Princethorpe Pupils Meet Author And Explorer Matt Dickinson

Matt Dickinson, award-winning author and Mount Everest summiteer visited Princethorpe College on Tuesday 20 June 2017. A successful writer and film maker Matt has worked for production companies including the BBC, National Geographic Television and the Discovery Channel and is one of the very few cameramen who have ever filmed at the summit of Everest.

Matt spoke to Year 9 pupils and Sixth Form Geographers about his experiences climbing the tallest mountains in the world and his amazing adventures as an explorer in some of the most remote corners of planet Earth. Matt talked about how it was a book that inspired him as a child and started him on his journey to the summit of Everest. He spoke about the risks involved in mountaineering and his personal experiences of dangers such as frostbite. He shared breath-taking images and film clips of towering icebergs, fathomless ice crevices and gigantic glaciers and discussed the wider geographic impact humans are having on the world.

His anecdotes helped pupils understand the preparation and practice, the determination and resilience required to be an adventurer, but also how it is possible for anyone to get out there and get involved in the natural world. Matt has met some amazing and inspirational people on his travels and his love of adventure and extreme environments has given him plenty of story lines for his writing. He is the author of the ‘Mortal Chaos’ series, fast-paced action adventure stories for teenagers, and the crime drama series ‘The Everest Files’. He has also written ‘Death Zone’, a factual book based on his climb to the summit of Everest during a devastating killer storm.

Celia Scott, Princethorpe Librarian, commented, “Matt’s passion for the natural world was inspirational, he has had some amazing adventures and was able to share stories that really captured the imagination of our pupils. We had three lively sessions and it was great to see pupils interacting, and both asking and answering questions.”

Matt Dickinson was clearly delighted with his enthusiastic audience and said, “I have had a great day at Princethorpe College, with some great questions from the pupils. Their knowledge of the natural world is impressive, they were able to talk about tectonic plates and global warming and appreciate the impact of tourism on natural environments. I feel sure there are some future explorers amongst them.”