Janine scales the heights for North Devon Hospice

BARNSTAPLE mum Janine Lane is preparing to reach great heights in the name of charity. Janine, 37, will next year be attempting to climb the highest mountain in Bolivia – the 6,462 metre Illimania – plus five of the country s other 5,000 metre-plus mounta

BARNSTAPLE mum Janine Lane is preparing to reach great heights in the name of charity.

Janine, 37, will next year be attempting to climb the highest mountain in Bolivia - the 6,462 metre Illimania - plus five of the country's other 5,000 metre-plus mountains.

She has to complete them all in a three-week weather window between July 17 and August 7 next year as part of a group of climbers of similar ability from all over the country.

It will be her second South American adventure to raise funds for the North Devon Hospice. Previously she trekked the high altitude Inca trail in Peru.


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Janine is being helped in her venture by husband Chris and by The Mill Adventure Centre in South Molton, where she works part time and also trains on its indoor climbing walls.

It was at The Mill that the climbing bug first started about four years ago, said Janine.

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Since then she has graduated to mountaineering. She has already climbed in the Alps and as part of her training schedule for next year's Bolivian trip she is planning to climb Mont Blanc later this year.

Janine explained that after a serious illness which kept her in bed for six months she had visited the North Devon Hospice and seen "people who were really ill."

After her recovery she decided she would try to raise some money on its behalf and had taken part in the Inca Trail, she said.

Now she is hoping to raise some more."I am funding my own trip, so all the money raised will go to the hospice," she assured.

Janine has set up a internet page for people who want to help: www.justgiving.com/Janine lane.

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