May 29 2012
The Olympic torch has been carried to the top of the tallest mountain in England and Wales by one of the nation's best-loved mountaineers.
Sir Chris Bonington, 77, took the flame up to the summit of Snowdon in Gwynedd, North Wales, after starting his career on the 3,560ft (1,085m) mountain in 1951, when he was just 16.
He said that despite climbing Snowdon many times, this was the first time he had ever reached the top using the Snowdon Mountain Railway.
Following the train ride, Sir Chris walked the torch to the summit, posed for pictures and signed autographs for the crowds which had gathered there in the sun.
An emotional Sir Chris, who has also climbed Mount Everest and the Eiger and was knighted in 1996 for his services to mountaineering, said taking part in the relay was "a special moment".
After reaching the mountain's summit, the flame then crossed from the Happy Valley to the Great Orme summit on the Great Orme Cable Car.
The relay's 11th day had started earlier on Anglesey as a convoy of four RNLI lifeboats helped carry the flame up the water which separates the island from mainland Wales.
Racing against the stopwatch to get from their boathouse to the pier at Menai bridge in 15 minutes, the crews managed to make it to the finishing line on time.
They were escorted from the air by an RAF Sea King rescue helicopter and an RAF Hawk jet.
Speaking after the torch had been successfully dropped off at the bridge, deputy division inspector for the RNLI in Wales and the Isle of Man, Matt Crofts, said it had been a "prestigious honour" to transport the torch.