Joel hits his peak - at the age of just six!

Mini ex­plorer climbs three big­gest moun­tains in Eng­land, Scot­land and Wales

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

A six-year-old moun­tain climber who idolises ad­ven­turer Bear Grylls has scaled the three big­gest peaks in Eng­land, Scot­land and Wales. Joel Oller­ton climbed al l978 m of Scafell Pike in the Lake Dis­trict Na­tional Park, Cum­bria, ear­lier this month, to com­plete his trio of treks.

The Wer­ring­ton Pri­mary pupil, who turns seven on Septem­ber 30, is now look­ing to com­plete the Three Peaks chal­lenge which would see him climb Scafell Pike, Ben Ne­vis in Scot­land and Snow­don in Wales in 24 hours.

If he com­pletes the chal­lenge as as even-year-old, pre­vi­ous me­dia re­ports sug­gest he would equal the record for the youngest per­son ever to do so.

Joel said: “I thought I could climb all of them when I was below seven. Some of my he­roes in­spired me - Bear Grylls and my dad’s fa­ther.”

Joel, who wants to grow up to be like Bear Grylls, had many high­lights from his ad­ven­ture. He said: “I en­joyed the view on Ben Ne­vis be­cause the cloud lifted and I got amaz­ing views .”

Joel also got to camp out overnight with dad An­drew on Scafell Pike. He added: “I love camp­ing out with my dad.”

An­drew and pet col­lie Will joined Joel on all three climbs which he man­aged un­aided.

The first was up Snow­don in Au­gust 2015 when he was just five. For that trip mum Char­lotte (39), brother Toby (four) and sis­ter Lucy (eight) all joined him.

The fam­ily also joined him half-way up Ben Ne­vis be­fore Joel, his friend who is also called Joel, and An­drew com­pleted the jour­ney to the top.

Fa­ther, son and dog Will then scaled Scafell Pike.

An­drew(37) said: “As a fam­ily we have done quite a lot of out­door stuff to­gether which we love. My fa­ther was very keen on the moun­tains. He was a big in­spi­ra­tion for us.”

The Snow­don and Ben Ne­vis climbs were in­cluded as part of fam­ily trips to Scot­land and Wales, and hav­ing man­aged those two Joel was de­ter­mined to com­plete the set.

An­drew said: “Joel wanted to do it be­fore his sev­enth birth­day. It was kind of a birth­day treat.

“I’m proud, par­tic­u­larly be­cause he so en­joys it. We are a Chris­tian fam­ily and there’s some­thing about be­ing in the moun­tains. We talk and pray to­gether and we feel like we­re­ally en­counter God’ s pres­ence.

“It’s a re­ally great way that fa­ther and son can bond.”

There must be some­thing in the fam­ily genes be­cause An­drew’s dad David is un­der­go­ing his own re­mark­able chal­lenge to raise money for Cancer Re­search UK.

The Cardiff res­i­dent has climbed 30 of the 33 recog­nised sum­mits of over 2,000 feet in south Wales while un­der­go­ing batches of gru­elling chemo­ther­apy every three weeks.

The pain is so bad that David can only go trekking on the third week of each chemo­ther­apy cy­cle when he has re­cov­ered enough strength.

Joel Oller­ton on top of Red Screes (Lake Dis­trict)

Joel with brother Toby, sis­ter Lucy, par­ents An­drew and Char­lotte, grand­par­ents Liz and David and dog Will on Fan Fawr (Bre­con Bea­cons, South Wales)

(Top) Joel, An­drew and Will with Joel’s friend (also called Joel on Ben Ne­vis; (Right) Joel on Scafell Pike

“I love camp­ing out with my dad.” Joel Oller­ton

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