Visiting author, Matt Dickinson, enthralled pupils in Years 6 to 8 with his presentations about the climbing expeditions that he has undertaken as a cameraman to Mount Everest, where he actually succeeded in reaching the summit. He described the physical dangers and difficulties of climbing the 8,848 metres high mountain, providing amazing photographs and sobering fatality statistics. The vital role of the strong Sherpa porters and guides was explained and praised, though he emphasised the huge pressures they face to earn a meagre living in this way to support their families, while being offered bonuses to carry dangerously heavy loads of equipment with increased risks to their own lives. His experiences on Everest have led him to write a trilogy of books, including ‘The Everest Files’ which pupils were eager to buy, as well as other teen adventure books. It was fascinating to witness their enthusiasm to climb Everest, despite the dangers, while Year 8 took a more considered approach, discussing the undoubted damage being done to the mountain and the challenges facing Sherpa community.