Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Seven summits conquering granddad returns Manx flag

Phil Drowley
Image caption Phil Drowley became the first climber from the Isle of Man to conquer Everest in 2008

A climber who conquered the highest peak on each of the world's continents has returned a Manx flag to the island's chief minister Allan Bell.

Phil Drowley, 46, was given the flag to fly at the top of the final summit during his challenge last year.

A second flag he hoisted at the top of Everest is permanently on display in the chief minister's office.

The Isle of Man grandfather is one of just 230 people to have completed the seven summits challenge.

Mr Bell said he had put the "Isle of Man on the map with his adventures".

"In realising his dream of summiting the highest peak in each continent, he has reached the pinnacle of endeavour in his sport and achieved something only a handful of climbers have ever done.

"The Island is rightly proud of him."

The Ch Insp from the Isle of Man Constabulary raised more than £1,500 for Ronald McDonald House Isle of Man Families and Friends during his latest climb.

Ronald McDonald Houses are attached to hospitals in big cities such as Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow and accommodate families whose children are patients.

Phil Drowley completed the seven summits challenge on 11 November after a 21-day expedition to the top of Australasia's Carstensz Pyramid.

He conquered his first summit in 2000.

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