Emma's charity trek to Mont Blanc
Emma summited at 0700 French time, having started at 0200.

UPDATE: Emma's charity trek to Mont Blanc

21/06/2010

Expedition update from Emma Alexander:

I am writing, having just arrived home, to tell you that at 0700 French time on Friday I successfully summited Mont Blanc.

I am still completely shattered, having got up at 0115 to commence climbing at 0200. We only completed our descent at 1700 on Friday evening and I can honestly say that I have never done anything so exhausting!
 
I look forward to telling you about the climb in more detail in September.
 
Meanwhile, thank you so much to everyone who sponsored me. If you have not and would still like to, you still can at www.justgiving.com/Emma-Alexander

Best wishes and have a lovely summer

Emma

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While Emma Alexander's classmates were celebrating the end of their GCSEs last week, Emma was starting a charity trek to Mont Blanc to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Emma explains:

My name is Emma Alexander and I am in Upper Five. On 22 June, the day after my last GCSE exam, my Dad and I are flying to the Geneva en route to Chamonix to start an expedition to climb Mont Blanc.

I have always been a keen trekker, having walked to both Everest and Annapurna Base Camps in the Nepalese Himalayas. Last year, while completing the ten day Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland, I made a resolution to return to Chamonix to have a go at the summit.

I know that this will be an incredible personal, physical challenge requiring the use of serious equipment such as crampons, an ice axe and ropes.

You may ask, why am I doing this? Apart from the personal challenge that climbing Mont Blanc presents, my more significant aim is to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.


I have chosen to raise money for this cause because my grandmother in Canada has dementia. I don't see her often so her worsening symptoms are always more of a shock to me when I do. Because of her condition I can hardly speak to her on the telephone and when we see one another it is difficult for her to communicate with me, let alone remember who I am. It is upsetting to see how dramatically she has changed over the last two years.

The Alzheimer's Society help and support people like my Grandmother and research into the cause, care, and cure of dementia. One in three of people over 65 will die with dementia so this cause is helping many.


I would really appreciate it if you sponsored me. You can do so online on my ‘justgiving’ web page. Many neighbours, friends and family have already donated online, as you will see when arrive at the page. It’s fast, easy and totally secure.
www.justgiving.com/Emma-Alexander

Emma Alexander

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