ROYAL MARINE VETERAN LEAVES ROWING MACHINE ON MONT BLANC
4th September 2019
Last modified on February 14th, 2020
Matthew Disney attempted to climb Western Europe’s highest mountain with the machine last weekend.
But as he approached the summit the weather closed in and he was unable to carry it.
He left it in a refuge on the mountain though says it will be retrieved.
He then continued his climb to the summit.
He took the machine up to raise money for charity.
In an open letter, the local mayor of Saint-Gervais Les Bains, Jean-Marc Peillex announced he would be sending the bill for the machine’s removal to the British Embassy in Paris.
The cost for the operation has been reported as £1,642 to remove it by helicopter.
“If the British want to leave Europe, first they have to settle their debts,” he was reported to have said.
The mayor urged President Emmanuel Macron to take action against people misusing the mountain.
He said the president should pass a law immediately to “punish those who break the law, and restore peace to Mont Blanc”.
“I’ve been to 13 countries’ highest mountains with the rowing machine. I have appreciation for nature and mountains as a whole. I’m not there to make a mockery of the mountain,” said Matthew Disney
“I do feel like the mayor has blown this out of proportion. My intentions were to raise awareness of causes for veterans.”
In June, two Swiss climbers landed a small plane just east of the summit and then hiked to the top.
Three people have died on the mountain this summer.