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Proud Co Down dad on a high as Jules youngest at 11 to conquer Matterhorn

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Jules with the Matterhorn in background

Jules with the Matterhorn in background

Jules scaling the 14,692ft Swiss mountain

Jules scaling the 14,692ft Swiss mountain

Jules scaling the 14,692ft Swiss mountain

Jules scaling the 14,692ft Swiss mountain

Jules with the Matterhorn in background

A man from Northern Ireland has told of his pride after his 11-year-old son became the youngest person to climb the Matterhorn, one of the world's most formidable mountains.

Chris Molyneaux's youngest son Jules hit the 14,692 feet summit alongside his father in around four hours last Wednesday, July 8, and is already planning an assault on another challenging Swiss peak, the Eiger.

The 43-year-old told the Belfast Telegraph how the preparatory school pupil spent most of the lockdown building up his fitness so as to be allowed to try the complex climb, which is usually reserved for the over-16s.