Trek to Everest in honour of unsung explorer

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A triple world record holder from Bexhill will trek to the world’s highest mountain in preparation for an expedition to the South Pole in 2015.

Jan Meek, whose previous adventures include rowing across the Atlantic and playing cricket at the magnetic North Pole, teamed up with Hastings-based Roger Davies to form the Unfinished Business Society in honour of the explorer Tom Crean and others who were essential support to the legends of expeditions, but remained in support – never being in at the finish of the business of the expedition.

Since its launch, the group has put together teams which have subsequently climbed Kilimanjaro, trekked in the Atlas Mountains, rowed the Channel and managed to ski to North Pole – raising money for a host of charities along the way.

And the latest adventure got underway earlier this month when the Unfinished Business team left the society’s HQ in London for Everest’s Basecamp.

The 18 day journey includes a hike along the Dudh Khosi river, a climb to the bustling Sherpa settlement of Namche Bazaar and a trek, before tackling the 5,545 metre elevation.

The team of eight adventurers who will trek more than 10 miles daily for a week to reach the summit at Basecamp and experience standing face to face with world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest.

For Jan and Roger the trek is the start of their preparation for an Unfinished Business Society expedition to the South Pole in November 2015. Mr Meek explained: “Altitude training is key to any South Pole success, this is our start, Kilimanjaro in September this year is the next hurdle and part of my own unfinished business agenda.” And Mr Davies explained the decision behind founding Unfinished Business: “We wanted to avoid the almost commercial extreme adventure approach and ensure that all the society expedition groups were made up of interesting people committed to the challenge and prepared to contribute to the well-being of others through charitable giving and our schools speakers programme which Jan leads. “This is not an easy trek and final part is especially challenging, but it is very rewarding once you see the spectacular view from the top. It is something that stays with you forever.” The eventual trip to the South Pole will mirror - and hopefully complete - the journey of Tom Crean, who accompanied Shackleton and Scott on their trips to the South Pole, but like others who were essential support to the legends of expeditions, did not share the glory reaching the pole themselves.