Earlier this year Joe H in Year 11 was declared ‘Young Mountaineer of the Year’ by Trail magazine.

Joe (16), who climbed Snowdon when he was five and completed The Welsh 3000s Challenge with a broken hand, was chosen as winner of the 13-16 year old category by a panel of three veteran mountaineers.

The judging panel included leading British rock-climber Leo Houlding, Trail editor Simon Ingram and Bonita Norris, the youngest person to have both climbed Everest and reached the North Pole. Simon Ingram said “For me Joe exemplified a lot of what makes a well-rounded mountaineer: fascination with and appreciation for the landscape, eagerness and true grit! A demonstration of the positivity and self-growth mountains can promote.”

As well as being one of the first three people to receive the title, Joe also won a personalised trophy and a collection of outdoor clothing and equipment. He said “I am really grateful to have been awarded this prize and hope that it will enable me to go higher and further in the future.”

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Photos show Joe in the French Alps – one snow and ice climbing and the other rock climbing.

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