US Navy officer to ‘rope-climb Everest’ in memory of father


Author: Geoffrey ChangPublished: 13 May 2015

Parkinson's LifePrep: Parkinson's LifeCook: Parkinson's LifeServes:

News image

This Saturday (16 May), Petty Officer Michael McCastle plans to climb the height of Mount Everest, a total of 29,029 feet. It’s not your normal Everest climb, however, as the officer will attempt to scale a 20-foot rope 1,450 lengths, the equivalent of scaling the mountain using his body strength.

But McCastle isn’t doing it for fitness’ sake – he lost his father to Parkinson’s in December and is raising money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. “The rope is representative of that battle, the need to hold on, to be fighting every day,” he told the Whidbey News-Times.

Go Back

Share this story


Related articles

Recipes & Nutrition

Oven-baked fish in butter and mixed herbs

This fish dish is light and healthy, perfect with rice or potatoes

Parkinson's pandemic lead

Special reports

Neurological disorders – including Parkinson’s – are leading source of disability globally

Parkinson’s is world’s fastest growing neurological disorder

Boston Scientific

sponsored article


Better results and fewer side effects with personalised DBS Therapy

Ongoing studies: better results in DBS with innovative technology