Richard swaps the mountains for Morpeth

Richard Pattinson on the summit of Ama Dablam with Everest in the background.
Richard Pattinson on the summit of Ama Dablam with Everest in the background.

A MOUNTAINEER who has been all over the world is coming to Morpeth to speak about his latest trip to the Himalayas.

Although he played for Gillingham FC’s youth team, Richard Pattison accepted in his mid-20s that he was not going to be a professional footballer so he turned to his other big passion — climbing.

He soon found that he had a knack for it and he started to regularly get to the summit of huge mountains after saving up money through work.

And the 37-year-old, who grew up in Northumberland and Kent, made history when he climbed Everest three years ago, as he was then only the 27th Briton to reach the highest point in each of the seven continents.

He returned to the Himalayan range seven months ago and climbed Ama Dablam, which is about 6,800m high.

Next week, Mr Pattison will give two talks about his experiences at an event at Morpeth Golf Club to raise money for the Lady Captain’s charity, St Oswald’s Hospice. This year’s captain is his mum, Audrey.

“I love the challenge of trying to reach a mountain summit and 2009 was a momentous year as I completed the seven peaks by climbing the tallest ranges in Asia and Antarctica,” he said.

“Everest took two months because you need to adapt your body to the lack of oxygen, but it was a fantastic feeling of elation to reach the top. The Antarctica trek was very interesting as the area was completely white and I was able to find an inner peace in such a solitary place.

“Going up Ama Dablam was a tougher challenge than Everest at times because it’s a lot steeper and you need more oxygen to climb it. When we reached the top we had some fantastic views of the top of Everest.

“I enjoy sharing my experiences and it’s great that I can help my mum to raise money for such a worthy cause.”

Mr Pattison has lived in Australia for most of the last decade and enjoys trekking through canyons and gorges and other activities, such as abseiling in the Blue Mountains.

His presentations will take place on Thursday, July 26 and Saturday, July 28 from 7pm. They include photographs and videos.

Admission is £6, which includes entry into a prize draw. Tickets are available at the golf club on 01670 504942, or from Mrs Pattison on 01670 851108.