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Quadriplegic Former Rugby Player Ed Jackson Summits Everest on Stairs

Former professional rugby player Ed Jackson has scaled the height of Mt Everest up the staircase at his parents’ house. The Bath resident made the journey of 8,848 metres, across 89,056 stairs or 2,783 trips up and down the same flight of stairs.

Jackson, 31, was told he may never walk again after sustaining injuries in a swimming pool accident in 2017, yet his incredible recovery has seen him take on many inspiring challenges though, including walking up Snowdon in Wales and Mount Buet in France.

Ed Jackson Climbs Mount Everest Indoors, for Wings for Life, Bath, UK on April 24 2020 | Darren Wheeler/Red Bull Content Pool

The latest challenge began on Tuesday April 21 at 8.00AM with Jackson attempting to hike the height of Mt Everest on his staircase. He walked the final step at 4.00pm on Friday.

The former Bath and London Wasps forward spent over eight hours a day hobbling up the staircase on effectively one leg due to his Brown-Sequard Syndrome, a neurological condition that results in weakness or paralysis of one side of the body. As he stood atop of his metaphorical summit, he had raised over £34,000 for spinal cord research foundation, Wings for Life, and NHS affiliated charities.

Ed Jackson Climbs Mount Everest Indoors, for Wings for Life, Bath, UK on April 24 2020 | Darren Wheeler/Red Bull Content Pool

Jackson began Friday’s final effort at 4:00am, with a head torch illuminating the darkness of the corridor, climbing 2,168 metres or 10,912 steps.

The challenge wasn’t without the usual pains and perils that one usually encounters on Mt Everest, with him suffering numerous blisters to his fingers and toes, as well as several avalanches of styrofoam caused by his wife and step-mother.

“What a weird four days it’s been! I thought this challenge would be unbelievably tedious, but have enjoyed so much support from people in so many different ways, be it joining in on my Instagram live sessions or calls of good luck. I’m overwhelmed with the amount of money we have raised for some great charities, I can’t thank everybody enough for their generous donations. The biggest thanks probably needs to go to my wife and parents for putting up with me!”

Ed Jackson
Ed Jackson Climbs Mount Everest Indoors, for Wings for Life, Bath, UK on April 24 2020 | Darren Wheeler/Red Bull Content Pool

You can donate to Ed’s amazing efforts via his fundraising page at Virgin Money Giving where he is, at time of writing, 98% of the way toward his £40,000 total, having raised a fantastic £39,365.

  

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