Former Royal Marine sparks fury for taking rowing machine to top of Mont Blanc and dumping it there

Former Royal Marine sparks fury for taking rowing machine to top of Mont Blanc and dumping it there

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A FORMER Royal Marine has sparked fury by dumping a rowing machine on Europe’s highest mountain.

Matt Disney, 36, climbed 15,780ft Mont Blanc with it on his back — but said bad weather forced him to abandon it at the summit.

Matt Disney at the top of Mont Blanc with the £900 rowing machine
Matt Disney at the top of Mont Blanc with the £900 rowing machine
The former Royal Marine carried the rowing machine 15,780ft to the top of Europes tallest mountain
The former Royal Marine carried the rowing machine 15,780ft to the top of Europe’s highest mountain

But local mayor Jean-Marc Peillex accused him of being a litter lout — and threatened to send the £1,600 bill for its removal to the British Embassy in Paris.

Mr Peillex also tweeted a photo of the abandoned £900 Concept 2 rower to PM Boris Johnson.

He said: “With a name like Disney, you’d think he thought he was at an amusement park.”

Matt, from Staining, Lancs, who rowed the equivalent of Blanc’s height at the top, said high winds and cloud meant he had to leave it.

He said: ”I’m a mountain man, I have the highest respect for mountains and would never litter.

“I had full permission to take the rowing machine up there and I had every intention of bringing it down.

“I left it very tidily in a hut near the top and I have every intention of going to get it sometime between September 12 and 30.


“It’s not littering and the mayor has got it wrong.”

Matt, who was fundraising for soldiers’ charities, added: “I’m the sort of bloke who’d walk two miles with a plastic bottle to find a bin.”

But Mr Peillex, mayor of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, said a helicopter is needed to retrieve it, adding: “We need to stop these crazy people who think they can break all the rules.”

He has been accused of being a litter lout for abandoning the rowing machine
He has been accused of being a litter lout for abandoning the rowing machine
Matt has said he intends to climb the mountain again to collect the machine
Matt said he intends to climb the mountain again to collect the machine


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