September the 24th myself and 16 other colleagues and 2 children embarked on taking on Snowdon. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Snowdon here is a little bit about the mountain:
“Snowdon (Welsh: Yr Wyddfa, pronounced [ər ˈwɪðva]) is the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 meters (3,560 ft) above sea level, and the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands. It is located in Snowdonia National Park (Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri) in Gwynedd. It is the busiest mountain in the United Kingdom and the third most visited attraction in Wales, with 582,000 people visiting annually. It is designated as a national nature reserve for its rare flora and fauna. The rocks that form Snowdon were produced by volcanoes in the Ordovician period, and the massif has been extensively sculpted by glaciation, forming the pyramidal peak of Snowdon and the arêtes of Crib Goch and Y Lliwedd. The cliff faces on Snowdon, including Clogwyn Du’r Arddu, are significant for rock climbing, and the mountain was used by Edmund Hillary in training for the 1953 ascent of Mount Everest.”
We set off at 6 am to make sure we had a full day of walking ahead of us. Winding around the welsh roads and through the beautiful Welsh towns we arrived just after 8:30 am to embark on our walk. Pulling into the car park, the attendant warned us that the weather at the top was not good. That the wind speed was recording 80 mph. He told us to make a decision at one of the points to see whether we would want to go up to the summit of the mountain. We set off just after looking forward to what lies ahead.
The weather seemed lovely on the first part of the walk, everyone was in high spirits. Stopping every now and again for mini-breaks and to take in the scenery. But as we got further and further up into the mountain the weather drastically changed. The mist descended from the summit and with it, it gave us rain. With the rain and wind lashing against us, some of the group started to fall back and we broke up into little groups or pairings. Some of the groups went ahead and battled the 80mph winds and rain to the summit. Others just couldn’t make it to the summit. I was one of those people. The further you went up the more open you were to the elements, with that and the sheer drop either side of you, it was all a little too much for me and only being small I just couldn’t battle the winds and the rain lashing against my face. I’m gutted because I was only a mile and half from the top. But I just didn’t want to risk being blown about. A lot of the team also made the same choice to turn around as it was just too much.
However, despite the rain and being super cold, we’ve raised a lot of money for Macmillan for this walk and in store too. I’m super proud of everyone who went up and achieved so much and to people in store who have raised money also. We’re an amazing team and we should all be so proud of what we have achieved!
You can still donate to our page if you wish at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamtelford01