Sir Ranulph, left, with Vanessa Lawrence, parents Paul and Helen Fryers and Tom

Sir Ranulph, left, with Vanessa Lawrence, parents Paul and Helen Fryers and Tom

The six-year-old boy who conquered all the Lake District’s Wainwright summits was honoured today by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Tom Fryers completed his round of 214 summits last year, putting him in the record books as the youngest ever to bag all the fell tops detailed in Alfred Wainwright’s Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells. He met the 65-year-old adventurer on the first day of the Outdoors Show at Birmingham’s NEC.

Tom, a pupil at Oxspring Primary School, Sheffield, also received a framed map from the Ordnance Survey, main sponsors of the show, detailing some of the Lakeland fells he summited.

The young peakbagger said: “I feel very proud to have met Sir Ranulph Fiennes and I was very excited about it. He is a brilliant explorer and the things he’s done are fantastic. He was able to tell me about some of his amazing adventures.”

Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes has twice attempted Everest and in 2003 ran seven marathons on successive days on seven different continents. He was the first man to reach both the north and south poles by surface means and the first to cross Antarctica on foot.

He famously sawed off his frostbitten fingertips in his garden shed rather than follow the advice of doctors and wait for surgical amputation.

Tom, who almost died at birth because of breathing problems, raised more than £5,000 during his effort for Sheffield Hospitals Charitable Trust and Community Action Nepal. The veteran explorer presented Tom with a signed copy of his book Beyond the Limits.

Ordnance Survey director general and chief executive Vanessa Lawrence said: “Tom’s achievement is outstanding and one in which he should be very proud.

“The Wainwrights are a daunting challenge for anyone, and to have climbed more than 200 peaks by the age six is a remarkable feat. Ordnance Survey is pleased to be celebrating his success and I was delighted to present him with a unique map made especially for him, showing the highest peaks in the Lake District.”