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Hundreds of people will be conquering peaks all over the world to celebrate a national charities 75th anniversary.

Sunday 6 May 2007 is the key date which will see the majority of intrepid supporters of The British Schools Exploring Society (BSES Expeditions), attempting to reach the top of various peaks, ranging from Everest to Pavis Wood in Hertfordshire, from Ben Nevis to Leith Hill in Surrey.

BSES Expeditions is this year celebrating 75 years as the longest running ‘not for profit’ charity of its type. To mark this epic achievement many are taking part in its ‘75 Summits’ challenge.

Many have already completed their summit, including patron Sir Ranulph Fiennes who climbed The Eiger (North Face) back in March. Not to be outdone, membership and events coordinator of BSES Expeditions, Henrietta Staveley, trekked to the top of Beacon Hill in Norfolk.

Will Taunton-Burnet, Executive Director for BSES Expeditions said: “What better way for an expedition charity to celebrate such an epic milestone of 75 years at the top of its game, than by organising a 75 Summit challenge!

“It’s great so many people have already got involved in helping us celebrate, and the more people the better! All you need to do is find out the nearest high peak that you can get to, grab your friends and walking boots, take a photo on the summit and send it in to us!” Will Taunton-Burnet continued.

The aim of BSES Expeditions is to help the personal and social development of young people, through the challenge of exploring remote and demanding areas of the world through studying climate change in the Arctic and biodiversity in the Amazon jungle.

Few would dispute that participation in a BSES Expedition is a life changing experience. The combination of physical challenges with scientific fieldwork and conservation in remote wilderness environments encourages the development of personal confidence, teamwork and leadership skills, as well as a spirit of adventure and exploration.

The youth development charity is currently recruiting for young explorers to take part in expeditions which include The Amazon, Svalbard and Ladakh.

To get involved in helping the BSES celebrate such a prestige milestone with one of your own climbs, please visit the website at www.bses.org.uk.

Over the past 75 years, the BSES has:

• Discovered one new site of bushman artwork and artefacts in Africa.
• Trekked 57.6 times around the world. (That’s 2,303,840 km!)
• Measured 133 glacier snouts in the Artic.
• Recorded 13,860 blood pressures in high altitude physiology studies.
• Protected 30,000 turtle eggs.

BSES Expeditions, The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore,
London, SW7 2AR

Telephone: 020 7591 3141, fax: 020 7591 3140, email: info@bses.org.uk

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Notes to editors

The British Schools Exploring Society (BSES Expeditions) is a non-profit UK-based charity which is this year celebrating it’s 75th anniversary in May. Founded in 1932 by the late Surgeon Commander G. Murray Levick, a member of Scott’s final Antarctic Expedition of 1910-13, the BSES is one of the longest running organisations of its type.

Based at The Royal Geographical Society in London, BSES Expeditions has provided opportunities for young people of all abilities between the ages of 16 and 23 to take part in adventure projects that involve scientific research in wilderness areas.

For further information

Please contact Carrie-Anne Savage, 020 7569 3044 or carrie@yesconsultancy.com at The Yes Consultancy or,

Nancy Pickup, Marketing Manager at BSES Expeditions, 020 7591 3141 or Nancy@bses.org.uk

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