County Durham Man First Ever Person with Cystic Fibrosis to Reach Mount Everest Summit

13 May 2016, 12:38 | Updated: 13 May 2016, 12:39

A 40 year-old man from County Durham has become the first person in the world with cystic fibrosis to conquer the summit of Mount Everest.

Nick Talbot who has cystic fibrosis, a life shortening genetic condition, has successfully reached the summit on his third attempt of the world's tallest mountain.

The team are currently resting back at camp four and will make their return to base camp in coming days.

In 2015, Nick’s last attempt was cut short by the earthquake that tragically devastated Base Camp, and his first attempt in 2014 was thwarted by an avalanche.

Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening genetic condition, which causes the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, to become clogged with thick sticky mucus, resulting in chronic infections and inflammation of the lungs. Half of those who die from CF are aged 28 or younger.

As well as completing this huge personal challenge, Nick has raised an incredible £78,800 so far for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. 

Nick, an experienced climber who has a milder form of CF, said he wanted to 'pay tribute to the thousands of people in the UK and beyond who climb a mountain every day battling cystic fibrosis', and praised the Trust’s campaign to ensure that a transformational new drug for people with his genotype was made available on the NHS.


Ed Owen, Chief Executive at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust said 

'We offer Nick and his whole team many congratulations on this remarkable achievement. We’re proud to have supported Nick over the years with his fight for a life unlimited by CF and we won’t stop fighting to help everyone with the condition achieve their own personal goals and ambitions.

'Nick has a minority mutation and along with benefiting from new gene modifying therapy means he’s remarkably well. We’re working tirelessly to ensure everyone with cystic fibrosis has access to similar precision medicines. We have come so far with the development of effective treatments for this life-shortening condition but there is still so much to do. We are so proud of Nick, what he has achieved is a huge milestone in the history of cystic fibrosis and demonstrates his own determination not to let his condition stop him from achieving his goals”

His journey has been captured by a team of documentary film-makers – watch the Breathing on Everest trailer. You can read the team’s blogs from throughout their journey, make a donation, or look back at the progress he has made on the Facebook page.