WE might say we’d climb a mountain for someone, but Daniel Dublin actually went and did it.

The 40-year-old from Shoebury scaled Everest, the highest mountain in the world. It was in honour of his late father Michael Virgil Dublin who sadly and unexpectedly passed away aged 60 due to Covid-19 in January this year.

Daniel completed the 42km Everest Marathon, one of the toughest races in the world after trekking Everest’s base camp for 14 days prior. The famous mountain marathon starts at 5,364 metres above sea level.

Daniel navigated his way down through the Sherpa trails of the Khumba Valley, dodging yaks and making his way up the narrow paths, battling fatigue and low oxygen levels.

Prior to this, he trekked 14 days from Lukla airport, which is considered to be one of the most dangerous airports to land on as the runway sits on a mountain.


Echo: Challenging - Dan faced a huge test of enduranceChallenging - Dan faced a huge test of endurance


He said: “I encountered all kinds of extreme weather conditions, from crazy heat to spending two nights camping next to the Khumbu icefall at Everest Base Camp with temperature around minus 15 degrees.

“I had to overcome altitude sickness on two occasions, climbing up and down treacherous terrain and conditions, all before the Everest Marathon had even begun!”

Despite the extreme conditions, Dan says that completing the challenge was an amazing experience and a chance to honour his dad.

He said: “As you can imagine, this loss was devastating, but he was my biggest supporter in all of the fundraising events I competed in. This thought alone gave me the strength and determination to complete the Everest Marathon. So for me personally, the trek and Marathon was dedicated to the memory of my father and 90 other loved ones through ‘Miles in Memory’ – I wore all their names on the back of my T-shirt during my marathon.”


Echo: Gone but not forgotten - the 90 names Dan took with him on the marathonGone but not forgotten - the 90 names Dan took with him on the marathon


Daniel has participated in over 20 events to raise money for Havens Hospices and has raised £1,700 so far for the children’s hospice since 2015.

If you would like to take on a challenge of a lifetime in aid of Havens Hospices, visit www.havenshospices.org.uk/events.