Ok, so things are coming to a head concerning Nick Mason, aka Nicholas R Mason of Conwy, North Wales, and the subjects of Organic Cotton, Conservation, Tanzania, Everest, K2 and Mountaineering in general.
I have for a long time had a number of searches hitting this site regarding Nick Mason and Organic Cotton. A number of people have emailed me to find out who Nick is and what his involvement is with this sector.
More recently information has come my way that Nick is planning a mountaineering trip to K2.
I want to emphasise that I am not an expert on Nick Mason or his background, skills or character. I knew Nick for a couple of years during which time he told me that he had set up the first Organic cotton project in Handeni, Tanzania. What he described sounded wonderful, and it took me a long time to realise that some elements of his story did not add up. He also told me how he’d been beaten up and falsely imprisoned in Tanzania, and had only escaped after political intervention.
I am not accusing Nick of anything, only saying that some of the things he told me did not seem to have evidence to back them up, rather the evidence appeared to demonstrate the opposite.
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Nick also told me that he had climbed Everest and various other mountains, and my hasty research appeared to bear that out. Others have done deeper research and have contradicted these findings.
I am very concerned that anyone involved in the proposed K2 expedition should do a great deal of due-diligence before committing themselves or their money into the project. I know of a number of individuals who claim to have lost money to Nick for one reason or another.
I really liked Nick, I found him great company and very inspiring. However, I was very saddened to find that some of the things he told me couldnt be verified, and I feel personally that my time spent with him was sadly wasted.
If you want to know more about Nick, I can put you in touch with others who know him better than I did, you can make your own judgements that way.
Areas he has been involved with in the recent past include fund-raising, hot-air ballooning, drama and theatrical companies, development, conservation and mountaineering.
There are two other notable Nick Masons with whom he should not be confused, the first is a notable expert on mountain Medecine, who lives in Cardiff and is a hospital consultant. That Nick Mason is a real mountaineer.
The other notable Nick Mason is the former drummer for Pink Floyd… he’s not the same guy either!
I am sorry to be doing this, it feels like a betrayal of a friendship, but I dont want to see anyone get hurt or lose any money because of potential character flaws in a person I used to like very much.