May 19 2013 Latest news:
Sarah Shaffi, Olympics editor (news)
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The Olympic Flame was carried to the summit of Mount Snowdon on day 11 of the Torch relay.
The Flame travelled up the mountain in a miner’s lantern on the Snowdon Mountain Railway before world renowned mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington took it to the highest point it will reach on the relay.
Sir Chris started his climbing career at Snowdon. He made the first British ascent of the North Wall of the Eiger in 1962 and led the expedition that made the first ascent of the South Face of the Annapurna in 1970.
He went on to lead the successful expedition making the first ascent of the South West Face of Everest in 1975 and then reached the summit of Everest himself in 1985 with a Norwegian expedition.
Speaking after carrying the Torch Sir Chris said: “This was a very special moment for me and it totally exceeded all my expectations.
“I think it’s not only the honour of carrying the Olympic Flame to the top of Snowdon, but also the fact it’s part of a long journey for me which goes back to 1952 when I first started climbing here on Snowdon and spent New Year’s Eve in an empty cafe in the bitter cold.
“So this really is a lovely exercise of passage for me and it was lovely to share it with my fellow climbers and people who love the hills and to feel their warmth and approval.”
Sir Chris was among 125 torchbearers on day 11, who carried the Flame 79.35 miles from Beaumaris to Chester.
In addition to being transported up a mountain, the Flame also travelled by RNLI lifeboat from Beaumaris slipway to the Menai Bridge.
The first torchbearer of the day was 15-year-old Lorna Price from Amlwch, who was nominated for overcoming her visual impairment to compete in karate and gymnastics.
The final torchbearer was 31-year-old jockey Jason Maguire, who won the 2011 Grand National on Ballabriggs.
Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle carried the Flame in Saltney.
Also carrying the Flame was Russian writer Leo Tolstoy’s great-great-grandson Vladimir Tolstoy, 49, from Moscow.
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