mont blanc and matterhorn in one week

well, university is nearly at an end for me, and for the final week I plan to climb in the Alps with friends. The plan is to summit both Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn within one week - a tall order but a challenge that I'm really looking forward to.

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a message of support from polar explorer Pen Hadow

"It is as well the likes of Alex Hibbert stride amongst us with eyes fixed on the furthest horizons, because without them we are a spent force. Those looking outside their own organisations for inspiration would do well to rally behind this man’s vision and be a part of something that has magic in it.” - Pen Hadow

Pen Hadow has very kindly sent the team and I the above message of support which is a great boost for the next few months of endless preparations and fund-raising for the 'big off' in October. Pen is also in the process of preparing for his next polar venture.

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Hailed by the international media as one of the world's most accomplished polar explorers, Pen's own view continues to be that he's the most normal person he's ever met! He is the first - and only - person in history to have trekked alone, without assistance by aircraft, from Canada to the North Geographic Pole. He is also the first - and only - Briton to have trekked to both the North and South Geographic Poles without air support – feats which he achieved within a 12-month period.

wilki summits everest

'I hit the top at 6am on 22 may'

The JS2007 team and I have just received confirmation from Wilki that he summited Mount Everest on 22nd May 2007 along with his team. Further details can be found at

website redesign


the temporary design for the website has now made way for the new permanent design - I hope that this one makes the new content more accessible. More soon!

ousland and ulrich north pole in reverse

"This time, the northernmost point on earth is not the end, but the beginning of a new Ousland/Ulrich joint-venture planned to start today: Børge and Thomas are skiing along 900 km on the frozen Arctic Ocean to Franz-Josef Land, in Siberia. Once they reach this group of islands, the two men will follow the tracks of Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen on a 350km trip across the archipelago and this leg of the expedition will be done on skis and kayak."

Borge Ousland could be seen as the foremost modern day explorer and last year, with Mike Horn, was the first to reach the North Pole in the cold, dark Arctic winter.

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