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Six-year-old completes three peaks

Posted 2 November 2011
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Six-year-old completes three peaks
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A boy has completed climbs of the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales … at the age of six.

Jack Anderson from Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire has the trio of summits - Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis - under his belt among a collection of 15 peaks he has already conquered, the Yorkshire Post reports.

And when it comes to putting on his walking trousers and heading for the hills, even dad Patrick is often left struggling to keep up with his energetic son.

Jack's mother Josephine told the paper the father and son soon learned that they needed the right outdoor clothing after wintry weather forced the abandonment of an attempt to climb Skiddaw in January when the youngster was just five.

"After about two hours walking it became evident that both were unprepared," she noted, but they returned to make a successful climb three weeks later with warm clothing and sunglasses.

Skiddaw is the fourth highest mountain in England at 3,054 ft, whereas Scafell Pike is 3,210 ft.