Sunday, 13 November 2016

Steve Smith completes the Nuttalls

Congratulations to Steve Smith who on the 6th November 2016 completed the Nuttalls on Arenig Fach (SH 820 415) above Llyn Celyn to the west of Y Bala in north Wales. 

Steve was joined on his completion walk by his wife Gina and many friends including Josie Bacon, Simon Bendall, Ayako, Alex Cameron, Adrian Dust, Charles Everett, Jon Glew, Tony Jenkins, Myrddyn Phillips, Adrian Rayner, Anthony Whitehead and Rob Woodall.

Steve and friends celebrating on the summit of Arennig Fach having completed the Nuttalls

The summit celebrations were curtailed due to inclement weather (the wind-blown wet snow proved a bit chilly) and the cake had to wait to be feasted on when we were all safely down from the hill and back at the cars (even then it was still darn right cold).

The Nuttalls are the 2,000ft Mountains of both England and Wales and form one of the main challenges for the hill walker south of the Scottish border.  The list was compiled by John and Anne Nuttall and published by Cicerone Press in a two volume guide entitled The Mountains of England and Wales, volume 1 Wales and The Mountains of England and Wales, volume 2 England is 1989 and 1990 respectively.

There are currently 445 Nuttalls, with 255 in England and 190 in Wales, with the latest addition being Craig Gwaun Taf (SO 005 207) which only entered the list two days before Steve’s completion walk, thankfully he had already visited the hill!

Congratulations to Steve on becoming the latest Nuttall completer.

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