A hotelier is to attempt to climb one of the deadliest mountains in the world - and raise funds for a Lancashire hospice.
Tim Bell, 39, who has already scaled Kilimanjaro, the world’s largest free-standing mountain, is now aiming to conquer Western Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc, in June.
Lying on the France-Italy border and standing 15,781ft, the highest peak in the Alps is considered to be the ‘spiritual home of mountaineering’.
The mountain, which still claims dozens of lives a year, will be Tim’s toughest test to date, presenting a whole new series of physical challenges.
The manager of the four-star Lancaster House, in Green Lane, Lancaster, said: “I am in no doubt that Mont Blanc will be quite unlike anything I’ve ever done before.
“My previous treks, although physically very hard, were mainly undertaken by foot, with occasional scrambling in tricky conditions - especially ‘Kili’ with its bitterly cold temperatures and the awful effects of altitude.”
Getting to the summit of this famous Alpine peak is a technical climb, often involving the use of ropes, harnesses, cramp-ons and ice axes, and there are risks and dangers such as narrow snow-covered ridges, near-vertical drops, potential avalanches and fierce swings in temperature.
Tim said: “There is a lot of training and preparation to do, but I’m determined not to fail and am excited about the new challenges, while still having the deepest respect for this notorious mountain.”
His expedition will raise funds for St John’s Hospice in Lancaster, a small charitable trust that provides 24/7 residential and day hospice care and means a lot to Tim.
He was so impressed with the level of care given by St John’s when one of his close family members was terminally ill with cancer that he vowed to repay his debt of gratitude.
People can follow Tim’s training and fundraising on the English Lakes news page at blogs.englishlakes.co.uk.