Author and Mount Everest summiteer Matt Dickinson has been on campus for the last two weeks, visiting classes across the Primary and Secondary Schools. Mr Dickinson shared his daring experiences facing extreme weather on Everest, many of which inspired his collection of books. In their sessions with Mr Dickinson, students practiced interviewing experts, designed eco-friendly solutions for waste reduction on Mount Everest, wrote personal statements in “application” to join an Everest expedition, created green-screen video productions and raised prayer flags in a Puja ceremony. Students also had the opportunity to purchase Mr Dickinson’s books after school, which he personalised and signed.
Mr Dickinson’s book, ‘The Death Zone’, is an account of his ascent of Everest’s North Face during one of the worst storms ever to hit the mountain. It has become a best seller in multiple territories around the world and is regarded as essential reading for all those who love mountain literature.
Joining in the Everest 70 Celebration, Mr Dickinson gave a passionate keynote speech about the importance of sustainable tourism and respect for local cultures. He further encouraged students to find their own adventure and to pursue that adventure with resilience. This timely visit was a much-anticipated follow-up to Mr Dickinson’s previous visit in 2019 and his virtual visit in 2021. Students enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions about climbing Everest, with some vital needs being addressed such as “how do you use the toilet on Mount Everest?!” and “can you enjoy a fizzy drink during your trek?”.