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Disability campaigners plan to set world record for climbing Yr Wyddfa in wheelchairs

DISABILITY campaigners are planning to set a world record for climbing Yr Wyddfa in wheelchairs.

The two wheelchair users have spinal muscular atrophy and will take on the challenge of Wales’s highest mountain in all-terrain wheelchairs in June.

Josh Wintersgill is 30 years old and with 19-year-old Maxwell McKnight is planning the record climb up Yr Wyddfa (Mount Snowdon) while raising awareness of the inaccessibility of hiking spots.

Mr Wintersgill is the founder of Able Move, which creates products for wheelchair users, said the challenge was “doable with the right support network around us, which we will have.”

“What I’m trying to do is highlight that with the right equipment people with disabilities can access the outdoors,” Mr Wintersgill said.

Mr Wintersgill has used his powered all-terrain wheelchair to do several climbs but has encountered man-made obstacles such as stiles and kissing gates which make the path inaccessible.

One of his first attempted climbs was Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons but he found that the only pathway was barred to wheelchair users as it had a stile and a locked gate.

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