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David Tait has climbed Mount Everest five times in aid of the NSPCC and raised over £1,000,000.

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2017-08-22 09:11:41

David's Latest: 22/08/17

Emergency Nspcc Superdrug appeal – only hours left

Hi all

Please help the NSPCC become Superdrug’s next charity partner worth up to 4million.

We have until midnight to try and help the NSPCC secure this partnership by voting on Superdrug’s Facebook page, anyone can vote and by doing so in support of the NSPCC you … Read More

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2017-08-21 18:38:12

David's Latest: 21/08/17

Emergency Nspcc Superdrug appeal – only hours left

Hi all

Please help the NSPCC become Superdrug’s next charity partner worth up to 4million.

We have until midnight to try and help the NSPCC secure this partnership by voting on Superdrug’s Facebook page, anyone can vote and by doing so in support of the NSPCC you … Read More

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2017-05-11 05:50:26

David's Latest: 11/05/17

Dispatch 9. 11/5/17

Hi all,

Just how was he not slipping? It was as if he wore invisible crampons! No matter how I concentrated, one of my heavily booted feet developed a mind of its own every third step rendering me temporarily breathless. As I struggled to match both the young … Read More

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2017-05-02 09:05:25

David's Latest: 02/05/17

Interim dispatch. Everest BC 2/5/17

Hi all,

The death of Ueli Steck, the impromptu departure of a troubled member of our team and the inclement high altitude weather has taken a toll on the team's mood over the last few days.

Some of the team knew Ueli well, others, like me, … Read More

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2017-04-28 09:15:23

David's Latest: 28/04/17

Dispatch 8. C2/3 to Everest BC, 28th April.

Hi all,

Apparently the only thing certain about a plan is that it will change! After many varied and colourful iterations of the original climbing plan I finally found myself awake before my alarm, staring at the inside of my tent as it was battered by heavy and … Read More

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2017-04-26 09:29:11

David's Latest: 26/04/17

Dispatch 7. 26/4/17, BC to C2 {Advance BC 6400m]

Hi all,

I awoke at 01:30 am on the morning of the 22nd and reached for my headlamp. The powerful mini beam reflected off the ice encrusted tent interior. Only one part of my body had been exposed to the elements during the freezing night - my mouth. The … Read More

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2017-04-21 07:20:21

David's Latest: 21/04/17

Interim dispatch – 21/4/17

Hi all,

We leave BC for Camp 2 tomorrow morning at 2am, negotiating the hideous icefall with the intention of sleeping 2 restless nights at 6400m, climbing further to Camp 3 at 7400m, sleeping one night and then descending to either BC if the weather is bad, or … Read More

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2017-04-19 10:43:51

David's Latest: 19/04/17

Dispatch 6. Lobouche to Everest Bc, 15/4-18/4.

Hi all.

The 15th and 16th were essentially wasted. I sat huddled in the mess tent the remainder of the 15th afternoon having descended from snowy Rock Camp just reading and listening to the patter of snow on the tent roof. I ploughed through cup after cup of … Read More

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2017-04-15 09:00:34

David's Latest: 15/04/17

Dispatch 5. Lobuche Bc 4800m, 15/4/217


I actually had an ensuite bathroom! An ensuite in a Pheriche trekking lodge? Unheard of! - but what a luxury, and the toilet actually flushed (as opposed to having to manually pour jugs of water down the loo). The hot and cold taps on the sink suggested hot running … Read More

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2017-04-13 12:57:07

David's Latest: 13/04/17

Dispatch 4, Khumjung to Pheriche 13/4/17

My phone alarm chirped and I was awake. I reached above and behind my head, pulled back the curtain and was greeted with beautiful blue sky and frosty potato fields. The adolescent yak standing outside my bedroom window when I turned in was still in the precise same place and … Read More

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2017-04-12 08:38:26

David's Latest: 12/04/17

Dispatch 3. Kat to Kumjung 4000m, 12/4/2017

Hi all,

We circled for 30 nervous minutes over Kathmandu in the impenetrable, deep haze. My heart was in my mouth – were we about to divert to some unknown, distant airport and throw my carefully laid plans into total disarray? I told myself to relax and enjoy … Read More

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2017-04-11 00:12:04

David's Latest: 11/04/17

11/4/17, In the beginning – Doha.

Hi all,

I'm scarcely able to reconcile the opulence and luxury of the fabulous but slightly impersonal lounge at Doha airport with what awaits me in a few days. It's this vision of ultimate comfort that normally pops into my mind a couple of hundred times a day … Read More

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2017-04-01 06:11:21

David's Latest: 01/04/17

1/4/2017 No April fool – Dispatch 1 London

Hi all,

There are 7 gym miserable gym sessions remaining before I once again wave goodbye to a very comfortable existence, those who mean so much and board the flight to Kathmandu.

Sitting here in my home office watching the dawn break whilst around me everyone … Read More

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2017-02-03 15:53:58

David's Latest: 03/02/17

Nspcc/Everest 2017

Hi,

Since my 2013 Everest climb 900, 000 Childline Counselling sessions with damaged children have taken place against a backdrop of 3.5 million contacts answered. That is one contact every 25 seconds. So it is clear that there is still more to be done.

