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 have undertaken 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 I finished in 6hrs 21 mins.  This was followed by the the four highest mountains in the British Isles: Snowdon (1085m); Carrauntoohil (1038m), Ben Nevis (1344m) and Sca Fell (964m). The Sky Dive was terrifying and immensely invigorating.  The scariest and most dangerous of my challenges was the abseil 761 ft down James Hall Shaft, the deepest shaft in the country, into icy water and a claustrophobic crawl through England's deepest cave, charmingly known as the Devil's Arse.Then there was the final one, the cross Channel waterski, which I attempted but was defeated by high seas.  I did, however, do the equivalent distance along the Cornish coast and so, I think, honour was satisfied! Click on the tiles above to see some photographs of each challenge. 80 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 have done my bit of 'raging' by raising lots of money with your help.  We are approaching the £70,000 mark, but will still need your help to reach my target of £80,000, so please do donate now, if you haven't already!  And thank you SO much to all who have already done so, most generously!
Carrauntoohil 1038m
Debbie McCrory of BBC Radio Cornwall recorded on 26th June 2015.
Snowdon 1085m
London Marathon Completed Snowdon Completed Carrauntoohil Completed Sky Dive Completed Skafell Pike Completed Ben Nevis Completed James Hall Shaft/Peak Cavern Completed Waterski across Channel Defeated by the weather, but same distance done in Cornwall later.
Debbie McCrory of BBC Radio Cornwall recorded on 9th April 2015.
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.
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PRESS COVERAGE                                      Explorer runs, climbs and falls towards £80,000 charity target 26th June 2015  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...]
James Hall Shaft  761ft.
                                 DO NOT GO GENTLE Nigel Powlson talks to Robin Hanbury-Tenison, one of the country’s greatest explorers, as he completes a herculean Derbyshire challenge THE accepted view is that when people reach their 80th year they are entitled to throttle back on life and take a well-earned rest. Just don’t tell Robin Hanbury-Tenison that’s what you expect him to do. Faced with becoming an octogenarian next year, he decided to create himself a bucket list that would test a fit 25 year old. He came up with eight challenges in a five-month period, starting with running the London Marathon, then moving on to climbing the four highest mountains in the British Isles, a sky dive, an abseil down a terrifying Derbyshire shaft and then, to finish off, a quick water ski across The Channel. Robin originally intended to explore the Titan shaft, but it was closed due to a cave-in, which he admits wasn’t the most reassuring start to the adventure.  Instead, he went down the nearby James Hall For good measure he’s aiming to raise £80,000 for the charity he [read more...]
             Man, 79, abandons English Channel water-ski record 30 August 2015 A 79-year-old daredevil was forced to abandon his bid to become the oldest person to water-ski across the English Channel.  The stunt was the last of eight challenges Robin Hanbury-Tenison had set himself ahead of his 80th birthday.  The others included skydiving from 14,000ft, running the London Marathon and cave abseiling.  He abandoned the water-ski on Saturday owing to large waves which were described as "boat breaking". Mr Hanbury-Tenison, who is from Cornwall and turns 80 in May, said: "We thought we had a hole in the weather but it wasn't as good as everybody had hoped... There was no way that I was going to fight those waves for an hour and a half."  He set himself the eight challenges - one for each decade of his life - to raise funds for Survival International, a global movement for tribal people's rights which he co-founded in 1969.  He left Dover with 13-year-old Lauren Bird, who got just under halfway across in her bid to become the youngest person to water-ski across the Channel.  Her father Steve, from Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, said: "She was doing really well in really taxing conditions, but some of the waves were bigger than her, and she's quite small." Mr Hanbury-Tenison has raised more than £60,000 of his £80,000 target.  Although he does not plan to repeat his attempt, he aims to prove he can complete the distance by water-skiing 20 miles on an estuary in Rock, Cornwall, close to where he lives.
Eighty going on 18 Veteran explorer and adventurer Robin Hanbury-Tenison has marked his 80th birthday on May 7 next year by-almost- completing a series of eight  challenges... [read more]