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Sinead set for second Mont Blanc attempt

TV presenter Sinead Desmond is gearing up for her second attempt at scaling Mont Blanc -- after being helicoptered off its slopes last year.

The Ireland AM presenter (36) has revealed how she still has her heart set on conquering the soaring French peak and it is definitely on her 'to do' list for 2010, despite breaking several bones in her foot.

The brunette star, who suffered a brain haemorrhage on the set of the TV3 show in 2008, was helicoptered off the 4,810 mountain hours from the summit after being struck down by altitude sickness.

But she has put the setback behind her and revealed how she is back in training for the gruelling challenge, hoping to raise plenty of cash for charity in the process.

"I'm back in the gym again and I'm looking at doing it in May or August, it all depends on the weather," she explained. "I couldn't train for a few weeks because I injured my foot over in Australia. We were down filming segments for the show and one of the things I tried was sand surfing because I thought it look like great fun. I had a bad fall and because my foot was still strapped in I twisted it quite badly, but I'm definitely on the mend now."

As well as setting her sights on Mont Blanc, she is also planning to climb Ireland's highest mountain, namely Carrantuohill in County Kerry, with a group of super-fit pals.

She has signed up for the Four Peaks Challenge, which starts on June 11 and sees teams of climbers scale the four highest peaks in Ireland over three gruelling days. A charity event, she will also be climbing Mweelrea in Mayo, Slieve Donard in Down and Wicklow's Lugnaquilla as part of the endurance test.

She has clearly not been put off by her previous bad experience. She later said how she was "gutted" not to have completed the climb, which was in aid of Crumlin Children's Hospital.

"Altitude sickness just affects everyone differently," she said.

mfinn@herald.ie


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