Once a year I try to do something “stupid” in my spare time which makes the blood flow and keeps me looking as young as I do? ;) Events in the past have been fairly low key, (Running with the Bulls; Devizes to Westminster Kayak Race to name two) thus I have not worked at getting any charitable donations for what has essentially been fun! However this year, I undertook a larger commitment to a challenge that due to the size of what I have bitten off, seemed appropriate enough for me to ask for a charitable donations. (it seems every 5x minutes someone is asking for donations and I honestly wouldn’t, if I didn’t think I would work for it.) Anyway, between the 2nd and 9th September, myself and two other friends climbed Mount Blanc in the Alps. This mountain is 15,800 feet / 4810 metres tall and has a reputation of being unforgiving. We had also decided upon climbing the 3 Monts route, slightly more technical that the preferered Gouter route, which involved climbing some steep snow and ice slopes as you ascend from the Cosmiques refuge over Mont Blanc du Tacul, Mont Maudit and finally to Mont Blanc. There is a short section (about 60-70m) of 45-50 degree ice climbing to pass the shoulder of Mont Maudit. The climb consisted of 3x days acclimatisation, (operating above 10,0000ft,) before the ascent on Day 4 to the summit. Summit day was 11x hours of effort, but it was worth it in the end. I would recommend this to anyone who would like to challenge themselves and are not afraid of heights. It is nice to know that some good has come out of our adventure in the form of the kind donations for the Alexander Devine charity.