An intrepid adventurer from Roecliffe has reached the summit of Mont Blanc after a “terrifying” climb to raise money for charity.
Karl Mainey, head chef and owner of the Crown Inn in Roecliffe, has now raised more than £2,000 for Martin House Children’s Hospice.
He completed a week-long trip to the summit with a five-strong team earlier this month, climbing 15,871ft in temperatures down to -15C.
Mr Mainey said it was so cold they had to put boiling water in their water bottles as it would have frozen by the time they reached the summit.
And now, safely back home after the challenge, he has spoken of his fears as he took those last steps to the summit.
“It was terrifying at times,” he said. “The exposure to falls was apparent at every turn.
“Our guide talked us up every step and kept us on tight ropes to ease our nerves. I looked up and just wished myself onwards...A poor English chap lost his footing here last Friday and fell to his death.”
After five hours they reached the 15,871 summit.
“One step, breathe, one step, breathe was all we could manage at 14,000ft,” he said.
“The descent was even more fraught with danger. Our legs were tired, one slip would have been fatal, over heavily falling snow, which was quickly covering the crevasses.
“We arrived at the safety of the mountain refuge after 12 hours of climbing and fell into bed, completely spent.”
Mr Mainey having returned safely home, says he is delighted to have raised so much money for charity.
“It has taken me a week to fully appreciate the achievement,” he said. “I am just glad to be back home.”