Everest climber found hiding in cave after dodging £8,500 climb fee

Sean Davy was chased 20,000 feet up the world's highest peak


A climber was found hiding in a cave onMount Everest after trying to dodge the £8,500 fee to scale the world's highest peak.

Nepalese officials discovered South African Ryan Sean Davy in his hideaway after he had climbed more than 20,000 feet.

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He was ordered off the mountain, had his passport confiscated and will be fined £17,000.

Foreigners have to pay the Nepal government $11,000 (£8,500) for permission to climb the 29,030 foot peak - a major earner for the country.

Gyanendra Shresth, a government liaison officer at the mountain's southerly base camp, said: "I saw him alone near base camp so I approached him and he ran away.

"I followed him with my friend and found him hiding in a cave nearby.

"He had set up camp in an isolated place to avoid government officials.'

It is highly unusual for a foreign climber to attempt to scale Everest alone - most do so with the help of at least one Sherpa guide and a large support team at base camp.

Mr Davy could be banned from Nepal for five years or face a 10-year ban on climbing in the country.

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Mr Davy told officials that he did not have enough money to buy a flight from the Everest region to Kathmandu to collect his passport.

He said he would instead walk and then catch a bus - a journey that would take at least four days.

In a post on social media, Mr Davy - who identifies himself as a director and producer - said that he had reached a height of 23,000 feet metres in six hours.

He admitted: "I am going to be honest in saying that when I arrived at Base Camp it became evident that I didn't have nearly enough money for a solo permit because of hidden costs and even if I did they would have declined it because I had no previous mountaineering experience on record.

"I was ashamed that I couldn't afford the permit after all the help, preparation and what everybody had done for me during my training, it would have been a total embarrassment to turn around and accept defeat because of a piece of paper.

"So I took a chance and spent the little money I had on more gear to climb and practice on the surrounding peaks for acclimatizing in preparing for a stealth entry onto Everest.

"Expedition companies have no time for wanna be Everesters with no money so someone turned me in.

"I am so sorry that I have let all my supporters down and those who had faith in me, but please believe me when I say I will find the means to finish what I started."

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