Mountain rescuers will help a team of injured servicemen to the top of Wales’s highest mountain to light a jubilee beacon.
Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team and members of the Search and Rescue Dogs Association Wales will make the trip to Snowdon’s summit tomorrow, Monday, where the beacon will be lit at 10.29pm.
The servicemen, from the Walking with the Wounded charity, have returned from an aborted trip to Everest, where thin conditions made the ascent too dangerous to complete.
They will make the trip to Snowdon’s 1,085m (3,560ft) summit from Pen y Pass via the Pyg Track to light the beacon in honour of the Queen’s diamond jubilee. They will then descend with the Llanberis team and Sarda Wales members via the Llanberis path.
The joint venture is in support of the trust set up by the Prince Harry, who is the patron of the Walking with the Wounded campaign and Prince William, who is patron of Mountain Rescue England and Wales.
The Walking with the Wounded team is attempting to raise £8,848 – the same figure as Everest’s height in metres.
A rescuers’ spokesperson said: “The historical links between the conquest of Everest in 1953 and Snowdon are well documented at Pen y Gwryd, the adopted home of the ﬁrst successful ascent of Everest.
“The Llanberis team will represent all of the Welsh mountain rescue teams and proudly wave the ﬂag on their behalf on the summit.”
The rescuers said they also plan to set off some paraflares once the official beacon has been lit.
The Llanberis MRT had a busy May, with 17 callouts. The team was in action early this morning to stretcher a walker down the Pyg Track from Bwlch Moch.