A STUDENT is set to trek up the highest mountain in South-East Asia as part of a charity challenge.
Roland Rollinson is hoping to raise £3,000 to trek, cycle and paddle his way thorough the Indonesian and Malaysian country.
The 20-year-old hopes to raise another £3,000 for the Barnardo’s charity, which works with vulnerable children.
Roland, an advertising and media student at Huddersfield University, said: “I have a very adventurous spirit and am always up for the challenge.
“I was looking to go to Borneo for a personal experience and I came across the Barnardo’s website and thought I could do something for charity.
“It is a once in a lifetime experience and for a good cause.”
Roland, who spent his early years in the Philippines, will spend 10 days on the challenge.
He will begin his experience next March 21 and finish 10 days later, having climbed to the top of South-East Asia’s highest mountain, Borneo’s Mount Kinabalu, which stands at 4,095 metres (about 12,500ft).
The mountain has a tropical heat, jungle and rainforest environment.
Roland added: “I am quite fit anyway; I play a lot of rugby so that will help. I was raised in the Philippines and had a mountain virtually in my back garden, so I am used to trekking up and down them.
“But this will be a difference experience. I’m not sure how I’ll cope with the altitude and there isn’t really anything I can do to train and prepare myself for it.”
He will climb to the summit of Mount Kinabalu during a two-day trek.
Once at the top, Roland will see the sun rise over the region before embarking on his next challenge.
This is a two-day 170-kilometre (about 100 miles) cycle ride through the rugged Crocker Mountain Range.
His last experience will be a white- knuckle raft down the Padas River.
“I can’t wait to get started,” said Roland.
“I have wanted to do something like this for so long and to do it for charity is even better.”
To find out more or sponsor Roland visit www.justgiving.com/ultimate.