I have been … Read More

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2017-02-03 11:32:20

David's Latest: 03/02/17

Aconcagua Summit 7th Jan 2017

A little late, but I'm glad to say I sumitted Aconcagua on the 7th Jan - dtOn top - Read More

Dispatch

2017-01-03 17:41:23

David's Latest: 03/01/17

Aconcagua Bc 29/12-3/1 (4100m)

Hi folks,

My Aconcagua adventure began at Heathrow on the 29th of December with a short flight to Madrid, before a painfully long flight to Santiago, Chile and concluding with a final short hop to Mendoza in Argentina. We then loaded our gear into an open top pickup … Read More

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2018-09-19 19:31:50

My story for the NSPCC

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2018-09-19 19:31:50

Everest Beyond The Limit – Seas…

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2017-04-27 10:33:11

2017 Video 5, 26th April – West…

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2017-04-27 10:32:35

2017 Video 4, 26th April – The …

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2017-04-19 16:51:57

2017 Video 3, 19th April – Ever…

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2017-04-18 22:02:35

NSPCC – How far will one man go…

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2017-04-18 11:05:20

2017 Video 2, 18th April – Khum…

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2017-04-13 11:06:08

2017 Video 1, 12th April – Kath…

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2015-07-20 11:38:35

K2 26 – Base Camp 2 Look Around

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2015-07-20 11:38:28

K2 25 – K2 Approach

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2015-07-13 12:18:41

K2 24 – Atif

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2015-07-13 10:28:29

K2 23 – Talk to Camera

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2015-07-09 15:05:37

K2 22 – Broad Peak Panorama

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2015-07-09 15:04:59

K2 21 – Broad Peak Camp 2 Talk …

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2015-07-09 15:03:40

K2 20 – Broad Peak Camp 2 Tent

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2015-07-09 15:02:40

K2 19 – Broad Peak Camp 2 Arrival

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2015-07-09 15:01:13

K2 18 – Broad Peak Camp 1 to Ca…

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2015-07-09 15:00:53

K2 17 – Broad Peak Camp 1 Arrival

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2015-07-07 15:21:18

K2 16 – Panorama

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2015-07-07 15:21:16

K2 15 – En Route part 2

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2015-07-07 15:21:13

K2 14 – En Route part 1

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2015-07-03 10:43:18

K2 13 – Base Camp (part 3)

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2015-07-03 10:42:41

K2 12 – Base Camp (part 2)

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2015-07-03 10:42:27

K2 11 – Base Camp (part 1)

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2015-06-29 10:56:54

K2 10 – K2 Arrival

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2015-06-29 10:56:52

K2 09 – Pre K2 Speech

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2015-06-29 10:56:50

K2 08 – Urdukas 360

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2015-06-29 10:56:48

K2 07 – Paiju Butcher

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2015-06-29 10:56:45

K2 06 – Truckleg

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2015-06-26 10:52:02

K2 05 – Skardu to Askole

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2015-06-26 10:51:02

K2 04 – Skardu to Askole

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2015-06-26 10:50:02

K2 03 – Skardu Jeep Convoy

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2015-06-26 10:49:02

K2 02 – Skardu Jeep Loading

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2015-06-26 10:48:41

K2 01 – Skardu

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2015-06-26 10:40:10

K2 – Islamabad

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2014-11-05 11:50:34

Summit 2011

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2014-11-05 11:39:01

Summit 2009

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2014-11-05 10:26:06

Summit 2007

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2014-11-05 10:24:40

Summit 2005 Gallery

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2014-11-05 10:23:27

Summit 2005

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2014-04-22 16:16:09

Sky News – Everest Avalanch…

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2014-02-09 12:16:17

Training

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2013-11-01 12:15:58

What do you think about?

