Climbing Everest isn't only difficult, dangerous and time consuming, it's also very, very expensive. Which is why I am so incredibly grateful to the sponsors listed below who have helped out enormously with the expedition. The entire cost of the climb is being met by myself (so any cash donations go straight to the charities) but getting all the gear together doesn't come cheap. 

So to the companies listed below - many thanks. 

If you think your company might be interested in helping out then please get in touch at ed@edoneverest.com to discuss how I can help you in return.

Vango/Force 10

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Vango are a top of the range outdoor equipment supplier. Top of the range because they produce the best stuff, and top of the range because they are such nice people. They have sponsored Doug Scott and Alan Hinkes, legends in high altitude climbing - and now they are sponsoring me! Thank you guys, especially Holly, who has been fantastic. Click on the symbol to see their range, then click on the link to Force 10 at the bottom of their page to read about previously sponsored expeditions.

Mountain Hardwear - Nepal

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Need to go out for a walk in minus 40C temperatures? Not sure what to wear? Most companies don't make gear that can cope with these sorts of temperature extremes - but luckily Mountain Hardwear do, and Tendi Sherpa of the Mountain Hardwear store in Kathmandu (who is aware of the great work of the Himalayan Rescue Association) has very kindly given me a full down suit for the trip up the mountain, with the promise of more gear to follow on my return to Nepal. So thanks Tendi and thanks Mountain Hardwear - lovely people, I think you'd agree.

Teko/Anatom

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When its cold and snowy outside the last thing you want is cold feet. When its cold enough for bits of your feet to drop off you really don't want cold feet. So thanks to those fantastic guys at Teko for not only producing extra heavy weight lovely warm merino wool expedition socks, but for giving me a load of pairs for free too, cheers guys.

Greens Gym, Gosforth

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In order to climb Everest I need to be as fit as possible, and whilst the wintry north provides a good training ground for getting used to cold weather again - I find it easier to get myself motivated if training is done in a nice, friendly, warm environment - with a pool. So thanks Chris at Greens for sorting me out with short term complimentary membership - if you see me there say hello. 

Pipers Crisps

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Pipers Crisps of Lincolnshire make crisps - great crisps with flavours like Norfolk Bloody Mary. I love crisps. They gave some to me to help with the expedition! Thank you Pipers.