I went up Snowdon for the first time ten years ago this year.
I was terrified at the thought of it as I'd never been up a before, but I was trying to impress a boy, so I kept my fears to myself! It was only March, and we had a very lazy breakfast before a late start heading off up the Watkin Path, stopping to enjoy our picnic by a pretty waterfall. I was promised a drink at Hafod Eyri, the cafe at the summit, and as we had already drunk everything we had brought with us, the thought of an ice cold drink at the top became more and more attractive the higher up we went!
The track was beautiful, with twists and turns away from the stream, up through valleys of slate and we eventually climbed to the Bwlch y Saethau, a ridge wide enough for me to enjoy the views all around, with lakes and peaks every way I looked (I am not good with exposure, I like a decent space between me and the edge!). After a short break, it didn't seem very far to the top, but the path turned into scree and I don't think I would have made it without someone to pull me up the slippery slope. And then we were at the summit...to find snow everywhere and the cafe closed.
So after a gloat at what we could see of the view, it was a long and thirsty walk back down to the car, and we had left it so late that it was dark by the time we got there! But what a sense of achievement - and it turned out to be the first of many mountains I have climbed since.
I haven't been back up Snowdon yet and I am really looking forward to our group trip on 18th May, to raise funds for Buddy's for children with autism.
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We are planning to take the Llanberis path, as we want everyone to enjoy the day, no matter what their walking experience. It should take us about 6 hours to complete.
For any novices out there, here is what I learned on my underplanned, first mountaineering effort:
Many thanks to for the beautiful photos of the Watkin Path used here.
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