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To the Top !

Having parked the car at Llanberis, we got into our boots, and with backpacks secured, set off on our attempt to reach the summit of Mt Snowdon (1085 metres). It was approximately 8.30am on a Saturday in early July.

We had arrived in Wales on the previous day in brilliant sunshine, but this day the weather was very disappointing, with mist which soon turned to drizzle and then rain, and we were very soon donning our waterproofs. We certainly didn’t need our cameras for the spectacular views we were hoping for!Despite the weather the route was very busy, even with people coming in the opposite direction at this early hour (very impressive).

Having not attempted anything as ambitious before we had been given lots of advice – ‘Take is easy to start with, have lots of breaks, take plenty of food and drink’ etc. The Llanberis path is the most gradual, but longest, route to the summit (9 miles round trip) but even so has some quite steep sections. The Snowdon Mountain Railway uses this route and we did have the added interest of the train going up and down and at times and me wishing I was on it!

The weather wasn’t conducive to pausing to sit and have a snack and drink whilst admiring the view (what view!) so we just kept trudging on. My walking companion had more stamina than I because she kept disappearing into the mist, and I will own up to thinking at one point, after a particularly steep stretch, I doubted my ability to complete the climb. However, I just gave myself a good talking-to and trudged on. I should add here that neither of us are spring chickens and all the other walkers overtook us on the way up and on the way down.

After nearly three hours we realised we were approaching the top, not because we could see it, but a chilly wind began to blow, and the ground evened out a bit. When the summit came into view it was a surprise to see all the other climbers queuing to get to the Spot Height, which sits at the top of a small peak, to have their photos taken. Of course, we had to do the same before we started our descent.

The whole exercise took us about five hours – three up and two down and, although we were wet through, I was so glad that I didn’t give up and so pleased with myself that I got to the top. The aching muscles were certainly worth it even though it took a few days to feel ‘normal’ again.

Both of us said that we would like to do it again and perhaps try a different track next time. We will certainly have learned some useful lessons from our first attempt.

And wouldn’t you know it – the next morning the sun was blazing out of a clear blue sky!

Ruth Finister

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On mountains........

“ It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that ware you out,

it’s the pebble in your shoe. ”

Muhammad Ali


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