Dad with Parkinson’s On Historic Bid to Scale Everest

Parkinson's fundraiser Alex Flynn scales height of Everest twice on his stairs during the coronavirus lockdown for charity

A father-of-three with Parkinson’s disease has scaled the height of Everest twice on his stairs in aid of charity.

Athlete and adventurer Alex Flynn, 48 – a client of Palamedes PR – took seven and a half days to complete the incredible challenge from his own home.

He climbed and descended his staircase more than 3,500 times, covering a distance of 42,195m (138,435ft) – the equivalent of 26.21 vertical miles or a full marathon – at his two-storey home.

Each trip up and down took Flynn 12m (39.3ft) higher, meaning that the challenge required him to complete 1,758 ascents and 1,758 descents, and around 220,000 steps.

Around halfway through the attempt he went barefoot to reduce the pain of cramps in his Achilles heel and tendonitis.

And as a result of dystonia, a symptom of Parkinson’s that causes repetitive and involuntary muscle contractions, he was also forced to guide his right leg up most of the stairs – but at no point was he allowed to use the bannister for support.

Alex Flynn running
Athlete, adventurer and Parkinson’s fundraiser Alex Flynn scaled the equivalent of Mount Everest four and a half times on his stairs last year .

Last May, he covered a distance of 40,701m – the equivalent of 25.2 vertical miles or virtually a full marathon – by climbing and descending his staircase at home.

The incredible feat by Flynn – who has to endure tremors, muscle stiffness and rigidity on a daily basis – took seven and a half days and raised thousands for charity Parkinson’s UK.

Coverage was secured at the time in national newspapers including Metro

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who became the oldest person to reach the summit of Everest in 2009, praised the adventurer for completing the “Herculean charity challenge”.

Flynn has been interviewed by the i Newspaper about his upcoming challenge, explaining how his children provide him with the courage and determination to succeed. 

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