Freaked out Parore finally climbs Mt Everest

"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.

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