With various degrees of training, 22 of us donned our walking boots on a sunny May morning with backpacks filled and excitement and nerves in the air. We had made a group decision to take the Pyg track up, which is the most challenging Snowdon path. It is notorious for having sections of loose rubble, and what we hadn’t bargained for was crawling/climbing on all fours for part of the way. The views on route were absolutely breathtaking. And the encouragement from our great guides and others who were already on their way down kept us all motivated and excited to reach the summit.
When we finally reached the top, we were freezing cold and surrounded by clouds. It was a mystical, magical moment and worth every step - we literally felt on top of the world!
Of course, what goes up must come down and after a few photos is was time to start the steep descent. A few were tempted by the train but the rest of us soon talked them out of it.
Despite the aching legs, blisters and weather beaten faces, we all felt a great sense of achievement once we reached the bottom. A cold glass of cider also kept spirits high!
A lot of us agreed our Snowdon experience was a fair bit harder than we had expected, and some of us really should have trained more beforehand. But none of it mattered as we raised our glasses to having raised over £5,000 for Shooting Star Chase, a hospice for children with life limiting conditions. Naturally, our next big team charity challenge has to go a step further. So look out Ben Nevis.
We're coming for you in 2015!