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Climber completes 52-week Snowdon challenge

Andrew Craig

Climber's Snowdon challenge

Despite two of the toughest winters in recent times, Andrew Craig has completed a charity challenge to climb Snowdon every week in 2010.

Andrew, manager of builders' merchant Travis Perkins in Caernarfon and a retained firefighter, did the last fund-raising climb for Breast Cancer Campaign on Thursday, 30 December.

"It's been difficult," he admitted. "I've had to use crampons and ice axes on some occasions.

"Last week we were waist-high in snow. That was the hardest, with the drifts. I've been in white-outs. It's been quite an eventful year."

Andrew does a different challenge through his work every year and it was at Christmas 2009 that his wife suggested he climb Snowdon every week in 2010.

"The next day I went into work and they set up a website for me," said Andrew. "When I came home and told my wife it was all set up she said 'I was only joking'."

Andrew and his wife Lynne wanted to support the breast cancer charity because their son's godmother died of the disease.

Families

"Another close friend was diagnosed about two years ago. She's come through it, thankfully. But I think it affects all families and it's a really worthy cause," Andrew said.

With all that climbing practice, Andrew says he can ascend Snowdon on his own in 60 to 90 minutes and get back down in about an hour and 40 minutes.

But he has frequently been joined by fellow fundraisers.

"I took a group of about 20 people from Manchester. That took about eight hours, but they raised over £1,400 for us," he said.

"There's only one occasion I've had to turn back and that was with Caernarfon Boxing Club. We reached Clogwyn and the winds were literally blowing us off our feet."

Andrew originally hoped to raise about £1,000, but the final sum will be nearer £15,000.




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