We conquered Mount Snowdon
On Saturday 30th September, 21 brave colleagues reached for new heights and ventured to the summit of Mount Snowdon (1,085m), looking to raise money for charity. The morning was cold and wet with a brisk wind sweeping the rain across the terrain. As soon as we arrived at the base of the Mountain we knew we'd get wet, but we didn’t let this dampen our spirits.
Getting our hands dirty
As soon as we started climbing, we realised this wasn’t going to be easy, the path was steep and slippery and we had to use our hands to navigate ourselves through some of the steeper crags. Steep mountain passes wove their way into the clouds as far as the eye could see.
The clouds eventually lifted and the rain stopped, allowing our first view of the Mountain. However, by the time we took our hoods down and reached for the sun lotion it started to rain again. With our coats back on and hood strings drawn, we headed higher up into the clouds. We reached Bwlch y Moch (Pass of Pigs) which is a rocky and rough mountain pass towering 500m above the glacial lake Llyn Glaslyn.
Weathering the Snowdon storm
After three hours of challenging weather and steep craggy climbing, we finally ventured on to the Summit saddle. At 100m from the top, the weather got even worse; now we were exposed to the full force of the elements on a ridge no more than 10m wide with nowhere to hide. Despite our aching bodies, the Show Business spirt shone through. With a final push we made it to the Snowdon summit, heading straight into the mountain top café for some much needed warmth and sustenance.
Singing in the rain
After refuelling and changing into some dryer clothes, we headed back out for the obligatory team photo. We also found the energy to sing happy birthday to one of our team, quite literally singing in the rain! We couldn’t hang around as the temperature was already below zero, so we quickly started the descent. After the two hour journey down, the clouds suddenly lifted and the sun came beaming out, just as we reached the doorstep of the pub! At this point we were more than ready for tea and receipt of our medals.
Our chosen charity
While we wanted to challenge ourselves physically and mentally, more importantly we wanted to raise money for charity. The charity chosen was PAPYRUS, the national charity for the prevention of young suicides based here in Cheshire. Papyrus offer a confidential line, staffed by trained professionals providing practical advice, support and information to anyone concerned that someone they know is feeling suicidal. Suicide is the biggest killer of young people – male and female – under 35 in the UK. In 2015, 1,659 young people took their own lives. That equates to over four per day. Every year many thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling. So far we have raised an impressive £2,813.00 but the page is still open so please keep donating. Meanwhile, we'll be planning our next expedition…