There wasn’t any pub crawling in Hackney for Dwayne Fields this holiday weekend, nor could he be found on the banks of the Thames, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Queen.
Instead, along with climbing partner campaigner and prolific fund raiser, Lee Ferrigon, Dwayne paid his own tribute to the Queen a top Ben Nevis on Saturday.
“Being on top of Ben Nevis to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is nothing like the journey the Queen has over the years,” said the Stoke Newington based explorer and adventurer on his decent from the mountain.
The climb took 3 hours 20 minutes to make and although he planned on a barbeque and brought along his kit, they arrived a little to late in the day to light up.
Dwayne is the first British black man to go to the North Pole He will be venturing to the South Pole later this year and thought about how he could celebrate this momentous year for the Queen and decided to go to the highest point in the British Isles.
In December 2012, he met the Queen when along with other Polar explorers, adventurers, and achievers he was invited to a royal reception at Buckingham Palace, to mark the centenary of Scott’s 100th year anniversary of his expedition to the South Pole.
“It will not get any easier,” The Queen told Dwayne after he informed her he was going to the South Pole this year. He added “She is an amazing woman!”