Monday, March 06, 2006

Churchill Fellowship Award for Mark Salmon

The Dorset Expeditionary Society is proud to announce that Mark Salmon has been awarded a 2006 Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowships for his wilderness mountain biking youth expedition.

Mark is a teacher of physical education and teacher in charge of outdoor education at The Wey Valley School, Weymouth; he has taken part in and run many expeditions with the DES. These have included trips to Nepal, Colorado, Spain, French Alps and Mt. Rainier. Mark is very involved in the delivery of the outdoor and residential programme at the Wey Valley School.

Mark was part of the challenging June 2004 expedition to Alaska, where he and fellow teachers Ollie Bray and Clive Burgess climbed Mount McKinley (Denali) to raise funds for the Claire Clements Trust, which provides a hardship fund to young people who want to take part in expeditions but who otherwise could not afford to participate.

Denali is the highest mountain on the North American continent and the tallest mountain in the world. The vertical relief of 5,486m between its base to the summit at 6,194m is greater even than that of Mount Everest. Denali is situated in the Alaska Range in the USA.

Mark is keen to encourage student interest in his trips and maintains hi-tech websites that allow students to follow his adventures.

For details on the Denali expedition see:
For his forthcoming Colorado expedition see:

For more details on applying for Churchill Fellowship Awards see the website:

The 2007 categories are due to be announced on Monday 5 June 2006. If you would like to register to receive notification of the 2007 categories, please click here.