Why Jason’s job has a lot of ups and downs

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MOST people don’t achieve the feat of climbing a mountain in their lifetime.

But Halifax-born Jason Taylor has climbed Helvellyn over 100 times in the past year.

The former Crossley Heath School pupil scales the 3,117ft peak in the Lake District seven days a week for his winter job as fell-top assessor.

He collects weather reports for the Lake District weatherline and alternates weekly with a colleague.

A trip up and down the mountain takes four hours.

“It’s like any job really. You just get used to it”, said the fell fanatic.

Jason’s interest in the outdoors was sparked after a school trip to Snowdonia at the age of 12.

“That was when the seed was sown,” he said. “I love being in the outdoors and in the mountains. I really enjoyed growing up in Halifax. It was great being surrounded by countryside.”

Jason, who has also climbed Ben Nevis, grew up in Savile Park and moved to Copley at the age of 10.

He studied geology at Leicester University and was a tour guide in various countries for 10 years before moving to the Lake District.

He became a fell top assessor last year during the harshest weather the area had seen for 25 years. “The snow was waist-deep at times,” he said.

“If weather conditions are extreme we can turn back.

“There were 50mph winds with gusts up to 80mph. That’s strong enough to uproot trees.”

Jason has also braved conditions of -20C.

He added: “When it’s a beautiful sunny day and you’re surrounded by fells covered with snow there’s nothing like it.”

Jason also has a guiding company called Lake District Guiding.

For more information visit www.lake-district- guiding.co.uk

juliette.bains@halifaxcourier.co.uk