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 will be starting with the London Marathon in April - which is no walk in the park at over 26 miles!  I will be joined in the Marathon by 'Team Survival' including my son Merlin, daughter-in-law Savannah, Amazon Indian Nixiwaka and others.  This will be followed by my seven other challenges: - Climb the four highest mountains in the British Isles: Ben Nevis (1344m); Snowdon (1085m); Carrauntoohil (1038m); and Sca Fell (964m)- Sky Dive from about 14,000 feet - 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 waterski across the English Channel! 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. Many thanks,
Ben Nevis 1344m
Sca Fell 964m
Carrauntoohil 1038m
Very tentative dates for other challenges.  They are weather, snow, time and tide dependent. Marathon Sunday 26th April   COMPLETE Snowdon Sunday 7th June Carrauntoohil Tuesday 9th June Sky Dive Friday 19th June Skafell Pike Wednesday 15th July Ben Nevis Saturday 18th July Peak Cavern Saturday 15th August Waterski across Channel Monday 31st August
Listen to an interview with 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.
Sky Dive 14,000 ft.
English Channel 25 miles
Photograph by Emily Whitfield-Wicks
Training on Bodmin Moor
6 hours 21 minutes