ay be only ten years old, but one young hiker has conquered more Scottish mountains than most of us will in a lifetime.
Ben Fleetwood has become a record breaker as the youngest person to climb every one of the 283 peaks in Scotland that stand at more than 3,000ft. With the help of his dad, Ben conquered the so-called Munro mountains, the collection of peaks named after mountaineer Sir Hugh Munro, in a little over three years.
The pint-sized schoolboy from Garnett Bridge, near Kendal in Cumbria, marked the end of his challenge with celebratory photos and by placing a stone at the summit of his final mountain - Ben More on Mull.
'It felt like, wow, he said. 'My friends dont understand what it takes, but Ive learned the secret - you just have to keep on walking. Ben is no stranger to Britains most famous peaks, aged just six he stormed into the record books for completing Cumbrias 214 Wainwright summits.
His proud father, John Fleetwod, said: 'Hes very good at keeping going when were out walking. 'Ive seen him walk his way through several pairs of boots. He walks in them until there are holes in the soles and theyve completely fallen apart.
The Munro peaks all measure over 3,000ft and are named after the 4th Baronet who first included them in an official list of such hills, known as Munros Tables, in 1891.
Bens Munro quest began the day after his sixth birthday, when he climbed the central Highland trio of Beinn na Lap, Chno Dearg and Stob Coire Sgriodain. Despite his 4ft 7in height, he went on to tackle the Inaccessible Pinnacle on the Skye Cuillin Ridge, and completed Ben Lui by climbing ice in its central gully.
Father and son have pushed through 70mph gales, fog and snow that reached Mr Fleetwoods waist, and practically engulfed Ben. Despite the tough conditions, both Ben and his father said they would miss the adventure. DM