Letterkenny businessman Jason Black is heading to Alaska to climb the highest mountain in North America.

Black, who a year ago became the first Donegal man to reach the summit of Mount Everest, will once again proudly bring the Donegal flag with him as he makes the ascent to the top of the 21,000ft Mount McKinley.

It promises to be a hugely gruelling climb in terribly tough conditions.

But he has been training very hard for the past six months and is now all set.

In a blog written as he set off, he stated: "I've trained so hard day after day since November and now the time is up. Preparations have gone to plan, physically and mentally I'm ready."

And he added: "I've been met with incredible honesty and well wishes in my community, which in those cold dark days the warm feelings of support will warm my heart, clearing the mist ahead. The Donegal flag will fly high and proud in the Arctic circle."

His chosen route is the mighty "West Rib" - a direct line up the south face of the mountain to the summit ridge. 

He describes it as a "true climber's route" which will see him making a 13,000 foot ascent from the base camp to the top in hugely testing conditions with freeezing temperatures.

See this week's Letterkenny Post for more.

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