Dulwich Despatch Founder's Day 2015

Dulwich Despatch Lower School Boys’ Newspaper—Founder’s Day Issue 2015

Matt Dickinson: Author, Film -

maker and Everest Summitteer

Visits Raymond Chandler Library

conquering these, he moved onto greater peaks, like the Alps and the unclimbed mountains of Antarctica. You will need to have a plentiful supply of money, to support funding for equipment and a team to help you. Dickinson did this by doing many fundraisers, and getting many people to sponsor him. He also needed to hold on to the dream. Each day that he spent doing fundraisers took him a step closer to conquering the great mountain, and he was determined to not give up. However, this is not as easy a task as you might think. There must have been many times when Dickinson thought he wasn’t going to get enough money, or he was going to fall ill, or he just simply wanted to stop. But humans all have a great gift; perseverance and tenacity, and that is what enabled Dickinson to overcome all of his obstacles. The fears that he had once faced became insignificant, as he was in the last few weeks of preparing for his massive journey up the mountain. At the start of his trek, Dickinson spent ten weeks in Base Camp. There were no phones, so had no outside contact, and had no showers to maintain personal hygiene. Next they started to climb the mountain, and built their first camp there. They then came back down to Base Camp and rested for a few days. The fact that this was very tiring and exhausting for people to go up the mountain with a heavy rucksack, was very frustrating and off - putting, but since they were already out there they just had to put up with their disappointment. They then repeated the cycle, but instead of going to first camp, they went further up and built second camp, then went back down to Base Camp and rested for a few days. The third time they went up, they went to build a third camp, and stayed in that camp for one night, before coming back down. The team continued this cycle until they had made seven or eight camps. The trek left the team with extremely poor health as there were no fruit or vegetables, and hence no vitamin C. This must have made the climbers very malnourished, and their blood was reported to become as ‘thick as porridge’. They lost a lot of weight, as their daily calorie intake was around 500, much less than the 6000 calories used which is an alarming fact. Their camps were not as comfortable as they could have been, and they were all in cramped tents, sharing beds. Unfortunately, when they came back down the mountain from a camp, they discovered squatters had been in their tent; they had eaten half their food and been sick in the corner of the tent, and had used half of the cooking supplies. One of the most deadly experiences that they had was on a ladder. The team were climbing up a ladder, which was placed carefully on a boulder that was hanging down.

Matt Dickinson is an adventurer and filmmaker. He has gone on many expeditions to the far corners of the globe. His greatest achievement: climbing Everest. In this article you will

find out about his journey to the mountain, and all of the struggles and hardships he suffered. Dickinson joined the BBC, training as a researcher and production manager and working on programmes as diverse as Wogan and Ever Decreasing Circles . Dickinson left in 1988 to pursue a freelance career as a production - director, writing many books, and scripts. His favourite area to work in was adventure, and he was credited in ITV’s Voyager and Network First , BBC1’s Classic Adventure , and Channel 4’s Encounters and Equinox . But by far his outstanding achievement was climbing Everest in 1996.

Dickinson was educated at Hemel Hempstead School, where he first became interested in climbing. He became hooked on books about climbing when he read An Expedition of Mount Everest by John Hunt, and this eventually inspired him to start climbing. During his time at Durham University he joined the Film Club, he says that at this point he decided to make adventure films, so that he could combine his love of filmmaking and climbing. So, what do you have to do to climb Everest? Well first you need to be properly trained and prepared. Dickinson did this by practicing on smaller mountains around the UK, like Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdonia. After successfully

What’s Inside?

Current Affairs: View on the Elections

Clubs and Hobbies: Coin Collecting



What next for British Politics?

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Russian Scouts

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Warhammer Wordsmiths

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Entertainment: Cardistry Casey Neistat

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Film Review: Avengers Age of Ultron

Art: House Art winners


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Illustration Sketchbook


Travel: Easter in the USA

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Norway Montreal

School Life: Around the World Reading Challenge

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Healthy -

Eating Project

Creative Writing: A Venetian Scene

Matt Dickinson, Author Visit

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Aftermath of the Battle

Blue Man Blood My Book (Part 1)

General Interest: American Civil War Egg Fried Rice Recipe Humphrey The Dog


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Jack the Ripper


Mobile Phone Review

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