GOING THE EXTRA LEVEL: Noosa musician Oz Bayldon is raising money for the orphanage he built and opened in Nepal last year.
GOING THE EXTRA LEVEL: Noosa musician Oz Bayldon is raising money for the orphanage he built and opened in Nepal last year. Contributed

Fairly fit and love music? Man attempts highest gig on land

FOR most people, breaking a world record is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement - but not for Oz Bayldon.

The Noosa musician plans to break a third world record for the highest altitude gig on land.

Mr Bayldon broke the initial record in 2005, before it was snatched back in 2007.

In 2012 he claimed it back by hiking up 6654m (21,825 feet) to the summit of Mera Peak, near Mount Everest, before performing a 40-minute gig in freezing temperatures.

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But to ensure he keeps the record for good, Mr Bayldon is looking for 10 volunteers to help organise the event and join him in climbing Cho Oyu, a mountain on the border of Tibet and Nepal. That would add 2000m to his record.

Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world, at 8201m above sea level, and Mr Bayldon describes it as an easy climb for people of a "reasonable fitness level".

Aside from the record, Mr Bayldon said he was undertaking the frosty hike to raise money for the orphanage he built and opened in Nepal last year and to continue his aid work in the earthquake-devastated country. He hopes to head there in either May or October with his 10 audience members, who he hopes will be from his hometown.

"I am going to go to the extreme so that no one will ever be able to beat it," he said. "It is not as physically demanding as Everest, but you never know how the altitude will affect you."

Mr Bayldon will be doing some altitude training in the UK before the world record attempt, but won't be rehearsing the songs he hopes to play on the mountain. He intends to write them on the way up to the peak.

Mr Bayldon first visited Nepal in 2002 as part of an international music tour and has been back about nine times.

He said he had dedicated his life to helping the Nepalese people and would do whatever was necessary to raise money for them.

"I hope some people will also help rebuild some of the schools and hospitals in remote Nepal," Mr Bayldon said.

To keep up to date, visit http://www.facebook.com/worldshighestgig, and to sponsor Mr Bayldon contact him directly through his Facebook page.


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