Jaxon Krzysik may only be three years old yet he has already made his mark as the youngest person ever to climb three of the highest mountains in Britain!
The young mountaineer has climbed Mount Snowdon in Wales (1085m high), Scafell Pike (England, 978m) and Ben Nevis (Scotland, 1345m). While his father aided him on his way down these mountain climbing expeditions, the toddler managed to walk all the way up by himself.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Mr. Krzysik shared his son’s love for mountain climbing – “He loves his mountains, he loves rocks, he likes climbing on rocks. That’s just what he loves to do, to be honest with you.”
The three year old recently became the talk of the town when he took up the Three Peaks Challenge in memory of his friend, Ralph Rowlands. Ralph passed away at the age of two due to brain damage.
At just two weeks, Ralph was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The condition caused him to be paralysed and inarticulate. Despite this, Jaxon was inspired by his friend’s battle that he had the intention of raising funds for him.
The journey was no doubt difficult for the toddler. “I’m not going to lie, he does complain. When we were on Ben Nevis about 10 minutes in he started saying ‘oh my legs are hurting, I can’t do it, ” said Cal, Jaxon’s father.
“But then after that after he powered through (and) he didn’t complain once,” Cal added. To date, Jaxon has managed to complete 20 hours of walking under his own steam, covering 23 miles and climbing a total of 10,052ft.
Mr. Krzysik was a proud dad when his son conquered the challenge, “what he has done is unbelievable and I’m so proud of him. I can hand-on-heart say I didn’t have to carry him or help him at all. It’s a big challenge for anyone, never mind for a three-year-old.”
“Of course, he found it hard in places and I had to encourage him, but he really enjoyed it, he just loves the mountains. I could not be more chuffed with him.”
As for the beautiful bond of friendship between his son and Ralph, Mr. Krzysik has this to say – “They were like two peas in a pod together. Ralph was all he talked about when he came home some days.”
“It was a unique friendship because Ralph couldn’t speak. They had a connection on a different level.” To this extent, Jaxon was inspired to raise over £800 for Cerebra which is a charity for brain injured children.
Jaxon thinks Ralph is in the sky and he still asks about him all the time – ‘‘He knows what happened and knows we climbed the mountains for Ralph.”
Check out the video below on Jaxon’s adventures!
This heartwarming story of friendship and Jaxon’s empathy in going all out to help a friend in need restores our faith in humanity!
You are definitely one of a kind, Jaxon!
*Featured image taken from The Scotsman