Seaham trekker David hits the heights

David Reid raises his Sunderland scarf at the Everest base camp.

David Reid raises his Sunderland scarf at the Everest base camp.

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A FORMER soldier has celebrated a trekking triumph after reaching base camp of the World’s highest mountain.

David Reid joined the expedition to Everest for the Alzhemier’s Society, walking for nine days to reach its base camp at more than 5,300m high.

The group, who were strangers before they gathered to take on the challenge, also climbed Kala Patthar to view the peak of Everest.

David was one of 20 to join the group, who battled altitude sickness as they headed up the mountain, with the climb organised by Action Challenge.

The feat raised £2,100 for the Alzhemier’s Society, which was chosen by his employer Tesco as their charity of the year.

The 41-year-old, from Eastlea, Seaham, said: “It was great and probably the most humbling experience of my life seeing the religion and culture.

“I only really suffered a bit from what they call AMS – altitude mountain sickness. Everybody had it at around 4,000 metres, but once we became acclimatised we were OK.

“Now I’m planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in early March 2013 and I’ve got a couple of events lined up for 2012 – a triathlon, assault course and the three peaks.”

As part of his fund-raising efforts, David contacted the region’s football clubs to ask for support, with a tour of Middlesbrough’s ground offered by the Teesside club, and is still taking donations through his online sponsorship page.

Sunderland AFC fan David, who trains at Seaham Leisure Centre’s gym, was a member of the Royal Logistics Corps before taking up the job of security manager at Tesco’s Bishop Auckland.

Anyone who would like to add to his total so far can make a donation via at www.justgiving.com/davereid1969