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

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Author: Geoffrey ChangPublished: 13 May 2015

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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.

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