Fearless Fred from West Runton beats extreme weather to achieve his Everest goal

Fred Corbett in Nepal during his trek to Everest base camp. Fred Corbett in Nepal during his trek to Everest base camp.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
5:40 PM

A north Norfolk cabinet maker has achieved the goal he set himself of trekking to Everest base camp, in spite of extreme weather conditions which saw one of his party being airlifted to hospital.

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North Norfolk cabinet maker Fred Corbett in his Bodham workshop. Photo: Karen BethellNorth Norfolk cabinet maker Fred Corbett in his Bodham workshop. Photo: Karen Bethell

Fred Corbett, who lives at West Runton, decided to embark on the challenge in aid of the Ellen Mezzetti Memorial Fund, set up in memory of a Cromer High School student who died from epilepsy aged just 16 in 2006.

As a member of Ellen’s dad John’s Cromer gym Fighting Fit, Mr Corbett, who also attended Cromer High School, was keen to help out.

He prepared for his 18-day trek by having one-to-one training sessions with Mr Mezzetti, also attending martial arts classes at Fighting Fit.

“John’s help with training really came in handy,” Mr Corbett, 48, said. “It was much harder than any of us in the party imagined and, out of 20 of us who set off, only 18 made it to base camp.”

In the two weeks before Mr Corbett’s trek, more than four feet of snow had fallen in the area and, while much of this had cleared by the time of his visit, conditions were still difficult.

“It was a tremendous physical challenge,” he said. “But it was an amazing experience and I would like to thank everyone who supported me.”

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