Fundraiser to go on Inca Trail

13th Feb 2013

A fundraiser will trek 26 miles across Peru's Inca Trail on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support this May.

Liz Harding will begin her venture by flying to Lima where the group will meet and embark upon short walks to acclimatise themselves to the rarefied air. The trek, from the fourth day, involves Liz and her friend Annie Blackwell walking up to 12 hours daily. They will climb up to 4,200 metres above sea level in total.

The pair start at the base of the KM82 mountains, named after their distance along the railway line between Cusco, where the trail starts, and Machu Picchu, where it ends.

Liz said she wanted to do "something different" for her 50th birthday this year and decided on the Peruvian hike because a cancer-suffering friend died, although she admits: "Annie and I aren't the fittest of people".

Liz, who promises to be "relentless", finally decided on the trek after a few drinks at a Jubilee party and said she would do it with a second friend after the first one backed out.

She heard the steps, rather than the walking, were the worst part and was told to walk up and down steps in preparation, although she has so far just walked the five-mile Worth Way, a far cry from the "out of this world" views she is expecting to take in along the Inca Trail.

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