Brave solicitor Jane Booker is hoping to overcome her fear of heights and raise thousands of pounds for charity.
The 48-year-old, a partner at the Preston office of law firm Walker Smith Way Legal, will undertake a ten-day treck to Machu Picchu in Peru along the Inca Trail.
She hopes to raise £5,000 for Children Today, a charity which helps disabled children.
During the expedition she aims to walk more than 30 miles through mountains, subtropical jungle and lush cloud-forest in temperatures of around 22C.
She will ascend rocky trails and three mountain passes, the highest is at 4,200m above sea level – despite her uncontrollable fear of heights.
Jane said: “Signing up for this is probably incredibly foolish, but I felt compelled to do it for the charity and I’m determined to face my fears. I’m absolutely terrified of heights, even going up hills whilst I’m training for the trek makes me feel very dizzy and nauseous, I have to sit down if I climb a boulder.
“It’s also a long way in warm humid conditions which will push me to my limit. The idea of living on a mountain for days on end, carrying a rucksack with all my worldly possessions is not my idea of fun.
“People will think I’m daft but I’m also determined; determined both to conquer my fear (or at least subdue it slightly) and to raise as much money as possible for a brilliant cause.”
The expedition, which sets out on April 26, is organised by Children Today as its 20th Anniversary Challenge.
Jane has collected more than £5,000 in pledges, but hopes to top £6,000 by the time she departs.
For more information or to sponsor Jane visit her JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/Jane-Booker