North East Wales

Moel Famau: Climber ends peaks challenge in Wales

Alex Staniforth at the summit of Moel Famau Image copyright Jonathan Davies Photographic
Image caption Alex Staniforth at the summit of Moel Famau

An adventurer has climbed the highest point of every UK county after scaling a north Wales peak on Sunday.

Alex Staniforth, 22, from Cheshire, has already tackled Pen-Y-Fan, Fan Foel and Snowdon since starting his series of challenges on 13 May.

He was cheered by 100 people, including his mother Debbie, as he got to the top of Moel Famau, on the Flintshire-Denbighshire border.

He has climbed the equivalent of 13 Mount Everests in the last two months.

He said: "A big thanks for all my friends and supporters from all over north Wales who encouraged me so brilliantly over the past few months and who've been so generous."

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Image caption Moel Famau is the highest hill within the Clwydian Range
Image copyright Alex Staniforth
Image caption Alex Staniforth at Chwarel Y Fan - the highest point in Monmouthshire

Mr Staniforth previously became the youngest person to complete the Three Peaks Challenge and has twice attempted to scale Everest.

He abandoned his last bid to reach the world's highest summit in 2015, after an avalanche left three of his friends dead.

Mr Staniforth's series of climbs was in aid of mental health charity, Young Minds UK, and he has raised £20,000.

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