Tuesday, 21 November 2017

High achiever

AUTHOR, adventurer and film-maker Matt Dickinson gave an illustrated talk to lower school pupils at Shiplake

AUTHOR, adventurer and film-maker Matt Dickinson gave an illustrated talk to lower school pupils at Shiplake College about his achievements, which include climbing Mount Everest. The children have been reading his book The Everest Files so were eager to see him in person and had an abundance of questions. Dickinson spoke about the mental and physical challenge of the climb, saying: “It’s not the mountain that could prove potentially fatal, it’s you — you have to have the sheer determination and drive to make it up there.” He was one of only five people out of the 30 in his expedition party that made it to the summit and he suffered frostbite that has cost him the feeling in two of his fingers. He also told how he took 250 Toffee Crisp bars with him but they exploded at altitude. He concluded: “A six-week journey for 10 minutes on the summit. Is it worth it? Yes, it is.”





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