Ben Fogle opens up about his Everest Climb

Ben Fogle opens up about his Everest Climb
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Climbing the tallest mountain in the world is no walk in the park, and Ben Fogle now knows how challenging Everest is, after he recently revealed that he came close to death after two of his oxygen tanks exploded whilst scaling the mountain.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, the 44-year-old TV presenter felt as though he was going to "die straight away" as soon as the second tank blew up, and admitted it was a "pretty scary" time.

He said: "It's a big question looming over Everest this year because it wasn't just us, there's a problem with the equipment and lots of teams were forced to pull out.

"When you're up at that height, it's pretty scary. As you're on the famous Hillary step, when the second tank exploded, your mind imagines you're on Mars and if it goes you're just going to die straight away."

Ben now describes the incident as the "main blight" of the trip, and counts Everest as the most "terrifying" place he has ever visited, as well as being the "most beautiful".

He added: "People climb without oxygen but my body hadn't fully acclimatised.

"It was the main blight on the expedition, but the silver lining is I not only survived, I stood on the roof of the world.

"It's the most beautiful, terrifying place I've ever been."

Ben's emotional message to his son

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Ben Fogle has posted a very emotional message on Instagram after reaching the summit of Mount Everest. The TV presenter has been on a five-week expedition to scale the world's highest mountain and he dedicated his climb to little Willem, who he and his wife Marina tragically lost in 2014.

In a touching Instagram post, he wrote: "I gave an assembly to my children's school today via satellite phone. Nothing has given me as much pleasure so far on this trip than inspiring and exciting 300 young children, particularly my two beautiful children Ludo and Iona. It gives me so much happiness to share this journey with so many others. I don't feel alone here. Never. There is a spirituality but I can also feel the support and the love here on Instagram ... There is one person in particular for whom this journey is dedicated. A little boy called Willem Fogle. He was my little son. Stillborn at 8 months. A little boy I never got to know. A little life that never got to live. A breath that was never exhaled. His loss changed our lives and I think about him daily. Losing my little boy made me reevaluate life. Not only do we hold our two beautiful children closer to us but it was a reminder to live life for the now. Don't waste it. Cradling little Willem to say goodbye, I made a promise to him to live my life brightly. To embrace everyday. To always smile. To be positive and to inspire. In some ways I am now living my life for two. Willem is always there. I think he is my guardian angel here. There is one particular star that shines brighter. It draws my attention. It reflects off the snow and ice. I feel so lucky. I will never take life for granted but above all I'll never be alone #everest2018 [sic]"

 Ben with daughter Iona and son Ludo. 

Ben with daughter Iona and son Ludo. 

The 'Animal Park' presenter - who held up his kids Ludo and Iona's toy panda and carrot at the top of the mountain - admits the scaling of Mount Everest is the toughest challenge he has ever embarked on and he now has even more respect for nature.

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Ben in particular thanked the Nepalese Sherpas who acted as his guides on the climb and kept him safe.

He wrote in a separated Instagram post: "It has been quite an adventure. Never entirely as expected. We have been stuck in major storms and hit by some technical equipment failure. We were battered by a mighty storm at 8000m which threatened to shred our tent and we have been humbled by Mother Nature ... It is almost impossible to surmise what the last five weeks have been like here in the high Himalayas. The Nepalese Sherpas have been one of the highlights. Their eyes twinkle with such beauty. Indeed in many ways it has been their beautiful spirit that has kept my own spirits when they have been battled by physical and mental challenges. I never thought climbing Everest was going to be easy, indeed it has tested me in ways other Expeditions haven't. Success and Failure have become constant bedfellows... [sic]"