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Ten-year-old becomes youngest Munroist

Posted 30 August 2011
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Ten-year-old becomes youngest Munroist
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A ten-year-old boy has become the youngest Munro 'compleator' after his 283rd ascent of a Scottish peak over 3,000 ft.

Ben Fleetwood from Kendal has now managed the feat at this tender age after climbing the 3,169 ft Ben More on the Isle of Mull.

The youngster has been putting on hiking boots and walking trousers to tackle Munros since the age of six and as well as taking on Scottish mountains, has been enjoying the hills nearer to home where he briefly held the record as the youngest person to climb all 214 Wainwrights in the Lake District.

His father John Fleetwood told the Caledonia Mercury that Ben's first Munro was Beinn na Lap, while his favourites include the Inaccessible Pinnacle, the hardest of the lot as it requires a rope climb to reach the top.

The previous youngest compleator was aged 11.

Although 283 peaks are listed as Munros, this may be reduced to 282 after a recent survey using GPS equipment by G & J Surveys showed Beinn a' Chladheimh stood at 2,998.5 ft, not the previously surveyed 3,005 ft.