Nick Talbot, a 39-year-old man with cystic fibrosis, will attempt to be the first person with this condition to climb Mount Everest.

A 39 year-old man with Cystic Fibrosis is attempting to become the first person with the disease to climb Mount Everest. Nick Talbot hopes that his perilous attempt to scale the highest and most famous mountain in the world will help to raise awareness and funds for CF while encouraging those with the disease to lead active, healthy lives and challenge themselves to pursue their personal dreams.

Measuring 29,029 feet, Mount Everest has claimed the lives of over 200 people who have attempted to brave its thin air, frigid temperatures, and scorching UV rays. The trek to Everest’s summit is a challenge for even completely healthy individuals who have trained for years for the event. Given the difficult breathing environment — most modern Everest climbers have used supplemental oxygen near the top of the mountain — the atmospheric conditions make Talbot’s climb even more daunting and arduous.

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