There were celebrations galore on the roof of the world as two teenagers bagged the record as the youngest Britons to top out on the planet’s highest peak.
Rob Gauntlett, of Petworth, Sussex, and James Hooper, of Wellington, Somerset, both 19, reached the summit of Everest via the north route just after 8am local time on Wednesday.
Seven hours later, Hampshire man Rhys Jones celebrated his 20th birthday by reaching the top of the Himalayan peak to claim the title of the youngest ever to complete the Seven Summits Challenge – climbing the highest mountains on each of the world’s seven continents.
Rhys hopes his summiting of the highest mountain in the world will raise £29,035 for his local charity Wessex Heartbeat – matching the height in feet of Everest.
Gauntlett and Hooper are raising funds for Cancer Research.