The BBC Breakfast host, 41, was among stars including Dani Dyer, 23, who embarked on the gruelling challenge of trekking up Kilimanjaro in aid of Comic Relief last month. At one point during their climb, Love Island winner Dani was overwhelmed by the physical strain as they entered into freezing climes, sobbing: “I’ve never, ever been this cold. My nipples are so hard it hurts.” On the show tonight, the whole group came back together to join presenters Zoe Ball, 48, and David Tennant, 47, to find out how much they had raised through their efforts.
“You really felt the altitude, you cried,” Zoe addressed Dan Walker, recalling the moment she checked in with the star on her BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show.
“Did I?” Dan laughed. “I can’t remember it.”
“Yes, you all cried,” Zoe replied. “How did you push on through?”
“Do you know what? It genuinely is down to the people on stage and Anita [Rani] and Shirley [Ballas] and Osi [Umenyiora] as well,” Dan explained.
“There was just a really beautiful bond between us, right from the first minute we met.
“Most of us just met in Nairobi airport for the first time before we started climbing,” he continued. “From those first days onwards, we got on so well together, we really looked out for each other.”
Making light of the tougher moments of the Kilimanjaro climb, Dan added: “We all had our little wobbles, we all had our little moments where, you know, Dani’s nipples were hard and and all that sort of stuff.”
Dani and her fellow Kilimanjaro trekkers burst into laughter at his cheeky comment.
“But really we only did it because we did it together and that’s what made it so special for all of us, I think,” Dan concluded.
The Kilimanjaro climb ended up raising a staggering £2,004,353 for Comic Relief.
Dan broke down at one point on the trek, which was documented in Kilimanjaro: The Bigger Red Nose Climb earlier this week.
Opening up on the difficulty breathing at high altitude, he could be seen explaining: “It’s like that rock pressing down on my chest.
“Same as you, you just can’t get enough in,” he told Little Mix’s Jade Thirwall, 26. “So everyone’s feeling it.”
When the group moved off to continue the climb, the elevation got the better of the BBC Breakfast star as he put his face in his hands and began to cry.
Later, he said: “Man alive that was tough. I have no memory go going up there. I honestly have no idea where we went or how long it took — so stupid.
“I can feel my entire heartbeat, like in my head,” he added.
“And I feel like I want to puke up every I’ve ever eaten in my entire life.”