Why I am climbing Mount Vinson
On 28 December 2010 I hope to be setting off from Punta Arenas in Chile to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica, in support of two charities CINI and Marie Curie. My wife, my children and grandchildren, and many of my friends and colleagues although magnificently supportive think this is a madcap venture for a 56-year-old member of the United Kingdom's House of Lords. I will, however, be in the capable hands of Nick Lewis and his colleagues at Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions and supported by my guide David Hamilton. This website has been created to throw light on the project and outline my climbing experience and motives. Meanwhile I'm training hard.
The current amount raised in sponsorship against my extended £350,000* target is shown in the graphic above. Further details of the two charities that will receive this money are given under the 'Charities' tab, where you can also find out how you too can contribute. Please give as much as you can to help these two extraordinarily worthwhile causes.
* The original target of £250,000 was extended after being exceeded in October 2010.
I plan to be blogging live from the mountain during my climb subject to being able to sort out and carry the technology so please bookmark this site and return between 28 December 2010 and around 10 January 2011 for the very latest news on my progress. Thank you for your support.
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