A North Yorkshire soldier from Tadcaster is determined to be one of the first wounded servicemen to tackle the world’s highest mountains.
Capt Wiseman from Tadcaster reached the Everest base camp yesterday and is now preparing to tackle the toughest mountain for charity, Walking with the Wounded. The men will spend the next seven weeks training at the base camp to help them overcome some of the hazards they could encounter whilst undertaking the mammoth task of climbing Everest.
David Wiseman, 29, was shot in the chest in Afghanistan, 2009, whilst serving with the Yorkshire Regiment. He will be climbing the mountain with four other former British Army soldiers: Capt Atkinson from Swindon in Wiltshire, Capt Martin Hewitt from Widnes in Cheshire, former Private Karl Hinell from Tipton in the West Midlands and Pte van Gass from Middleburg in South Africa.
Prince Harry is a patron of the charity and has previously championed the men’s courage. The men hope to raise over £2 million, which will help the charity to re-skill and train servicemen and women who have suffered from physical and mental injuries.
A video has been posted on the BBC, of Capt Wiseman at base camp preparing for the gruelling task ahead.