AN ABERGELE nurse has scaled one of the seven wonders of the world in South America.
Jane Mann, aged 53, took a break from working as an Orthopaedic Nurse in Abergele Hospital and Ysbyty Glan Clwyd to climb the Inca Trail up to Machu Picchu in Peru, raising more than £3,500 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
She said: “What an amazing experience.
“It was tough going at times - the altitude got to most of us to varying degrees but it was worth it.”
She travelled on her quest with 17 other fundraisers from Heathrow Airport on May 16.
Machu Picchu is 2,430 metres above sea level and takes three days to climb.
She describes herself as inexperienced when it comes to hiking and travelling, but she has lived in South Africa and Gibraltar.
Ms Mann said: “I was mostly nervous about the altitude.
“There’s a lot to think about with the air getting thinner and the dangers that come with that - I’ve not experienced anything like it before.”
Ms Mann trained for the climb, including karate session two or three times a week, swimming, cycling and hiking.
She was inspired to take on the challenge after talking to a patient at work.
Ms Mann added: “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do really, and a few days after speaking with a patient in hospital about it - I was booked to go.
“To do it for charity is an added bonus.”
To sponsor Jane, find Jane Mann on uk.virginmoneygiving.com.