Glacier trip gets under way for town’s intrepid explorer

Year 11 student Philippa Goode handing over a cheque to the School Council to his exploration group ahead of his glacier survey trip to Norway this Summer.
Year 11 student Philippa Goode handing over a cheque to the School Council to his exploration group ahead of his glacier survey trip to Norway this Summer.
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A MORPETH adventurer is hoping to have some more amazing experiences on his latest expedition.

Earlier this year, Jamie Pattison was among a group of Newcastle College students who scaled the 4,167 metre-high Mount Jebel Toubkal in Morocco.

Now he has gone to Norway with the Brathay Exploration Group, which is doing a survey of a glacier to help measure the effects of global warming.

The 20-year-old’s role during the next three weeks in the Tunsbergdalsbreen area of the country will be to provide technical assistance on the glacier and first aid if necessary. The temperature will generally be between zero and -10°C.

To help bring in the £1,500 required to go on the trip, he held a fundraising meal at Marabini’s in the town centre and did a lecture about his Morocco experience at Chantry Middle School and Technology College.

He also received some donations, including £100 from King Edward VI School Council, and the rest came through paid work.

Mr Pattison said: “I’m very grateful to everyone who supported my fundraising efforts and now I’m looking forward to the expedition.

“Hopefully, I will get some personal time to do some climbing when I’m out there and it will be a useful experience to be at the front of a trekking group.”