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Kieran ready to tackle Everest in memory of brother

VICTORIA Bridge native Kieran McClintock is set to tackle the highest  mountain in the world this coming September in memory of his late  brother, who was a keen hill walker himself.

In just a few weeks time Kieran will journey to Nepal to begin his  ascent of Mount Everest, and will climb over 17,000ft to reach Base  Camp.

Although a very tough physical and mental challenge it is something  Kieran feels compelled to do in memory of his brother, Gerard.

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Gerard passed away in April 2017 after suffering for many years with  an alcohol addiction. Through his trek Kieran hopes to raise awareness  and funds for two important services that helped Gerard throughout his  addiction journey, Aware NI and the Northlands Addiction Treatment  Centre in Derry.

The McClintock family have held several memorial walks for Gerard  since his passing, including climbing Muckish mountain and Mount  Errigal, but this latest  challenge will be the biggest test yet.

Kieran will be joined on the 14 day trek by two of Gerard’s friends  from the Strabane Ramblers walking club, Leo Doherty and Lorraine  O’Donnell.

The trio have done a lot of training, including a substantial amount  of hill walking, in preparation for the big climb.

“We were also advised to do yoga and pilates so we have been doing a  lot of that to make sure we’re ready,” said Kieran.
“I am actually really looking forward to it.”

Documenting the entire hike, Kieran will be posting a daily blog on  his Facebook page, Kieran’s trek, to keep everyone up to date with his  journey which begins on September 20.

So far Kieran has raised over £7,000 for the two charities, and all  the money donated will go directly to them.

“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who sponsored the trip and  all those who have helped me along the way,” said Kieran. “I would  also like to say a special thank you to my wife Jackie for all her  support over the years.”

* If you would like to donate to Kieran’s cause you can visit the  crowdfunding page at justgiving.com/fundraising/kieran-mcclintock.

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