A trio of former soldiers have managed to complete the national Three Peaks challenge at the opposite time of the year to most walkers.
While the challenge is typically taken on in midsummer when the days are lightest and longest, the three men from Cumbria set about Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon to raise £4,600 for Help for Heroes on Christmas Day, the Westmorland Gazette reports.
One of the trio, Darren Slater, told the paper they faced some severe conditions, particularly on Ben Nevis, stating: "It was howling with wind, and the rain was horizontal. The conditions were getting worse and worse."
While most would not give up their Christmas dinner to head for the hills, those enjoying a winter walk may appreciate the importance of winter jackets
and equipment like crampons
Those heading up Snowdon who own a smartphone can get regular updates to help them check they are fully equipped for the challenges ahead, following the launch of a new Twitter service by the national park authority, which is available in both English and Welsh.