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2013-10-10 12:15:38

Mountain essentials

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2013-09-29 12:15:22

Rituals and superstitions

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2013-09-20 12:15:03

Writing

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2013-09-01 12:14:42

Kathmandu

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2013-08-01 12:14:17

Base Camp

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2013-08-01 12:13:54

Sky News Interview – 29th May

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2013-07-12 12:13:58

Favourite Camp

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2013-07-12 12:13:40

Least favourite camp

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2013-06-06 12:13:19

Turning around

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2013-05-30 12:11:19

Jeep getaway

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2013-05-23 12:10:39

A close call

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2013-05-15 12:11:00

Near death experience

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2013-05-14 12:10:18

Dreams on the mountain

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2013-05-14 11:46:28

Video Dispatch 12

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2013-05-13 12:09:57

You don’t beat the mountain

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2013-05-10 09:17:11

David’s personal story part 2

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2013-05-09 12:13:00

Messages of support

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2013-05-09 12:12:40

The Sherpa, Phurba

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2013-05-09 12:12:20

Death on the mountain

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2013-05-09 12:11:58

Edmund Hillary

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2013-05-09 12:11:38

Phoning home

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2013-05-09 12:09:19

The happiness line

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2013-05-09 12:04:44

Preparing for the summit

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2013-05-07 16:56:06

Video Dispatch 11

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2013-05-07 13:56:18

Video Dispatch 10

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2013-04-29 13:29:47

Video Dispatch 9

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2013-04-29 09:52:05

Video Dispatch 8

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2013-04-24 16:30:10

Video dispatch 7

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2013-04-24 10:39:48

Video Dispatch 6

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2013-04-22 16:50:28

Video Dispatch 5

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2013-04-22 16:40:42

Video Dispatch 4

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2013-04-22 00:00:43

Video Dispatch 3

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2013-04-20 13:09:21

Video Dispatch 2

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2013-04-19 10:57:26

Video Dispatch 1

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2013-02-08 17:57:21

Summit ‘11

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2013-01-31 21:06:54

Summit ‘09

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2013-01-31 21:04:21

Summit ‘05

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2013-01-31 21:01:27

Summit ‘07

NSPCC

The Need

The effects of sexual abuse are devastating. Without help, sexually abused children can develop long-term social, emotional and mental health problems. Sexual abuse usually occurs in secrecy with no witnesses. We cannot know for certain how many children are being abused right now. But we do know that many abused children (one third) will never tell anyone about their abuse, even into adulthood. We estimate that one in 20 children in the UK are sexually abused before they reach 18. And far too many of these children don’t get the help they need to recover from sexual abuse. The NSPCC is working hard to put an end to this. We’re here so that children don’t suffer in silence. We help children who have been abused, prevent abuse from happening in the first place, and make sure that every single person in the UK knows what to do to play their part.

Susan’s story

In her short life, Susan has experienced more suffering than most of us could ever imagine. But with time, we know we can help her turn her life around. Susan was emotionally and physically abused from birth by the very people who were supposed to protect her. Then, at six years old, her 18-year-old babysitter sexually abused her. Her mum and dad didn’t do anything about it and continued to see him and his family. How Susan felt after the trauma of sexual abuse didn’t matter. It was clear that Susan could no longer live with her parents, so arrangements were made for her to go into care. By the age of eight Susan was withdrawn, struggled to communicate and was bullied at school. She used to cling to her foster carer and bang her head against walls. Social services referred Susan to the NSPCC. Our therapeutic team work with Susan to help her overcome her experiences. Play therapy – painting, drawing and writing – have really helped Susan to make sense of what’s happened. Susan has been with us for just over a year now, and the future looks brighter for her. She has made friends at school and is finally able to say good things about herself. With a little more help things will get better for Susan.

ChidLine School Service

Many primary school children are suffering abuse and neglect. They can wait months, or even years, before calling us or getting any kind of help. Some suffer in silence for so long – at the hands of those who are meant to protect them – they believe what’s happening is normal. We’re going to protect these children, one primary school at a time. We’re going to teach them about abuse, tell them it’s OK to talk, and show them where to get help. By 2016, we aim to reach 1.8million children across the UK. We’re going to protect a generation of children from abuse.

To find out more about the NSPCC’s services including ChildLine visit www.nspcc.org.uk.

2015 Mission

David Tait, an NSPCC Trustee and one of the charity’s most inspiring fundraisers, is climbing K2 for the first time, having climbed Mt. Everest 5 times previously for the NSPCC. David embodies everything you would expect from a fundraising hero: spirit, tenacity and a desire to test the limits. But unfortunately, this has not always been the case. David suffered sexual abuse as a child at the hands of a family friend. His abuser threatened David, leaving him too terrified to tell anyone what had happened. He spent many years not understanding what had occurred, at great cost to himself and those around him.

“It was this suffering that helped push me to try to excel in whatever I do, to want to reach greater and greater achievements.”

His experiences drove him to be the first person ever to complete the North-South traverse of Everest in 2007. David’s resolve to make a difference comes from knowing that, had he received help at an earlier age, he would not have suffered as much. Consequently, David is absolutely determined to make the future better for children.

David has raised over £1,000,000 from his previous climbs, and is aiming for a single target of £1,000,000 for the 2015 K2 mission.

David Tait

Previous expedition archives:

2005 Everest expedition
2007 & 2009 Everest expeditions
2011 Everest expedition
2013 Everest expedition

Mission Archive

2007 & 2009 Everest expeditions

2007: The world’s first ever North to South Everest Traverse. Had intended to do “the double” but for a variety of reasons chose to stop having completed just one. Climbed with Phurba Tashi, a now famous Sherpa – and we still hold the record!

2009: My first ascent from the South or Nepalese side. Intended to climb the mountain without supplemental oxygen, but personal circumstances demanded that I join the rope-fixers [a real privilege] and take oxygen. The first “white guy” ever to be allowed to do this – very grateful – first on the summit this year.

2011 Everest expedition

Again from the South side – with small team, again with the rope fixers and once again one of the first on the summit – almost died in ice-fall collapse.

2013 Everest expedition

From the Nepalese/South side once more. Carried a flag from HM the Queen on behalf of the NSPCC, celebrating both the Queen’s ascension to the Throne and also the first steps on the summit by Hillary and Tensing in 1953 – Called the Royal Ascent. Almost died in an avalanche, but was lucky once again.

2015 K2 expedition