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Adam to tackle epic challenges to celebrate his 30th
Adam's only previous mountaineering experience is climbing Scafell Pike in the Lake District
Adam's only previous mountaineering experience is climbing Scafell Pike in the Lake District

Most people celebrate their 30th birthday with a big cake or a night on the tiles - but not Derby's Adam Fairfield.

The employment consultant is planning to mark the occasion by taking on three consecutive challenges for charity.

Adam will begin with an assault on Mount Everest's base camp in April.

He will then take on Britain's Three Peak Challenge before finishing with Newcastle's Great North Run in September.

The 29-year-old told BBC Radio Derby he was most nervous about his Mount Everest climb, which will see him contend with freezing conditions and high altitudes as he makes his way up more than 18,000 ft of treacherous mountain.

He said: "I'm doing a lot of training but when it comes to acute mountain sickness, that can affect the fittest person in the world.

"I'm going into the unknown as I've never done anything like this before.

"The highest I've ever been is up Mount Teide in Tenerife and I got quite sick that day so that's playing on my mind a bit."

Mount Everest

After Everest, Adam will attempt the Three Peak challenge with a group of friends.

The challenge involves summiting Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowden within 24 hours.

He will then race in the Great North Run, the world's biggest road race, on 18 September.

During the three challenges, Adam will be raising money for two charities - the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and Children With Leukaemia.

His fundraising effort has got off to a flying start thanks to a £500 donation from his employers, Zenos IT Training Academy.

But aside from raising lots of money, Adam's biggest hope is he fulfills his aim to arrive at Everest's Base Camp on his birthday - 4 April.

He explained: "I always knew I'd do something big for my 30th birthday - and they don't come much bigger than Mount Everest.

"Perhaps for my 40th I will be able to summit the peak - although apparently that costs £30,000 so if anyone can lend me that, get in touch!"

People can donate or sponsor Adam via his Just Giving page.




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