Frank reaches mountain top
WEXFORD businessman and jeweller Frank Hynes has completed a gruelling climb to the summit of Aconcagua mountain in Argentina and has dedicated the challenge to his late friend and town businessman Erdie Murphy.
'After a long and gruelling trek upwards to just under 7000 metres above sea level, I have to say it was the hardest thing I've ever had to do and every fibre of my being was put to the test,' Frank said in a Facebook posting over the weekend.
'I finished off the challenge today with a 27km walk out of the national park and I can tell you that my body is bruised and battered, but nothing broken.'
He said that a couple of times he felt like giving up as it was just so hard and painful 'but giving up or giving in doesn't sit comfortably with me and there's no challenge in giving up.
'As a proud Wexford man I dedicate this challenge and adventure to the loving memory of another proud Wexford man and good friend of mine who regrettably left us in recent times, Erdie Murphy who may be gone but will most certainly will never be forgotten,' said Frank, who is raising funds for the Irish Cancer Society.
His previous charity walks and climbs including Machu Picchu in the Andes, the Great Wall of China and Africa's highest mountain Kilimanjaro, have raised around €40,000 for good causes including the children's ward at Wexford General Hospital. Erdie died from cancer in October, 2010.