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In support of Climb2Recovery

Summiting the Matterhorn is more than just an incredible personal achievement for Neil and his team. It’s also a chance to increase awareness of veterans’ charities, to encourage other recovering ex-service men and women to get involved with the sport of climbing, and to raise funds for Climb2Recovery.

John’s son, Billy, and a couple of friends, will also be cycling from Lands’ End to John O’Groats at the same time to raise money for Climb2Recovery too, as well as The Gurkha Welfare Trust and Cancer Research UK.

The Matterhorn climb – donate   The cycle – donate

The climb itinerary

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.

Follow along and find out more

We’re posting live updates from Neil on our Instagram stories as he makes his attempt to summit the Matterhorn.

And, you can also read about Neil and his journey so far in an interview between him, John and journalist John McCarthy from our 11th issue of Stories, now over on our journal.

Follow the climb   Read the interview