For the first time in history the Donegal flag was flying from the highest place on earth on Sunday morning last when Jason Black, from Letterkenny, became the first person from the county to climb Mount Everest.
Mr. Black, a well known businessman and sports enthusiast, reached the summit of 29,028ft. at 7 a.m. after spending five weeks in the Himalayas preparing for the massive climb.
News of the historic event was confirmed when Mr. Black’s wife posted on his blogs: “It’s official. Mission accomplished. Jason has summited Mount Everest at 7 a.m. this morning. Was amazing!! He’s back at 8,200metres now and very tired.”
The Mayor of Letterkenny, Dessie Larkin, a person friend, commented: “I am extremely proud that the town and county has been portrayed in such an unbelievable positive manner. It is great he has put us on the map nationally and internationally.”
Colr Larkin said Mr. Black’s most treasured possession during the trip was a Donegal flag and that was now proudly floating on the summit.
It was not without cost. Writing in his blog just days before the final push to the summit Mr. Black remarked that a fellow climber had died in what is known locally as ‘the death zone’
A chance meeting with one of the first Irish people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, Dawson Stelfox, was his inspiration. It sparked his interest in mountain climbing and in recent adventure holidays the Letterkenny man has spent time in the Alps, Pyrenees and the Himalayas.
It’s understood a special homecoming reception is being organised for Mr. Black