Exhausted Briton takes on 160-storey hotel climb

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Luxury hotels don’t get much higher than this Alide Srihaney, the executive director for global innovation at the Hôtel George V, is often asked to think on her…

Exhausted Briton takes on 160-storey hotel climb

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Luxury hotels don’t get much higher than this

Alide Srihaney, the executive director for global innovation at the Hôtel George V, is often asked to think on her feet.

She is working to become the first wheelchair-bound person to climb the hotel’s 165 floors.

“There are lots of situations I find myself finding myself in which I’m not exactly sure where I stand,” she said, speaking ahead of an attempt to make history.

“I’m not the most agile of people but I need to stay alive.”

Unsurprisingly, it is not easy to climb a luxury hotel like the Hôtel George V, which stands on top of Notre Dame des Sables, the world’s highest street in Seville, Spain.

It is a steep climb but the general consensus of experts is that there is no stopping the mind in its incredible powers.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The hotel is 15 stories off the ground and 470m up the ski lifts

It takes about eight hours to navigate the hotel via cable car. The platform reaches a height of 150m (492ft) before she reaches the cable car – it’s the third part of the ascent that is the most challenging.

“Once you get up here you’ve got some rock to climb over,” Ms Srihaney said.

“It’s just a matter of waiting until it’s safe enough for me to get off,” she added, as she turned over, her sense of humour captured in her voice.

During the journey she will be using her walker.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption She will face many obstacles during the ascent

The grand finale involves climbing 180cm (74 inches) up a stairway with 300kg of extra equipment attached to her frame.

If she makes it, Ms Srihaney says she hopes it will attract wider attention to disability rights, with the added message of diversity.

“We need to talk about this if we want to see change.”

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