Wrexham man names Nepalese peak in pal's memory

Published date: 06 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A PEAK in Nepal conquered by a Wrexham man has been named in honour of his close friend who died from cancer.

Brian Jackson, a director of Expedition Wise Ltd, a company specialising in charity challenges, undertook his own challenge to climb three peaks on behalf of Pancreatic Cancer UK.

His friend Arnold Black, 58, died in November last year from pancreatic cancer and Brian, 46, from Coedpoeth, wanted to do something in his memory.

On the challenge Brian became the first person to climb and name two of the mountains in Nepal.

He said: “It was absolutely amazing. It has been my dream since I was a young boy to climb an unclimbed peak.

“There are not that many places you can go now where you are the first.”

Mr Jackson achieved his first ascent of two unnamed and unclimbed mountains in Nepal, during a month long expedition in November.

On Thursday, November 14, he reached the summits and subsequently named them in Nepalese, Jaistai Dada which means ‘Just a Hill’ and Kaloche which means ‘Black Peak’ after Arnold Black, Brian’s friend of over 12 years.

Brian said: “Arnold died almost a year to the day that I reached the peak of Kaloche.

“Me and Brian were close. We lived in the same village and went to the same church in Wrexham.

“He was quite the character.”

Sue Black, Arnold’s widow said: “It’s phenomenal and hard to comprehend there is a mountain named in tribute to him.

“It is something his family will be able to know him for forever.”

Brian then went on to complete a first ascent of Chhubohe on the Saturday.

On his expedition he was supported by Pasang Sherpa and Tendi Sherpa.

Having trekked for seven days into a region known as the Lost Valleys, the team established base camp at a very remote location at 4,600m.

To climb the three separate peaks on the Chomochomo Danda range, Brian and his fellow climbers had to endure -20° temperatures, appalling snow conditions and finally, exposed scrambles onto the summit rock towers. “The weather was tough,” he said.

“The snow conditions were appalling and at times we were up to our knees and waist in it.”

But not only did he successfully reach the summit, but he has nearly reached the £5,000 target for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

He’s now increased his target to £5,640 – the height of Chhubohe.

Mr Jackson [lans to have a film premiere of all his footage taken on the trip and play it in Wrexham during some time in January.

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