Way back in April, the optimistic among us Redwebbers signed up to scale Snowdon – the highest peak in Wales – to raise funds for our charity of the year Dorset Mind.
With the climb set for Saturday 7th September, a summer of buying gear, breaking in boots and fundraising ensued. All too soon, autumn arrived and our group of 18 excitedly (and a little apprehensively) set sat navs for North Wales, ready to camp at the foot of the mountain.
Our ascent begins
Saturday morning dawned with light drizzle and a cold nip in the air. By 9.30am, we were wrapped up warmly in our coats and ready to go. Just 15 minutes later, we arrived at the start of the Rhyd Ddu path, with most of us already shedding our extra layers – a sign of things to come!
Our journey started well, with a fun scramble here and there to keep things interesting. Despite the occasional showers we kept in good spirits, and as legs were beginning to tire around halfway up the mountain, we were rewarded with warm sunshine that revealed Snowdonia’s truly staggering scenery.
Following a pause at Llechog ridge, an exposed shoulder of mountainside with a steep drop, it was time to dig deep for the climb up to the summit. Several nonchalant sheep greeted us as we pushed on up a rough and challenging zigzag – only to be met by Bwlch Main (Welsh for ‘narrow pass’).
A thin, exposed ridge, this was either a moment of pure exhilaration or a true test of nerves for tired Redwebbers. Clambering over the rocks with vast, spectacular views stretching out either side of us, the summit was within touching distance.
We did it!
A truly welcome sight, the summit and its accompanying café came into view – just one last scramble up the rocks and we had achieved our goal, joining a throng of other mountaineers who were at the top of Snowdon.
No amount of photographic evidence can truly do Snowdonia’s beauty justice, and we were very lucky to have the clouds clear just as we reached some of the most stunning parts of the ascent.
Of course, reaching the summit meant we were only halfway, but our descent via the Snowdon Ranger track was mercifully a little easier on the joints than our way up.
We’re very proud to have summited Snowdon in aid of Dorset Mind, with many Redwebbers overcoming challenges of their own along the way. Best of all, we smashed our fundraising target and have raised £2,400 to fund local mental health services.
Well done, everyone!