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Paralympic torch to be lit at mountain tops

Posted 22 August 2012
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Paralympic torch to be lit at mountain tops
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Groups of scouts will be putting on their walking boots and climbing the highest mountains in each of the four parts of the United Kingdom today (August 22nd).

They will be carrying the Paralympic flame to the top of Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Northern Ireland's highest peak, Slieve Donard.

Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee Lord Coe said: "By creating the four flames through human endeavour at the four highest peaks in the UK we will ensure that the spirit of each home nation is represented in the Paralympic Flame."

It is not the first time an Oympian flame has ventured up one of the mountains, with the Olympic torch relay earlier in the summer including a ride on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, before mountaineer Chris Bonnington raise the torch on the summit.

People planning to complete the Three Peaks Challenge next year might wish to extend it further by crossing over to Ulster and adding in Slieve Donard, which stands at 2,789 ft.

Some could take matters even further by including Snaefell on the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland's highest peak, Carrauntoohill, in the list.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801433813-ADNFCR