The Freebird Times - Issue 3

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Dawson Stelfox approaching

the 2nd step on Everest’s

North Ridge, 27th May 1993.

Photo by Frank Nugent.

When you’ve made your mark as the

first Irish person to reach the summit of

Mount Everest it must be all downhill

after that? Not at all! Now 60,

Dawson Stelfox looks forward to new

adventures in the hills in an exclusive

interview with John Stanley for the

Freebird Times.

Dawson Stelfox’s paternal grandparents were one

of the earliest influences on the man who would

become the first person from the island of Ireland to

climb Mount Everest and, as a dual passport holder,

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the first British person to complete its challenging

North Ridge route. They were both botanists and

when his grandfather, Arthur, retired as a curator in

Dublin’s Natural History Museum they moved to

Newcastle in Northern Ireland.

As a regular summer visitor the young Dawson was

brought out walking and plant hunting. “That was

probably my earliest introduction to the outdoors

and I loved it,” he recalls. His mountaineering

career began around age 10 and when he tried rock

climbing at 15 he was hooked.

One of the motivations for mountaineering is

escape from normal, every day life, but Dawson

says he had an added stimulus. “I was one of the

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