LIMERICKMAN Mark Quinn, who last week became the youngest Irish person ever to conquer Mount Everest, is set to return home this weekend, and has revealed just how difficult it was to summit the world’s highest mountain.
Quinn, from Rhebogue, has spent more than two months in the Himalayas, is due to arrive into Shannon Airport this Sunday night where he is likely to receive a huge welcome.
Speaking for the first time since he conquered Everest on May 21 last, the 27-year-old said he was “glad to be down and can’t wait to get home to Limerick”.
Mark’s climb went under the slogan “30,000 Feet for Shane”, and he is hoping to raise €30,000 for the Shane Geoghegan Trust, for which he placed a badge at the top of the 8,848m mountain.
“There are so many people I would like to thank, but of course, Ger Clarke and everyone involved with the Shane Geoghegan Trust who have been so helpful and it has been an honour to be involved with them,” said Mark.
He revealed that the final push to the top was exceptionally difficult.
“When I was on the way up, I went into a very difficult and hard (place) - it is funny, the things I thought about weren’t what I read about it in books,” he explained.
A welcome home party will be held for Mark on Saturday, June 11.