And the day after that, he very nearly became only the third person in the world to complete the hat-trick of reaching the summit of a third mountain.
“Many people are dead on their feet after climbing Everest, but I was fortunate in that I was feeling pretty good, and I was ready to do the next one, Lhotse,” he explained. “The next day I got within 200 metres of the top of Nuptse. The conditions were very difficult at that point. Some people might have ploughed on, but you can get killed doing that, and my experience as a climber told me to stop.”
Nevertheless, scaling Everest and Lhotse on consecutive days still puts him in an exclusive group of climbers; it is a feat that has been achieved by fewer than 50 people in the world.
Adam (PH 1995-2000) first climbed Everest in May 2013 as part of an expedition to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ascent by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. He had been invited by a friend to join the group as the expedition doctor, and he was honoured to carry with him Sir Edmund Hillary’s climbing goggles, loaned to him for the trip.
He was thrilled to be invited by the same friend to climb Everest again, five years later, this time as one of the expedition guides.
Speaking publicly following both expeditions, Adam has paid tribute to members of staff at Shrewsbury who ran the Rovers mountaineering club during his time at the School – and in particular to Master-in-Charge Martin Hansen and Mark Twells – for "lighting the flame" and encouraging him in what quickly became a passion for climbing. Adam's expeditions with the Rovers included camping overnight on the summit of Ben Nevis in 1997 when he was 15 and climbing the highest mountain in the Picos De Europa in Spain the following year. He wrote vivid and enthusiastic reports of many of the expeditions for the School magazine.
He was also inspired during his time at Shrewsbury by stories of other former pupils who had attempted to climb Everest. Andrew 'Sandy' Irvine, who was in Severn Hill from 1916-21, famously took part in the 1924 British Mount Everest Expedition with George Mallory. Whether or not they reached the summit still remains unknown. And the Deputy Leader of Hillary and Tenzing’s expedition in 1953 was another Old Salopian: Sir Robert Charles Evans (DB 1932-1937), who made it to within 300 feet of the summit the day before Hillary and Tenzing.
When not climbing, Adam works as a GP near Shrewsbury and specialises in high altitude research. He also has two young children. We are grateful that over the years he has made time to keep in touch with his former school. He returned in 2015 to speak in a Whole School Assembly about his first Everest expedition and to help relaunch the Rovers - which is once again a popular and thriving adventure club. And shortly before his most recent expedition, he spent a day with Film Fellow David Clifford and Salopian Club Administrator Kate Hodge talking about life as a doctor for a Careers Film aimed at current pupils.
To scroll through some of the photos from his 2018 expedition, please click on the image below: