It is twenty years ago since Dawson Stelfox became the first Irishman to stand on the summit of Mount Everest , the highest mountain in the world. Alone, with no footprints, no Sherpas and no guides, Stelfox leaving his supportive team behind on the mountain, guided himself to the top of the world.
The significance of the 1993 expedition, on the eve of the Peace Process was that the team was made up of cross border members and they climbed without a flag. Their challenge grabbed the attention of the nation and on this programme we followed each step of the assent..
Now Lorna Siggins and Dermot Somers, one of the expedition team have written a book recounting that climb and the Irish expedition team that made it happen, its called Everest Calling and Pat spoke to Lorna Siggins and Dawson Stelfox, the first Irishman on Everest.
Everest Calling: The Irish Journey by Lorna Siggins with Dermot Somers, and with a selection of previously unpublished photographs by recent Everest summiteers, is published by Collins Press at €19.99.