Parore goes from ridge to summit
NEW ZEALAND cricket legend Adam Parore is on top of the world after conquering Mt Everest.
Reaching the summit early on Friday morning, was "all a bit of a blur", he said yesterday.
"It hasn't really sunk in yet to be honest. But what a view, mate, you can see the end of the world. It's just a shame that you're so out of it you don't know what you're looking at," he told Devlin Does Sport on RadioLive.
"I was pretty dazed and confused. I got to the prayer flags and I literally just sat among them because I physically couldn't move any more."
An elated Parore is understood to have called ex-wife Sally Ridge and their two children from a satellite phone.
He was part of a group of climbers, including friend and experienced New Zealand guide Mark Woodward, who made the 8848m ascent.
Parore said he had doubted whether he would make it to the top, "so it was quite a surprise to actually get there".
"There's just so many things that can wrong that are out of your control.
"I never took it for granted," he said.
"In the last week or so I was confident enough that I was strong enough to make it and that proved to be the case, but not by much. I was really stretched at the end."
On Friday, Parore's brother Leon received a text message to say "Eight Himalayan Experience clients, three guides and 10 Sherpas reached the top of the world between 5.50am and 7am.
"It's great. It's fantastic."
The former Black Cap has been preparing for the landmark climb for about a year, and knocking off Everest had "been in the back of his mind for years", said Leon.
About 150 people reach the summit of Everest each year.
After news of his achievement reached friends and family, supporters flooded Facebook website 8848 Everest to congratulate him.
Parore left for Kathmandu on March 29. His climb started on April 10, so it took about six weeks to reach the top.
The "very strong group" had clear weather and quickly caught up with other expeditions that had left hours ahead of them, said a posting on the Alpenglow Expeditions site.
Parore has raised $1350 so far and hopes pledges will help him raise more than $100,000 for the climb to donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
His success follows earlier disappointment when he struggled with altitude sickness and his climbing group was forced to turn back because of weather.