WHETHER it’s the climbing the world’s highest mountain, completing the Kokoda Trail with a broken leg or beating cancer, Kevin Brown is a man not easily defeated.
The Five Dock resident, 60, recently returned from Everest where he reached base camp at over 5000m.
The former builder said the cancer that cost him a kidney at 55 made him reassess the balance of his life.
This led him to feats of endurance such as cycling the 1715km from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in 18 days and a bad injury suffered on the Kokoda Trail.
“I fractured the right fibula through on the second day,” Mr Brown said. “They wanted to chopper me out but I said ‘ not a chance, I’m going to struggle on and walk this through – no medication or anything.’
Kevin Brown at Everest. Source: Supplied
“It’s not an ego thing it’s all about achieving and if you give up at my stage of life you don’t want to do it a second time.”
Mr Brown trained for two years for the Everest climb, mostly at Fitness Clinic in Five Dock and running up and down the stairs at the Iron Cove Bridge with a weighted backpack, even after the leg break delayed his trip by a year.
He said twelve people died in different groups on the mountain at the time he was climbing it – seven from a landslide, four from altitude sickness and one from a heart attack – and warned any potential mountain-climbers to be wary of the risks involved.
“People don’t always understand the gravity of it and what it’s all about,” he said. “You can never have enough training or be overtrained for something like this but unfortunately too many, particularly younger people, do a bit of research on a computer and go in underprepared.”
One of Kevin Brown’s next challenges will be cycling round the Matterhorn in Switzerland. Source:News Limited
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