28th July (or thereabouts) – travel from the UK to the base of the Matterhorn, and spend a few days acclimatising to the altitude. Neil will be joined by not only John, but several other veterans who will also be hoping to reach the summit.
3rd August – the mountain guides join the team and, if the weather’s right, everyone will climb up to the Hörnli Hut, the main hut located on the north-eastern ridge. This will only take a few hours for most people, but will take Neil a day.
4th August – from the Hörnli Hut, Neil will be trying to climb as high as he can, hoping to reach the 4,000 mark (where there’s another, emergency hut to stay over in) in one or two days. From here, it should be possible to reach the summit and return in a day. Everyone else will climb in separate teams, and should be able to climb from the Hörnli Hut to the summit and back in a day.