French said he has received a number of negative comments on social media since his misadventure on 9 September.
These, he believes, are unfair because he was not rescued but made it down the mountain without help.
“I was with the paramedic for no longer than 20 minutes. He said I wasn’t wasting his time at all and he actually saw the humour in it. So I haven’t cost any money to the emergency services at all.”
He added: “There are lads my age robbing and into drugs and violence, and I’m out there doing something big for something that matters and I get the hate.”