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Mont Blanc Climbers raise over £15,000

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On Sunday 15th July, Sophia Breslauer, 14 & her father Keith set off to climb Mont Blanc the highest mountain in the Alps and Western Europe. After an immensely hard climb they eventually summited on Thursday 19th July and made their decent back home. Jewish Blind & Disabled would like to thank Sophia & Keith for taking on this tremendous challenge and would like to wish them both a huge congratulations on reaching the summit, such a wonderful achievement!

Sophia said “I am proud to say that together we have raised over £15,000 for this wonderful charity that is close to my heart as they not only support the blind, but the deaf as well. Although I only have a slight hearing difficulty, I can easily sympathise and understand how frustrating and debilitating being deaf is.

My dad and I set off to do a series of climbs in and around the Mont Blanc massif with the main goal to climbMont Blancweather permitted. A week before we set off, there was a massive avalanche on the same route we were planning and 9 people died and over 20 injured. In mountaineering terms, the route was actually safer post an avalanche and the plan was still on especially as we had the best guides from Ski Weekend that my dad has  known for 17 years and have done many successful trips for us. The weather window was very tight and only one day appeared open.

We set off to do some smaller summits, and climbed the summit of Toula (3,500m) and then the next day, the summit of Marbrees (3,600m), both very cool and hard work.  During the 5 day trip we stayed in two different huts and although the hut was cramped and quite different to how I usually live, it was an interesting and different experience. I felt like a true climber after staying in the mountain huts.

In the meantime, the weather got very scary, and the route we planned was definitely off as two people died of hypothermia as they got stuck on the mountain. We then heard that the Gouter hut was overbooked as climbers sought refuge from the storms and our guides advised againstany attempt, as high risk of life. 

We scoured theAlpsfor something very impressive to add to our experiences that also had very good weather. The biggest mountain inItalyand part of the Mt Blanc range looked ideal and we set out to climb Grand Paradiso, a good challenging 4,000m summit in an amazing location of theGran ParadisoNational Park.  The climb was unusually long as we had to walk from the valley floor and took all in about 8 hours from floor to summit with a break at the Hut.

It was a truly amazing and unforgettable experience. I look forward to hopefully climbing and reaching more summits along with my father and siblings.”

If you would like more information about taking part in challenges please email Danielle or call 020 8371 6611.