Andrew Craig has completed an amazing year of climbing completing 52 walks to the top of Snowdon in Wales.
The 43-year-old firefighter conquered Wales’ highest mountain weekly in 2010 and in doing so raised over £15,000 for cancer research.
Over the post 12 months he’s had to deal with a range of weather conditions including snow, ice, fog, heavy rain and heat, with the latest walks taking the longest time to complete. His path took him from his home in Caernarfon at 5am, then seven miles to Rhyd Ddu before making three, four mile ascents using the Snowdon Ranger path.
The route back was five miles into Llanberis before another seven miles back to Caernarfon.
“Its been hard work but very enjoyable, he said. “I’m glad to have done it. I’ve seen the mountain at its worst and at its best – I started in deep snow and ended it in deep snow, but we’ve had everything in between.”
“Everyone’s been fantastic. Its a big effort and I appreciated the support, especially from my wife, Lynne. This challenge was really her idea.
“One of her best friends died from the disease and another was diagnosed with it a couple of years ago and she suggested we do some fundraising
“The lads at Travis Perkins took on the challenge. During the year we’ve organised some events including dying our hair pink and staging a charity ball.
“But the walks have been the main focus and the lads from work have accompanied me on several. The most inspiring hike was one in early September when I led a group of ladies up the mountain.
“Many of them had never been on Snowdon before and one of them had recovered from breast cancer. There were tears in my eyes that day,” he said.