Last day at home

Tomorrow I head to Nepal to begin the training and filming for the  expedition in 2019. / www.expedition8848.com – over the next few weeks I will be working with my Nepalese team trekking in remote areas to improve on my fitness and to test equipment.

The lead cameraman on next years trek will join me a week in to the training to shoot some short films for Lonely Planet Kids and SKYPE in the Classroom. These films will be apart of the 10 lesson plans the key teachers will receive for signing their schools up to the expedition.

Not forgetting the International Scouting movement who are also involved with the journey (hello to my local group of Pillerton) – the Scouts have a special day coming up in a few weeks time and I will be doing a film for them too.

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DOFE – Buckingham Palace

A few months ago I gave my first presentation for the DOFE at Coventry Cathedral in my home town. I was then asked back to present at St James Palace in London and today I received my invitation to talk and present awards at Buckingham Palace.

Of course this is an honour but really the pride is being able to say congratulations to students who have gone above and beyond to achieve remarkable things – making friends and learning life skills along the way. It’s truly is their day – well done to all of the staff who work for this wonderful charity for inspiring students all over the country.

The only issue for me is I have to find a suit and put a TIE on! If a student can achieve great things outside of their school work and put all of the time and effort into winning their award then I can wear a tie!

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True Survival

After sending out the 8848 Newsletters to each of the teachers involved in linking with me on the Everest – I inturn received a lot of emails back wishing me well and asking all types of questions. One of these questions really struck a cord with me. The teacher who emailed said that her students wanted to know what I thought True Survival mean’t?

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BBC online / RGS article

Stark images of Shackleton’s struggle

Marks note on the following article; this has been taken from the BBC article online to show the 8848 students how important it is to capture the moment of an expedition. If it wasn’t for Shackleton employing Frank Hurley as the expedition photographer then the epic story of survival would have been diluted through time…

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