Alpine Ascents International
Tony van Marken
Tony van Marken, from Cape Town, South Africa, is climbing Mount Everest to raise awareness and funds for The Red Cross Children’s Hospital of South Africa. The Red Cross Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated children’s hospital in sub-Saharan Africa and is dependent on donations to ensure it can continue to provide outstanding service to its’ patients.

Tony has climbed around the world and will be attempting to complete his personal quest to climb the seven continental summits having previously summitted Aconcagua, Mount McKinley, Kilimanjaro (3x), Elbrus, Kosciusko and Vinson Massif. He has climbed extensively in Europe with successful ascents of sixteen 4,000m peaks in the Alps including the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc, climbed Antarctica’s 3rd highest peak, Mount Shinn and completed back-to-back ascents of Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring in New Zealand. He recently returned from Tibet where he climbed Cho Oyu, the world’s 6th highest peak at 8,201m.

In addition to raising awareness for The Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Tony will be attempting to raise funds from corporations and individuals around the world. Tony has launched an email campaign to friends, colleagues and business associates to help with fundraising. He is personally donating R1 (South African Rand) for each meter of the maximum altitude he reaches on the climb. He is challenging corporates and individuals to make a contribution to this worthy cause.

You can reach Tony at his website:

For information on the Red Cross Children’s Hospital visit For instructions on how to make a donation click on “How to give”.