Adventurer Becky Dickinson has taken advice from British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes as she embarks on a charity trek up Africa’s highest peak.
Becky, 34, of Mirfield, met Sir Ranulph at an event in London last month.
She told the veteran adventurer she was climbing Kilimanjaro for the Mirfield-based Hollybank Trust and asked for some tips.
Becky, a human resources manager for the HSBC bank, said: “When I asked Sir Ranulph for his advice he said: ‘Take your time, two people died up there when I did it’, which isn’t comforting!
“And shaking his hands with his frost-bitten fingers was a bit of a shock too.”
Becky, who got Sir Ranulph to sign a copy of his latest book, hopes to raise £1,000 with her self-funded adventure which is part of a three-week holiday starting next month.
Travelling solo she will join an organised eight-day trek up the world’s tallest ‘free-standing’ mountain, which towers 5,895 metres (19,336ft) above sea level.
Whatever Becky raises, up to £500, will be matched by the HSBC.
Becky will hike through tropical vegetation to forest, moorland and alpine desert before finally reaching the snow-capped summit.
Becky, who has previously run marathons and half-marathons, has also climbed Machu Pichu in Peru.
After the climb Becky will continue her holiday with a safari in the Serengeti National Park before moving on to Zanzibar.
Becky chose Hollybank, which cares for and educates children and adults with profound disabilities, because her step-mum Lesley Dickinson is a social care worker there.
Trust fundraiser Suzanne Dyda said: “We are so impressed with the energy and enthusiasm which Becky attacks these challenges.
“We are sure she will have a wonderful experience. She’s a real star.”
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