Bryan Robson scaled dizzying heights during his Manchester United career and now the Reds' legend is preparing to climb the tallest freestanding mountain in the world.
This October, Captain Marvel will spend a week trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and, thanks to the Manchester United Foundation, you can join him.
The 10-day trip, which departs from Manchester on Friday 18 October 2013, takes you into Tanzania and Kenya for what promises to be an experience of a lifetime. What’s more, you’ll receive a hero’s welcome upon your return and be paraded on the Old Trafford pitch at half-time during a United match.
Robson knows climbing Kilimanjaro won’t be easy, but insists he’s looking forward to the challenge.
“I remember Ian Botham’s great charity walks – he did John O’Groats to Land’s End once – and I think this will be similarly tough,” he said. “But if you’re going to raise money for charity then it’s got to be a real challenge and not something you can easily do. That’s why climbing one of the tallest mountains in the world appealed to me.
“Hiking in the mountains, with the chance of experiencing a problem with altitude sickness and the general physical demands that come with the trek is going to be an enormous challenge. In a funny way, that appeals to me more than something I know I can definitely do. The most important thing, though, is to complete the challenge and raise as much money for charity that I possibly can.”
Seven of the trek’s 10 days are spent on Kilimanjaro, travelling the Rongai Route, a less touristy path that takes in five distinct ecological zones. You’ll begin with farmland before slowly ascending through rainforest, moorland