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Daughter, 4, 'one of the youngest' Snowdon scalers - and it only took her FOUR hours; Siena Clifton completed the climb with her family last Monday (August 20) whilst on holiday.

Byline: Alex Boyd

A 4-year-old girl has staked her claim to be one of the youngest scalers of Mount Snowdon as she and her family reached the summit last Monday (August 20).

Despite her age, Siena Clifton,from Cobham, battled against torrential downpours to complete the ascent of the Welsh mountain in the same amount of hours as years since she was born.

Alongside her on the climb was her mum Juliet, 38, dad James, 41 and 1-year-old brother Sebastian, who completed the climb strapped to his dad's back.

Also as part of the team was Juliet's dad, Chris Nabavi, who equally as impressively completed the 1,085m climb at the age of 72, and his partner Sandra Rosier.

"She was fine, I took my Dad and it was quite cute because I was only small when I did it with him so I thought it would be really good to complete the circle and have all three of us up there," said mum of two Juliet, who says that her family have always been walkers.

"She's definitely one of the youngest but we didn't realise, we thought it was just so normal to take her up, she just our little billy goat!"

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The family underwent three days of walking as they enjoyed a brief trip away from their Cobham home.

Due to their love of scenery, the family ascended via the Pyg Track to reach the summit, which also happened to be shortest route.

Siena completed every step herself despite being faced with torrential rain throughout the trip.

"The weather was quite something. We all had waterproofs on but we were still soaked through," said Mrs Clifton.

"We went past so many families who were going back and we did wonder if it was the right thing to."

"However Siena was so determined and didn't moan once, but more importantly she absolutely loved the day."

Mrs Clifton has attributed her daughter's love of walking and hills to many weekends spent up and around Box Hill.

She said: "She has a nice high energy. She goes on long bikes ride and that sort of thing and she just seems happy in the hills and she seems at peace."

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The time away was particular special for Mr and Mrs Clifton, who will see Siena off into her first year at Cobham Free School in September.

"It's just really special," admitted Mrs Clifton. "Because she's starting school it was a lovely way to end the summer."

Siena has aptly described her journey into education as her "next adventure."


Credit: Juliet Clifton

The three generations of walkers, grandfather Chris, mum Juliet and daughter Siena, pose for a photo at the summit

Credit: Juliet Clifton

From L to R: Chris Nabavi, James Clifton (wtih 1 year old Sebastian on the back), Siena Clifton, Sandra Rosier and Juliet Clifton on Mount Snowden

Credit: Juliet Clifton

Siena and her dad Chris examining the summit with her brother Sebastian

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Date:Aug 29, 2018
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