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Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Jonathan Frewen

The European High Challenge! 

On 1st June 2012, Jonathan Frewen will begin an attempt to reach the highest point in each of the 46 countries of Europe in only 86 days. With mountains in the Alps, Pyrenees, Caucasus and the Atlantic Ocean and an average peak of 1,948 metres, Jonathan has set himself an incredible challenge. Along the way, he hopes to raise lots of money for some worthy charities and he would be grateful if you would sponsor him. You can track his progress on his website which i will link on this post and keep up to date with his latest news through his blog.
Jonathan was born in Sussex in 1953 and educated at Eton, he worked in London's Foreign Exchange Market's where his career took him all over the globe to such places as Stockholm, Oslo and New York before returning to the UK in 1988 and starting his own business as a Fund Manager. Frewen is being sponsored in his huge effort to reach 46 countries, 44 ascents, 83,764 metres of climbing, 8,792 miles of driving and 29 flights all in just 86 days. He is supporting charities that help with mental and physical health, music and education, Jonathan also successfully campaigned against a new road being built through the picturesque Brede Valley in Sussex.

At a Charity Auction in aid of Maggie’s Cancer Care in September 2010, he was the winner of a guided walk up Ben Nevis, which he completed with three friends in June 2011 after several weeks of dedicated Alpine walking. The European High Challenge was born in the snow and the rain on the way back down Ben Nevis.

Jonathan has written a book with The Memoir Club titled "Hung Out To Dry Tigerflow: The Scandal of a failed VAT Investigation and Trial". Which is a Day-by-Day account of a three month trial and is the story of what happens when an individual is caught up in criminal proceedings where they are powerless against the authorities and big business.


 Posted by Jonathan on his blog
The forecast was rain but the sun has largely shone the last two days, so I have walked a fair amount, alone.  Yesterday, I climbed to Croix de Coeur and tried the track to Ruinettes. Climbing down into the tunnel at one end, it was blocked at the other by a small avalanche so I retreated and went over the top, as it were. To no avail: a few hundred yards further on, the snow was so deep - we are into May and all the pistes down to Carrefour are still skiable - I gave up and walked down to Marmottes, across to Marlenaz, intending to reach the Chute de Bisse; stymied again, literally mounds of snow on the path just above Marlenaz at the entrance to the forest. Still, it was a good five hours by the time I got home and I felt good, especially my feet and the new-ish boots. I also carried my new 45-litre backpack with a fair amount in it for the first time, slightly aching shoulders which disappeared the next day…

....Down to Martigny, I did a loop from the old town up the two Chemins, across to Col des Planches and had intended to walk back down to the Trois Couronnes for lunch: on the road going down, I played policeman to two cars about to meet each around a sharp corner. Christian Pellaud, a friendly soul whom I had never met before, offered me a ride down which I accepted! I don’t feel the need to prove my fitness walking downhill as much as walking up. The weekend threatens heavy rain so I will try to gather the last bits and pieces I still need, such as UV glasses and goggles and gaiters to stop the snow getting into my boots.

Jonathan has taken some photographs while training for The European High Challenge, he has also said...

"I am doing The Challenge to mark the Queen's Jubilee, a lady for whom I have a deep admiration."

To continue following Jonathans progress you can track him via The European High Challenge's Website -

Link's to support Jonathan 

Track Jonathan's Progress -

Follow Jonathan on Twitter -!/EuropeanHigh

Jonathan is supporting four charities in his courageous European Challenge, you can help him by donating any sum of money to one or more of those charities:

Donate to St George’s School, Verbier - The fourth charity, St George’s School, Verbier cannot be linked to Virgin due to restrictions on overseas charities.  Therefore, please could you send their donations by cheque-in-the-post to: St George’s School, Chalet Mascotte, Route de Verbier 88, 1936 Verbier, Switzerland.

To order Hung Out To Dry:

Price £9.00  P & P £2.50 UK £4.50 Europe £6.50  ROW
Available on email: or tel 01913735660
with card details and address

Book available on the internet go to link:

The Memoir Club's contact details:

Tel- 0191 373 3752

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