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Hugh Sawyer

Hugh Sawyer

Oxford graduate attempts to live on a mountain

An Oxford law graduate who spent a year sleeping in the woods near Lewknor is planning an even more 'wild' adventure.

Hugh Sawyer managed to hold down a job at Sotherbys while he was living in the wild in Oxfordshire but now he's planning to live for a whole year up a mountain in Switzerland.

He started his adventure on Friday the 19th of June, 2009 and called BBC Oxford’s Bill Heine from his base camp 1800 meters up a Swiss mountain to explain what he was doing.

Hugh told Bill; “The main danger is going to be the cold which is going to be extreme.”

He will certainly be ruing the day when he said “Tents are for girls” as in the winter the temperature is likely to get down to minus 20 and the snow depth will be measured in meters.

While he completes his mission Hugh will be working as a property manager for a small portfolio of ski chalets below his camp.

When asked why he’s doing it he said; “When one looks at the state of the world and particularly the rain forests and the direction things are going with global warming I think we all need to do what we can to try and help. I think if I can help Rain Forrest Concern by raising money for them through sponsorship then I think it’s worth while.”

You can donate money to Hugh’s chosen charity and read more about his adventure by logging onto his website on the top right of this page and you can listen to his interview with BBC Oxford’s Bill Heine on the link below.

last updated: 22/06/2009 at 16:52
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