll get to climbing Everest, which I’ve always wanted to try since 2006, when my son Andrew climbed Everest as part of the EverestMax Expedition.

    The fact that Andrew has already climbed Everest helps give me the authentication and advice I need to do the climb. He will be lending me his Everest Tent and Tibetan Prayer Flags to decorate the route and make it more authentic. I plan to sleep in the Everest Tent set up on my roof terrace during the ascent from base camp to the summit. The climb from the basement in my house to the top floor room and terrace is 13m or 42ft - 5 floors with 4 sets of stairs between them. So, my total climb from Kathmandu (Alt 4,600ft) to Everest Summit (Alt 29,032ft) will be 24,432ft, 573 house climbs or 2,292 floors.

    I aim to start my climb (virtually of course) from Kathmandu:

    Day 1, Monday 21st September – Kathmandu (Alt 4,600ft) to Friendship Bridge, Kodari (Alt 7000ft) – 2,900ft climb – 68 house ascents - completed 3:50pm 21/9/20 + interviews with Alan Crowther Radio Bristol + ITV News - height today only 300ft short of the highest mountain in England!!

    Day 2, Tuesday 22nd September – Kodari, Nepal to Zhangmu, Tibet (Alt 9186ft) – 1,686ft climb – 40 house ascents

    Day 3, Wednesday 23rd September – Zhangmu to Nyalam (Alt 12,303ft) – 3,117ft climb – 73 house ascents

    Day 4, Thursday 24th September – Nyalam to Wild Camp 1 (Alt 13,976ft) – 1,673ft climb – 39 house ascents

    Day 5, Friday 25th September – Wild Camp 1 to Everest Base Camp (Alt 17,060ft) – 3,084ft – 72 house ascents – by the time I reach Everest Base Camp I will have climbed 12,460ft, done 292 house ascents (1,168 floors) and be approximately half way – on this evening I will be pitching Andrew’s Everest tent on the roof terrace and sleeping and cooking up there.

    Day 6, Saturday 26th September – Everest Base Camp to Interim Camp (Alt 19,029) – 1,929ft climb – 46 house ascents.

    Day 7, Sunday 27th September – Interim Camp to Advanced Base Camp (Alt 20,997ft) – 1,929ft climb – 46 house ascents

    Day 8, Monday 28th September – Advanced Base Camp to North Col (Alt 23,622ft) – climb 2,625ft – 62 house ascents

    Day 9 morning, Tuesday 29th September – North Col to Camp 2 (Alt 24,934ft) – climb 1,312ft – 31 house climbs – stopping for lunch

    Day 9 afternoon, Tuesday 29th September – Camp 2 to Camp 3 (Alt 26,575) – 1,640ft – 38 house ascents

    Day 10, Wednesday 30th September – Camp 3 to the Summit (Alt 29032ft) – climb 2,457ft – 58 house ascents - by this particular evening I will have climbed a total of 24,432ft, completed 573 house climbs or 2,292 floors.

    I'm hoping I can persuade my son Andrew to send photographs from his own experience to illustrate the various stages I get to. Of course, he had to endure both the cold, oxygen depletion and the potential of altitude sickness - aspects thankfully I do not have to put up with.

    It would be lovely to raise the height of Everest in pounds sterling for the Bristol Old Vic. I would be delighted if we raised the height in metres - £8,850 but it would be amazing if we could raise its height in feet - £29,032.

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    Thank you so much for your support.




    • Ian Sutherland2 years ago
      Ian Sutherland

      Ian Sutherland

      2 years ago

      Just a short note to let you all know we have passed the £8,000 mark and because it is the "Big Give Christmas Challenge" ( - ( - I will donate all I have raised this week which will mean that the £8,000 you all helped me raise with my Everest Climb will become £18,000 by the time it gets to the Bristol Old Vic. If there is anyone who still has not donated or wants to donate more, then there is still 6 days to go when your donation will more than double. Thanks again. Ian

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    • Ian Sutherland2 years ago
      Ian Sutherland

      Ian Sutherland

      2 years ago

      Thank you all once again for your most generous donations to the Bristol Old Vic (BoV). The really good news is that everything you have given will be doubled as the BoV have signed up to the Big Give Christmas Challenge and I'll be able to donate the money I've raised this way. The photo below is summiting Goatfell on the Isle of Arran with my Everest climbing son Andrew & two of my grandchildren - Skye (10) and Percy (13). I was taking advantage of my new found fitness after my Everest Challenge. Ian

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    • Ian Sutherland2 years ago
      Ian Sutherland

      Ian Sutherland

      2 years ago

      /cont from previous post. The second “the world’s longest climb” by Pauline Sanderson has many pictures. It is very interesting to read two different books written about the same journey but from different perspectives. I would recommend both. Finally, have I achieved my target of £8,850 raised for the Bristol Old Vic? As I write this, the total is so far £5,920 but still going up. Let’s hope that the recent publicity, Radio Bristol yesterday and the ITN News this morning, will push it up still further. Keep spreading the word for BoV

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    • Geof and Kate (NIMR)

      Geof and Kate (NIMR)

      Dec 13, 2020

      Well done Ian that's a lot of stairs but for a good cause!


    • Derek


      Dec 3, 2020

      Well done, Ian.


    • Sally Walker

      Sally Walker

      Dec 2, 2020

      Congratulations , how's the stair carpet!!!


    • Edward B

      Edward B

      Dec 2, 2020

      Burning thighs and a mind still on fire ... great combo of warmth. No overheating, now ...


    • Anonymous


      Nov 29, 2020

      You are nearly there Ian - keep going


    • Sarah, Rob, Toby and Alfie xx

      Sarah, Rob, Toby and Alfie xx

      Nov 3, 2020

      Great job Ian. Hope you reach your target. What’s your challenge for this lock down? Xx


    • Anonymous


      Nov 2, 2020


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    Ian Sutherland

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    Canynge Square, Clifton, Bristol

    After Ian retired as a professor at Brunel in 2012, he set out with his wife Rosamund in 2015 to sail round Britain, but sadly in 2019, Ian’s wife Rosamund died. Since then he has been determined to keep Rosamund’s legacy alive and one of her passions was the Bristol Old Vic.

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