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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Woman's 10,000-mile drive to say thanks to Keswick Mountain Rescue Team

A woman who was saved by mountain rescuers is going to thank them by driving 10,000 miles to Mongolia.

Kirsty McMutrie, 27, was on Sharp Edge on Blencathra in November when she fell 80ft and injured her back, shoulders and arms.

Keswick’s mountain rescue team came to her aid, getting her off the hill and to a hospital.

She now plans to raise £2,000 for them by entering the Mongol Rally, which will see her and three friends drive from London to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.

She said one of her fellow drivers had told her about the contest shortly before she had gone on a trip to Argentina.

“I met someone who had done it, and they started talking about it. I texted my friend and said ‘I’m in’.”

It was shortly after this that Kirsty made her fateful trip to Cumbria, where she fell while climbing Blencathra.

She decided afterwards that the rescue team would be a good cause to raise money for.

“I feel grateful for everything,” she said. “I didn’t realise they are all volunteers,”

Her injuries to her tissue and she did not break any bones. She was in bed for three weeks but says it is only recently that she has begun feeling normal again.

Along with her three companions, she will make the 10,000-mile journey in a Nissan Micra.

“We are going to fix it up as well as we can,” she said.

“I have always been into the outdoors and it just seems like a good adventure to take part in.”

They will be receiving lessons on car mechanics before leaving, and Kirsty is confident that the team will be able to find local experts if they are needed.

The toughest part of the rally will come when they hit Kazakhstan and the countries between there and Russia, where the roads are likely to be at their poorest. The journey is expected to take around six weeks.

Kirsty, who lives in Warrington, Cheshire, added that the other three people in the car are close friends.

One lives in Holland, the others in the USA. They call themselves the serenDIPidiots.

She is convinced they will be able to spend a long time together without falling out.

Further details on Kirsty’s efforts can be found at serendipidiots.wordpress.com.

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