Victoria Pendleton has ended her Mount Everest climb

Unfortunately after much deliberation I have decided not to continue my endeavour to summit Mount Everest.

Ben Fogle and Victoria Pendleton (Jonathan Griffith/PA)

The weather conditions have offered the possibility of an early summit bid, as a consequence I have been unable to adhere to the prescribed rotation program and keep pace with the team without causing concern regarding my health at the higher camps, due to my lack of adaptation to the extreme altitude.

I am incredibly disappointed not to complete the challenge and
frustrated as I feel in great physical condition and was moving swiftly and efficiently through the icefall and across the glacier, at no point did I feel this was a weakness in the challenge.

Whilst we were working and moving I was really positive and comfortable. Unfortunately when we were recovering in camp in the afternoon, relaxing with a resting heart rate with a less active breathing pattern, I started to feel quite unwell and felt my body was going into shut down and the oxygen saturation of my blood was very low. So much so that I required a light flow of oxygen that continued throughout the night.

My condition caused much concern to Kenton and distressed the team. Kenton felt it was perhaps more sensible for me not to continue, for the sake of my health and wellbeing. I took his advice and called an end to my summit bid.

I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to have experience one of the most impressive, imposing and challenging environments on the planet, the Himalayas are a magical place I feel honoured to have visited.

Source: Victoria Pendleton Instagram