Okay so maybe “failed” is the wrong thing to say. I managed to climb to the summit of Snowdon on Friday in just under two hours and forty minutes. Not bad for someone who was on crutches at the beginning of the year!
Sunday wasn’t quite so successful for a number of reasons. I was tired; it took an hour and a half to reach half way house! The weather was rubbish and closed in rapidly, and with Kilimanjaro just a couple of weeks away I thought I should probably play it safe. Still I made it to halfway and despite it being a struggle, I’m happy with that.
Snowdon did however uphold the long standing tradition of having shitty weather and not being be able to see a flipping thing!
As promised, some photos…mainly me pulling silly faces and cloud.
Not sure whether this is such a good idea or not being so close to the “main event”, but I’ve decided to go back to Snowdon and climb to the summit again!
I’ll be walking the same route as a few weeks back – the Llanberis Route – but this time I’m doing it twice!
You never climb the same mountain twice, not even in memory. Memory rebuilds the mountain, changes the weather, retells the jokes, remakes all the moves
The plan – leave early Thursday morning, get stuck in traffic, reach Llanberis late morning and then set off for the summit. Once I’ve climbed back down it’s a short drive to my hotel for the night and then up reasonably early the next morning to do it all over again!
Why the same route again? It’s one of the routes with the biggest ascent – 975m – while not being too dangerous in dodgy weather like the Watkin path.
Why twice? I thought it would be a good test and not too dissimilar to the experience of climbing Kilimanjaro – day after day of walking up hill. Should be a good test of my leg strength and my achilles come to think about it!
Anyway, photos and more ramblings from me during or, more likely, after the climbs!
Wish me luck!
I can now check Snowdon off the list of mountains climbed!
A very grey, cloudy and chilly Saturday saw a fairly tough plod up the Llanberis path to the summit of Snowdon. I’ve been told that the views along this route are really quite something…I cannot verify this though as right from the start we were walking up into the clouds with visibility not offering anything more than a few tens’ of metres in any direction!
Despite the rubbish visibility and the occasional rain shower it was an enjoyable walk mostyl thanks to the company along the way – Sarah, Margaret (who I climb Kilimanjaro with in August), Lee (Margarets son), Fiona and Dali (Lees friends). Without the banter from this lot I can imagine the walk being a lot tougher!
All in all, a great days training for August – I’m happy enough that I managed the 1000m climb without too much effort and without suffering any aches or pains. That said I have been attacked by a mosquito (maybe more than one) and can count 16 bites on my legs…that’ll learn me for wearing shorts!
Another shameless reminder for donations to my JustGiving page for Tommy’s; it really is an amazing charity helping many people in many different ways suffering very tragic circumstances.
Here are a few photos from the day; apologies as many look the same but I promise they are from different view points along the way!
This time tomorrow (Saturday) I hope to be well on my way up to Snowdon’s summit!
I’m joining a few others, including Sarah and Margaret who I’m climbing Kilimanjaro with, and staying overnight on Friday in a little hotel in Blaenau Ffestiniog about 40 minutes away from Snowdon.
Early Saturday morning we’ll depart to start our hike up the Watkins path and a few hours later we should reach the summit – weather permitting! (Latest Snowdon weather forecast can be found here – Snowdon Weather)
The Llanberis Path
Also known as the Tourist path, the Llanberis path, although not the shortest, is thought of as one of the ‘easiest’ of all the routes up Snowdon as it is the most gradual climb.
- Length – 9.0 miles / 14.6 km
- Ascent – 3300 feet / 1000 metres
- Duration – Approx 5 – 6 hours