Intrepid Ullapool man intent on Himalayan charity trek

A dedicated Highland Hospice fundraiser from Ullapool will tackle Everest – in a kilt – next month.

John Urquhart, a driver with DR MacLeod, will begin the 13-day challenge on Saturday 8th November from Lukla in Nepal. He will trek through remote valleys and forests and across rivers to reach the Everest base camp, hitting an altitude of 18,370 feet along the way.

Mr Urquhart (pictured on Ben Nevis) will be joined by Alex Mackenzie from Cawdor, Mark Bain of Nairn and Susan Drew from Kirkhill.

Highland Hospice fundraiser Amanda Burt said: “John has been a big supporter of Highland Hospice since his wife Rene passed away here in 2009. John has undertaken many challenges to raise money for the Hospice, including canoeing the Zambezi and walking backwards over the Bealach na Bà. However, climbing to Everest base camp in his kilt has to be his most extreme yet!

“We are so grateful to John for all his support in raising awareness of Highland Hospice and for his devotion to raising money to care for our patients.”

If you would like to sponsor John on his challenge, see or text KILT87 to 70070 along with the amount you would like to donate.