Lewis Hamilton Reveals Plan to Climb Mount Everest After F1 Career Ends
For most people, the term "facing your Everest" is a metaphorical one. However, Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has revealed it is his intention to literally conquer the world's highest mountain.
The 28-year-old climbed the 4,095-metre peak of Mount Kinabalu in Borneo last week, according to the Independent, who quote Hamilton as saying that's just a warm-up for the big one.
I plan to climb a lot of mountains over the next five to 10 years, and eventually the big one at the end, at some stage.
I've climbed the 20th highest mountain in the world (Kinabalu), but I'm not going to climb 20 mountains - my legs would be killing me!
But I'll do Kilimanjaro, Mount Fuji, Mont Blanc and probably one in the States. I think Alaska is probably a bit too dangerous.
Despite a multi-million pound contract for racing, Hamilton is no stranger to trekking. Before the season began, he pictured himself on Twitter warming up for the campaign in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
His assessment of the task of climbing Everest, the world's highest peak, might be underestimating it just a touch. Speaking of Kinabalu, Hamilton added:
It was just hiking, like doing a million stairs, but it was pretty cool.
As for Everest, it's just something I'd like to do, but I'm going to do it for charity.
According to the Wikipedia page dedicated to deaths on Everest, there have been over 200 fatalities since records began in 1922.
Probably best not to bring girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger and dog Roscoe along to this one, then.
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