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Veteran skier beats Everest

Martin Jordan, 79, has completed a marathon adventure in the Alps to raise money for Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.

His aim was to complete a sponsored ski down the equivalent of the height of Everest.

In January he travelled to Söll in the Austrian Tyrol to attempt his challenge.

“I was initially joined by three friends, but carried on later by myself. This is when I ran into a fog bank and then had to pick my way. I was thinking to myself, ‘What are you doing here, you silly old fool?’ But I came out of the fog and skied down to the station from which we had started. Just as I got there the lift closed, so I took a blue run back down to the base.”

– Martin Jordan

His descent that day was 31,036ft (9,460 metres), topping his Everest target by more than 4,000ft, but on 30 January he went much further.

“I decided to go off on my own and just ski. I caught the bus at 8.10am, took the lift and started skiing at 9am. I had a couple of buns and a drink with me and went up and down the pistes all day. Each lift gate read my pass and a print-out at the end of the day showed I had done 41,435 vertical feet (12,660 metres). My total time was 447 minutes. When I saw the print-out, I was so elated I burst out laughing. Doing the equivalent of Everest isn’t all that impressive, but what I did on 30 January is. If it wasn’t printed, people would think I was telling porkies.”

– Martin Jordan

Money raised by Martin through sponsorship by Martin will be doubled under Arts Council England’s Catalyst funding scheme.

Veteran skier completes Alps adventure

A passionate sportsman, who will be 80 next month, has completed a marathon adventure in the Alps to raise money for Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.

In one day, he skied more than 50 miles and descended more than 42,000ft, taking 35 ski lift rides on the way.

Martin Jordan had aimed to complete a sponsored ski down the equivalent of the height of Everest (29,029ft), a target he beat with ease on a day.


St Leonard's Hospice pays tribute to men who died in Alps avalanche

In May St Leonard’s heard from his partner Donna that Steve Barber intended to do an ice-climb on Mont Blanc and had chosen to raise funds for St Leonard’s Hospice in York as an important local charity.

As far as we are aware he had no direct link with the Hospice, so we were very pleased to hear that he recognised the important part the Hospice

plays in York and the surrounding area, and we were looking forward to the photographs he promised to bring back from this adventure to use on the Hospice’s website.

We are devastated to hear of Steve’s death and the deaths of John Barber and Roger Payne, as well as of the other victims.

Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends today.

– Janet Morley, Director of Fundraising. St Leonard's Hospice, York

Three British men confirmed dead in avalanche

Three British climbers have been killed in an avalanche in the French Alps.

John Taylor and Steve Barber and experienced climber Roger Payne were among nine people killed on Mont Maudit, near Chamonix, on Thursday.

Two of the men – Taylor and Barber were climbing to raise money for a local hospice.

They were part of a team of 28 attempting to reach the summit of Mont Blanc.

Other climbers confirmed dead were from Germany, Spain and Switzerland.

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