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EverestHistory.com: John "Brummie" Stokes


"Everyone has their own personal Everest to conquer!"

-- John "Brummie" Stokes

Brummie and Bronco, Brummie being the one on the right.

Source: John "Brummie" Stokes

It's a special event for a man to realize one dream in a lifetime; it's entirely something else to use that goal as a springboard for even bigger things. When John Henry 'Brummie' Stokes enlisted in the British Green Jackets in 1963 he accomplished one goal (at 17), but this was only the foundation for fulfilling the larger dream of joining the elite SAS, Britain 's toughest regiment.

But this dream itself would serve as a basis to an even larger goal, the summit of Everest. In the years of military service that followed Stokes would see action all over the world including the successful British campaign to retake the Falkland Islands. He was decorated several times for bravery. Through it all though climbing remained his life's passion.

He and fellow SAS climber Bronco Lane would attempt many of the world's most demanding peaks including a 1976 summit of Everest, via the South Col. route (Stokes was the third Briton to do so) in what would be the only successful military ascent of the mountain. Stokes returned in 1986 for an attempt at Everest's North East Ridge from the Chinese side, with Mo Anthoine and Joe Brown. The expedition was thwarted by severe weather including Jet Stream winds on the mountainside.

Stokes went on to found Taste for Adventure Centre, an organization which helps under privileged kids experience personal achievement and development through adventurous outdoor activities. Stoke's autobiography "Soldiers and Sherpas: A Taste for Adventure" was published in 1989. His book can be order from Taste for Adventure Centre , The Hafod, Credenhill Hereford, HR4 7DA

Brummie now lives in Hereford with his wife and two sons.




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