ROBIN HANBURY-TENISON President of Survival Internationall    ‘The doyen of British explorers’  The Spectator
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To celebrate entering my 80th year I am undertaking a series of eight challenges, one for each decade, to raise much needed funds for Survival International - the global movement for tribal peoples' rights. Survival, the charity I helped co-found in 1969, is the cause closest to my heart. I started with the London Marathon in April - which was no walk in the park at over 26 miles, but I finished in 6hrs 21 mins.  I was joined by 'Team Survival' including my son Merlin, daughter-in-law Savannah, Amazon Indian Nixiwaka and others.  This has just been followed by the first two of my seven other challenges: Snowdon (1085m); Carrauntoohil (1038m), two of the four highest mountains in the British Isles. Ben Nevis (1344m) and Sca Fell (964m) are still to come.  The Sky Dive was terrifying and immensely invigorating. Then there’s the Cave abseil down the Titan shaft (141m), the deepest pitch in Britain and out Peak Cavern in the Derbyshire Peak District, England's deepest cave - and finally I plan to waterski across the English Channel, although I don’t have a boat fixed up yet! It is a ridiculous age, which has crept up on me unawares and I do not intend to go gentle into that good night. Instead, I shall do my bit of 'raging' by raising lots of money with your help.  We are over half way there already!!
Ben Nevis 1344m
Sca Fell 964m
Carrauntoohil 1038m
Debbie McCrory of BBC Radio Cornwall recorded on 26th June 2015.
Snowdon 1085m
Very tentative dates for other challenges.  They are weather, snow, time and tide dependent. Marathon Sunday 26th April Completed Snowdon Monday 8th June Completed Carrauntoohil Wednesday 10th June Completed Sky Dive Friday 19th June Completed Skafell Pike Thursday 16th July         Completed Ben Nevis Saturday 18th July Completed Peak Cavern Saturday 15th August Waterski across Channel Monday 31st August
Debbie McCrory of BBC Radio Cornwall recorded on 9th April 2015.
Snowdon 1085m
Survival International is the global movement for tribal peoples' rights.  We're the only organisation that champions tribal peoples around the world. We help them defend their lives, protect their lands and determine their own futures.  Robin Hanbury Tenison, OBE, (b. 1936) is one of the founders and President of Survival International. Named by the Sunday Times (in 1982) as "the greatest explorer of the past 20 years" and as one of the 1000 "Makers of the 20th Century" in 1991, he has been on more than 30 expeditions including Survival's first ever field expedition visiting dozens of Indian peoples in 1971 at the invitation of the Brazilian government. His conclusions laid the groundwork for the international campaign for Brazilian Indians. He is a Gold Medallist of the Royal Geographical Society.
Titan Shaft 464 ft.
English Channel 25 miles
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PRESS COVERAGE 26th June 2015  Explorer runs, climbs and falls towards £80,000 charity target Four down, four to go... these were the words of Robin Hanbury- Tenison as he gently landed on Cornish turf after a sky dive from 12,000 feet. The Cornish explorer, who has pledged to tackle eight challenges in his eightieth year with [read more...]