A former Royal Navy Engineer Officer had his head firmly in the clouds last month as he ascended a treacherous, never-before-climbed, mountain path in the Nepalese Himalayas.

Bug Wrightson from Hayling Island was among a small number of climbers to conquer the very first ascent of Chhubohe (pronounced “Chub Chay”) on Saturday 16 November 2013.

The accomplishment came as part of a fundraising tour that saw Bob also fight his way through other unclimbed peaks on the Chomochomo Danda range in the so-called ‘Lost Valleys’ of Nar-Phu.

Bug, a freelance outdoor activities leader and trainer, braved his way through illness, appalling snow conditions and temperatures reaching -20°C to help raise cash on behalf of Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNMRC).

He was accompanied by expedition leader Brian Jackson and outdoor equipment retailer Ian Foster – who sadly had to remain at base camp for the team’s final assault on Chhubohe due to illness.

The intrepid trio were also supported throughout the gruelling climb – all 5,640m of it – by local Sherpa, Pasang and Tendi.

As if reaching the top of Chhubohe wasn’t rewarding enough, Bug, a member of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines’ Mountaineering Club was also happy to celebrate his 56th birthday on the same day!

For more insights on the gruelling climb, take a look at Brian’s page at http://expeditionwise.blogspot.co.uk/.