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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 May 2006, 14:36 GMT 15:36 UK
Fall victim reaches Everest peak
Conan Harrod the day before the accident
Mr Harrod was almost at the summit when he broke his leg
A British mountaineer who was forced to slide down Mount Everest with a broken leg has reached the summit in his second attempt on the peak.

Conan Harrod, 37, of Cheadle, Greater Manchester, was lucky to survive after smashing his leg just 250m (820ft) from the top of the mountain in May 2003.

After undergoing a number of operations he returned to Nepal in April and reached the summit on Wednesday.

Organisers described the expedition as "very, very successful".

Return journey

Mr Harrod, who got married before leaving for Nepal in April, is attempting to raise 3,000 for The Christie Hospital in Manchester.

He is part of an expedition group which includes 19-year-olds Rob Gauntlett and James Hooper - the youngest Britons to climb the peak.

A spokeswoman for Adventure Peaks, the company that organised the trip, said: "We had a call at 0830 this morning saying he had summitted. The team are now on their way back down to top camp.

"It has been a fantastic day and we've been very busy in the office with lots of calls. Everyone is really pleased."

Accidents 'fatal'

Mr Harrod is expected to make contact with the company via satellite phone in the next 24 hours.

The mountaineer's last attempt on the summit ended after he slipped when a sherpa pulled him after another climber lost his footing.

Accidents near the top are usually fatal but Mr Harrod survived after crawling and hopping for more than 1.2 miles (2km) to a rescue point.

The climbing party was then taken off a ridge of the mountain at 25,600ft (7,800m) by the Royal Navy.


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