Royal Celebration of British Adventure

December 9, 2011

Last night, there was a gathering at Buckingham Palace in honour of the UK contribution to the world of Adventure and Exploration. It was timed to mark the 100th anniversary of Captain Robert Scott’s final expedition to the South Pole*, and was hosted by Her Majesty the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

Those in attendance included Sir David Attenborough, Sir Chris Bonington, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Michael Palin, Dame Ellen MacArthur, Bear Grylls and we are very humbled to announce that Simon Albert, one of Charity Challenges founding Directors was also invited. As you know the company has supported many thousands of people over the last 12 years to achieve incredible adventures whilst raising over £35m pounds for many worthwhile causes.

Simon said “I was honoured to have been invited and so inspired by the room of legendary explorers, it was quite incredible.  I am addicted to Frozen Planet and anything travel documentary related so this was an amazing night for me.  In 2011, we launched and ran our first North Pole challenge, and in 2012, one hundred years after Captain Scott’s now infamous expedition took place, we will be helping other adventurers to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for their chosen charities skiing the last degree.”

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*On June 15, 1910, a group of explorers, led by Captain Robert Scott, set sail for Antarctica on board the Terra Nova. After months of preparation and planning, the team left base camp and eventually reached the South Pole on January 17, 1912. But their elation was short-lived after discovering that Amundsen’s Norwegian team had arrived before them. On their return journey, Scott and his entire team died from exhaustion, starvation and the freezing conditions.

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  • Reply Mark Kalch December 9, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Simon also took great delight in endlessly sampling the canapes and knocking back as many glasses of fancy Champagne as he could.

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