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Deaf and blind walker in Ben Nevis first

Written by Fiona July 22 2011

A massive well done to 70-year-old deaf and blind walker Michael Anderson (and dad-in-law of my guest blogger Walking with Fatty), who reached the summit of Ben Nevis yesterday. Michael, a dad-of-three from Larbert, is the first deaf and fully blind climber to reach the top of Britain’s highest mountain. The walk was in aid of the charity DeafBlind Scotland – and marked Michael’s 70th birthday.

Andersons at Altitude team at the summit of Ben Nevis

This was no easy challenge for Michael and his supporting team, Anderson at Altitude. The ascent took almost 18 hours and every step that Michael took had to be guided by his team, including his daughter Fiona, and her partner Nina (aka Walking with Fatty), Arran mountain guide Lucy Wallace and guidebook and Walkhighlands author Phil Turner. Added to his disabilities, Michael also recently recovered from a broken thigh bone.

There was extra drama close to the top of Ben Nevis, too, as two of the supporting team went to the aid of a climber, aged 73, who had become extremely ill on the Ben.

The Ben Nevis challenge team finally made it off the mountain after 10pm last night. So far they have raised £2000 of their £4000 target for DeafBlind Scotland.

Nina will be bring this website a full account when she had had time to sleep and rest her feet for a day or two.

Please sponsor this worthwhile cause at JustGiving.

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