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Ben Iversen

The PTI Alpine Challenge

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My story

<p><strong>The Prince's Teaching Institute Alpine Challenge 2010</strong></p> <p><img style="float: left; margin: 10px;" title="The team on The Haute Route" src="http://www.princes-ti.org.uk/view/image.shtml?v78731-tgajyvm-7" alt="The Haute Route" width="300" height="225" />Please support the PTI team who completed a physically challenging week of trekking and climbing in the Swiss and French Alps.&nbsp;</p> <p>The first part of the challenge&nbsp;was to complete The Haute Route (left).&nbsp;The route links two renowned alpine mountaineering towns, Chamonix in France and Zermatt in Switzerland. The path passes through stunning mountain panoramas at high altitude every step of the journey. The team&nbsp;completed 5km of vertical ascent and 5km of vertical descent and reached a high point of 3710m on the summit of Tete Blanche on day four.</p> <p><img style="float: right; margin: 10px;" title="Summit of the Grand Combin" src="http://www.princes-ti.org.uk/view/image.shtml?n22201-jdwhjce-7" alt="Summit of the Grand Combin" width="300" height="225" />The nights were spent in mountain refuges along the way. The team returned to Chamonix by road on day five and planned an ascent of Mont Blanc.</p> <p>However, due to dangerous weather conditions, and after consulting with local experts&nbsp;<img style="float: right; margin: 10px;" title="Ben and Barbara Iversen" src="http://www.princes-ti.org.uk/view/image.shtml?t81277-hnbcrft" alt="Ben and Barbara Iversen" width="178" height="134" />who warned of a serious&nbsp;avalanche risk on the upper slopes, the team decided to&nbsp;plan an ascent of Grand Combin (above)&nbsp;-&nbsp;itself a complete mountain massif sitting at the Western end of the Penine Alps. (See below for full details of the climb).</p> <p>The team is&nbsp;started the challenge&nbsp;on Friday 30th July, and finished on Saturday 7th August. The team members were:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><img style="float: right; margin: 10px;" title="Jean Marc Krattiger - Alpine Challenge Guide" src="http://www.princes-ti.org.uk/view/image.shtml?y61519-bupuivj" alt="Jean Marc Krattiger - Alpine Challenge Guide" width="178" height="134" />Rupert Eastwood</li> <li>Major Jeremy Hay</li> <li>Barbara Iversen</li> <li>Ben Iversen</li> <li>Sam Kite</li> <li>Jean Marc Krattiger</li> <li>William Mitchell</li> <li>Richard Swallow</li> </ul> <p><img style="float: left; margin: 10px;" title="Richard Swallow" src="http://www.princes-ti.org.uk/view/image.shtml?q72154-moxutar" alt="Richard Swallow" width="178" height="112" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The team is raising money for The Princes Teaching Institute,&nbsp;an educational charity which raises ambition and challenge in state schools by providing professional development for teachers.</p> <p>The Prince's Teac<span style="color: #ff0000;"><img style="float: left; margin: 10px;" title="Major Jeremy Hay" src="http://www.princes-ti.org.uk/view/image.shtml?g94454-kgseizp" alt="Major Jeremy Hay" width="138" height="162" /></span>hing Institute believes that all children, irrespective of background or ability, are entitled to be taught by teachers who are passionate and kn<img style="float: right; margin: 3px;" title="Rupert Eastwood" src="http://www.princes-ti.org.uk/view/image.shtml?s12280-hibbmem" alt="Rupert Eastwood" width="102" height="138" />owledgeable about their subjects.&nbsp; It promotes the idea that subject knowledge, subject rigour and enthusiasm for teaching are essential requirements for effective teaching.&nbsp; For more information on the PTI please click <a href="http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1001817" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">Updates from the team:</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Writing on Monday 2 August 2010 (Day three)</span></p> <p>"The team is progressing well on the Haute Route. <br /><br />The first two days have been long at nine and a half hours a day. Day one (Saturday 21st July) took us from Argentiere in the Chamonix valley over a high pass and down to Champex in Switzerland. We ascended 1km vertical and descended a total of 2.1km vertical. Weather excellent. <br /><br />Day two took us from the dam at Mavousin up a very steep pass, at times climbing on ladders and using fixed ropes on the tocks to the glacier Gietroz. We ascended the glacier for three and a half hours to a pass and then descended to the cabin Val de Dix. We enjoyed a bonfire and fireworks after dinner to celebrate Swiss national day. Weather again fine. <br /><br />Day three (Monday) started at 8am from Cabin de Dix and we crossed the glacier before passing over Col du Rite Martin via a steep via ferretta ladder. We then descended 800m vertical to the town of Arrolla. From here we head this afternoon to the cabin Bertol. Weather mixed with some rain."