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Charity climbers get peak practice on Pendle Hill
A BARNOLDSWICK couple are preparing to conquer the world’s highest free-standing mountain – by training on Pendle Hill.
Gemma Bassett and Aaron Ashworth will tackle Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, next month in aid of Skipton-based charity The Principle Trust.
The duo recently scaled Pendle Hill twice inside 90 minutes and will be jetting off to Africa two days before their climb in order to acclimatise.
Miss Bassett, 24, said they chose to raise funds for The Principle Trust after she witnessed first-hand the work it does in providing holidays for disadvantaged children.
She said: “They just do such great work. I’m a project executive at Principle Healthcare so I’ve been able to see how rewarding it is.
“We decided to do it about a year ago and although we’ve been practising on the likes of Pendle Hill, this will be our first real challenge.
“We’re going to start climbing on September 12 and we’re expecting it to take six days.”
The pair, both former pupils at West Craven High Technology College, aim to raise £1,000 by completing the challenge. Before they set off they will continue their training by trekking up the 3,209 ft Scafell Pike in the Lake District.
Miss Bassett said: “This will be the equivalent to half our first day climb which puts it into perspective. There isn’t much in the way of altitude training so we’re just trying to maintain a good cardiovascular level in the gym and to keep on with the breathing exercises whilst training. We are finding that currently it is going well and we are very excited.”
Mr Ashworth, 26, is a barber at Razor in Albert Road, Barnoldswick.
To donate to the couple’s cause, visit uk.virginmoney giving.com/Gemma Bassett.
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