OSTEOPATH Emma Clarkson is swapping the blistering heat in the UK for the sub zero temperatures of wintry Russia when she takes on one of the world’s most ‘deadly’ peaks.
The 31-year-old, who runs her own clinic in Knowle, will be tackling the mighty Mount Elbrus with her friend Melanie Williams and a team of army personnel, to raise money for Hire a Hero.
Emma, pictured, will be providing physiotherapy for the team as they hike their way up the 18,000 ft mountain, in temperatures likely to plummet to around -35 degrees.
“Some days I can’t believe I’m going to leave the glorious sunshine for the freezing cold - but it is for a great cause,” Emma told us.
“About 30 people die on Mount Elbrus each year apparently but there has not been a point where I have feared for my safety because I will be with the military. I am a little apprehensive but this is what they have been trained for so I’m sure I will be in safe hands.”
Emma was approached by one of her patients who asked her to accompany the team on the challenge.
“I just thought it would be an amazing experience and the charity is such a great cause, I was definitely up for it. And the fact that I have been able to train with my close friend has been a real boost.”
Apart from taking on the Three Peaks, Emma admitted she has never tackled anything on this scale before.
“I’ve been training for 10 months for this and I’m taking it very seriously. Climbing Kilimanjaro was considered but this is something different.”
The feat, which begins on July 23, is expected to take about eight days to complete.
The team of army recruits will be driving in a convoy from Birmingham to Russia, while Emma and Melanie will be flying to the destination. Sponsor them at www.bmycharity.com/russia2013melanieandemma