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Comedians to perform world's highest stand-up gig on Everest

Comedians to perform world's highest stand-up gig on Everest
10 Feb 2014

A team of six adventurous comedians are to attempt to set the record for the world's highest stand-up gig in aid of Save the Children. 

On 4 October 2014, Rhys Darby, Stewart Francis, Craig Campbell, Glenn Wool, Simon Evans and Terry Alderton will perform a show at 5,365m (17,600ft) against the backdrop of Mount Everest in Nepal.

They will be accompanied by 50 comedy fans on their trek to Everest Base Camp, where they will join climbers preparing to attempt to summit the world's highest peak. 

Reaching Base Camp itself is considered something of an achievement, as it involves nine days of hiking from Kathmandu in high-altitude conditions where the level of oxygen in the air is much lower than at sea level. It is a popular adventure activity for backpackers to undertake and many tour companies run organised treks. 

'Just being able to reach Base Camp - which is three times the height of Ben Nevis - will be no mean feat. The team's main challenge will be to avoid altitude sickness,' commented Richard Kirtley, Stand Up on Everest expedition leader.ADNFCR-408-ID-801691791-ADNFCR

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