Everest survivor Annie, from Budleigh, to climb again for Nepal
PUBLISHED: 06:30 29 April 2016
A young Budleigh woman, who had to run for her life from avalanches on Mount Everest after last year's earthquake in Nepal, is returning to mountaineering to raise funds for victims of the disaster.
Annie Tinsley, 23, of Knowle Road, was in a group climbing Everest on April 25 last year when the earthquake struck.
She and the rest of her group were able to escape, but others across the country were not so lucky, with the earthquake killing more than 8,000, and leaving millions more homeless.
Now Annie, along with two other members of her Everest group – American Taelor Leinss and Australian Jess Smith – is planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, to raise money for those affected.
Annie says they were motivated to raise funds as, having escaped the mountain, they were swiftly evacuated, and did not initially realise that the earthquake had devastated much of the country.
Annie said: “It wasn’t so bad at the time because I didn’t realise the repercussions.
“We had no idea what was happening anywhere else in the country, so at that stage, having been through it and survived, we thought it was OK.
“Then we realised how bad it was and how many people it had affected, so it’s nice to do something for everyone else.
“Our tour guides were all Nepalese, and their families were OK but they had to be rehoused.”
Annie says she and her team also have another motivation for the new climb – reaching a higher altitude than they did on Everest.
“We didn’t actually get to base camp.
“We were 10 minutes away when the avalanche came.
“You can summit Mount Kilimanjaro, and it’s higher than base camp.”
Annie’s climb will take place in September. To sponsor her, visit www.justgiving.com/kiliascent