Nine-year-old boy to become youngest person to bag all 282 Munros

A nine-year-old boy is to become the youngest person to bag all 282 Scottish Munros this weekend.

Daniel Smith started walking when he was three and at six tackled his first Munro.

This weekend, he will complete his final challenge at Glen Lyon in Perthshire.

Last year, Ben Fleetwood from Cumbria became the youngest person to scale all the Munros, which are peaks above 3000 feet, aged ten. But Daniel is hoping to take his crown from him.

The nine-year-old has completed every walk with his father, Mark, sometimes as part of a group. He started out walking in the Campsie Fells near his Glasgow home and has not looked back.

Daniel said: “When I went up the Campsies I always ran up and that was when I was three and my dad was very impressed and said I should do the Munros when I'm older.

“We’ve had some real adventures and met some amazing people. I get to spend time with my dad and I sometimes get lovely views. I just think about getting to the top and how my dad is doing in front of me and if he’s okay breaking the trail for me on the hills.”

One the pair complete their challenge on Sunday, the next landmark for Daniel will be Kilimanjaro, which he plans on tackling in 2015.

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