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5-Year-Old Amputee Set to Scale Ben Nevis Mountain

    Fresh from conquering Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, a five-year-old lower-limb amputee and his dad set their sights on scaling Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands next. After completing the Snowdon trek, Albie Thomas and his dad made the headlines in November 2021.

     Five-year-old Albie Thomas and his dad are set to scale Ben Nevis.

    Albie became the youngest amputee to scale Snowdon while battling the snow and wind brought on by Storm Arwen. Now, he and his dad are hoping to break another record.

    Scotland’s Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in Great Britain. It has a summit that stands at over 4,410 feet above sea level. In an interview with North Wales Live, Dan said that the height doesn’t put Albie off and that he’s been excited ever since they finished the Snowdon trek. “He won’t ever let his disability stop him from achieving what he wants,” Dan said.

    Besides going to the gym with his dad and swimming, Dan describes his son as “your typical little boy.” Albie was born with fibular hemimelia, a congenital condition that prevented his left lower leg and foot from developing properly. At one year old, Albie’s healthcare team had to amputate that part of his leg.  

    However, his condition has never stopped Albie from being the active little boy that his family loves. 

    Dan has reached out to the Guinness World Records team to observe the challenge officially. Like their Snowdon trek, the Ben Nevis trek will also raise money for charity—this time, proceeds will go to the AMP Camp Tenerife.

    Amp Camp was founded and run by an amputee for amputees. It’s a health, wellness, and fitness program all rolled into a five-star holiday experience. You can donate to their fundraiser here.