Wellington: He failed in his first attempt, but former New Zealand cricketer Adam Parore was successful the second time around as he reached the summit of Mount Everest despite running out of oxygen and "freaking out" several times on his way up.
"I spent about 20 minutes to half an hour up there. I took a few photos but I wanted to come back. It is very exposed and a long way down," Parore was quoted as saying by 'Sunday News' here.
"I had great plans on what I should do and how I might feel but in the end it was a bit of an anti-climax. I just wanted to get down and live."
The 40-year-old said it was a lifelong dream to scale the peak 8848m above sea level even though he feels destroyed at the end of the adventure.
"I'm a bit buggered and sick and tired of not being able to breathe. I'm trashed physically, totally destroyed." Parore's first attempt about a week ago could not succeed due to extreme weather conditions. The wicketkeeper has been in Nepal since March 27.
"It is hard work, the smallest thing can turn into a huge problem. The physicality of it was something else. It's completely beyond anything I've ever done.
"If you get high enough the only thing that matters is breathing. It's quite a liberating experience. You appreciate what really matters," he said.
Parore would raise USD 100,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation from his climb.
Parore played 78 Test matches for New Zealand and 179 One-Day Internationals.