</p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Writing on Wednesday 4 August (Day Five)</span></p> <p>"Monday the team ascended from the village of Arrolla and climbed 1.2km vertical to the Bertol hut. The last part on steep snow and ice. Entrance to Bertol hut via steep ladders and rock with fixed cables. Hut amazing structure perched on the cliff. Conditions rather basic.&nbsp;</p> <p>Tuesday we rose at 5.15am and left the hut at 6.15am. We crossed two glaciers and climbed towards the summit of Tete Blanche. Weather closed in as we ascended and towards the top we were in a complete white out and navigating by gps.</p> <p>Given the large crevasses and steep slopes around the summit this made for interesting climbing. We aborted the climb at 3650m altitude just 50m below the summit at 930am and commenced descent.&nbsp; We descended on glacier and then morraine for 6 and half hours to the cabin Schonbuhl at 2780m.<br /><br />Wednesday 4 August: Rose at 5am and left hut at 6am. We descended for two and half hours to reach the lift station just above Zermatt at Furi. We then ascended to Kleine Matterhorn by lift reaching an altitude of 3700m. Having missed the summit of Tete Blanche on Tuesday we then climbed the Breithorn first to the central summit at 4150m and then via a steep narrow snow ridge to the main summit. We completed this and descended to Zermatt arriving finally at the end of the haute route at 330pm. Everybody safe but tired and much in need of a shower !! <br /><br />Tomorrow is a rest day before returning to Chamonix for the Mont Blanc climb"</p> <p><em><strong>Writing on Saturday 7th August (Day 8)</strong></em></p> <p>"After a rest day on Thursday following the completion of the haute route we regrouped on Friday morning to decide on the viability of phase two of the challenge. We spoke first to the guides office in Chamonix and then with the patrons at the Cosmique hut. Both advised that there had been heavy snowfall above 2600m on Mont Blanc on Wednesday and Thursday and that no local guides were planning to climb Friday or Saturday due to avalanche risk on the upper slopes. We accordingly planned an ascent of Grand Combin itself a complete mountain massif sitting at the Western end of the Penine Alps.</p> <p>We began the climb on Friday leaving Bourg St Pierre (close to the Grand St Bernard pass) at 1pm and we ascended approximately 1.5km vertical to the Valsorey cabin at 3037m. Here we spent a comfortable few hours before rising at 3am on Saturday and commencing the climb at 4am. We ascended to the Plateau du Couloir intending to climb the West Ridge but seeing that this was already busy with other teams we decided to traverse and climb the South face on our own. This was exciting climbing on steep mixed snow and rock with little opportunity to place protection and as such was four hours of "no fall" climbing. We reached the summit at 4314m under a beautiful clear blue sky at 9am. We descended via the corridor on the North flank which involved some steep ice down-climbing initially where we were able to protect with ice screws. We then had to move fast across the lower slopes which are famous for ice fall from the seracs that hang above. We reached the hut at 3pm after 11 hours climbing and after a short rest descended to the valley floor arriving at 5.30pm making a 13.5 hour day !! Whilst disappointed to have not made the Mont Blanc summit we felt that the climb was challenging both technically and in terms of vertical ascent and descent.</p> <p>The team has now disbanded tired but with many great memories!!"</p>

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Personal Challenge Date

08 Aug 2010


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Nigel & Cherry Milne

Congratulations - what an achievement. So sorry that it has taken us so long to respond.

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Jonathan & Pam Robinson

A great effort - well done

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Well done to all - no chance you'd get me up there!



Jason McCaldin

Well done all, a great effort for a worthy cause.

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Nick & Dania

Well done; a fantastic effort for a good cause.



The Dimonds

Superb. Liked the write up. Please take us with you next time!



The team in NYC

Good cause & very well done to Rupert & the rest of the team!



Jenny Eastwood & family

Well done honey - but next time the kids want to go with you!

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Charles Cartledge

Congratulations all. I especially enjoyed the Great British understatement: 'conditions rather basic' and 'interesting climbing'.

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Ben Dulieu

Ben and team Many congrats on what sounds like a great achievement

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