Nathan’s first sum­mit is sweet

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Your View -

Your fea­ture on ‘My first moun­tain’ in­spired me to tell you about Nathan’s first moun­tain.

Nathan is 32 and he has Down’s syn­drome. He lives in Bris­tol and for many years has at­tended a theatre com­pany based there, par­tic­i­pat­ing in work­shops and per­form­ing in plays. They are cur­rently rais­ing money and Nathan wanted to help, so ear­lier this month, along with his mum, mem­bers of the theatre com­pany, lo­cal friends and a moun­tain leader, Nathan climbed Su­gar Loaf in the Bre­con Bea­cons. Hav­ing a moun­tain leader meant that a pace was set ap­pro­pri­ate for ev­ery­one in the group – a huge help when the wind, rain and hail came in!

In so many ways it was Nathan who led the way and as if on cue, as he got to the peak the sun came out. I have climbed Su­gar Loaf many times be­fore, but tak­ing time on a moun­tain and see­ing it through oth­ers’ eyes added a di­men­sion to the walk that took me by sur­prise. We all made spe­cial mem­o­ries that day – and it’s an ex­pe­ri­ence Nathan wants to do again! Hi­lary Davis, Bwlch, Bre­con Bea­cons Hi­lary wins socks

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