Galloway man takes part in Everest whisky tasting

Stewart (centre) with members of the Walking for the Wounded expedition at Everest Base Camp
Stewart (centre) with members of the Walking for the Wounded expedition at Everest Base Camp

GALLOWAY airline pilot Stewart Gibson took part in the ‘World’s Highest Whisky Tasting’ last week as part of the Walking With the Wounded expedition to Everest.

Unfortunately, the charity for wounded servicemen were forced to abandon their summit attempt, due to un-seasonal warm weather which resulted in a large scale avalanche down the western slope of the mountain, claiming the life of a fellow sherpa. Despite this, the Walking With The Wounded Expedition Team raised a glass at base camp to Mother Nature and vowed ‘We’ll be back’.

They also took part in a 45 minute live broadcast that attracted over 20,000 viewers who tuned in to watch the expedition team toast the world’s highest mountain.

Glenfiddich Whisky have helped sponsor the expedition, and Stewart was one of four members of the public who won a nationwide search to trek to Everest Base Camp to deliver the Glenfiddich 12, 15 and 18 year old single malts for the whisky tasting.

Stewart, from Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas said: “After a grueling ten-day trek through the Nepalese mountains, it was fantastic feeling to reach base camp and raise a glass with the wounded servicemen who have been involved in this expedition. To take part in a live broadcast from over 5,364 meters above sea level is pretty incredible and I’m so proud to be an inaugural member of the Glenfiddich Explorer’s Club’.