Last Saturday, 24 June, I fulfilled my ambition of climbing Yr Wyddfa, (Snowdon) for the very first time. The weather left much to be desired, becoming increasingly wet and windy during our climb. As you will see from the pictures we had very heavy cloud cover for the duration of our time on the mountain. The first half of the climb was about what I had been expecting, steep in parts but manageable. The second half, with its uneven, rocky terrain, I found particularly tough going. Frequent breaks on my part became more and more necessary as we scrambled and clambered our way over steep slippery rocks towards the summit. By this time I had developed jelly legs and even the muscles I didn’t know I owned until Saturday’s trip were ganging up on me in protest. Had I not benefited from the patience and encouragement of Barry, Sophie and Jamie, I may well have fallen short of my goal. Their company, along with thoughts of what the people we will be supporting with funds raised from this climb have been obliged to endure, proved sufficient motivation for me to keep going.
It had always been our intention to catch the train down from the summit. Imagine my horror when I learned that the train service from the top had been suspended due to adverse weather conditions! 😅 We had no option but to retrace our steps. On arriving at Clogwyn station, which is situated about a quarter of the way down, we were delighted and relieved to discover that the train service was still running from there to the bottom of the mountain. I can honestly say that I’ve never in my entire life been so overjoyed to board a train!!!
Four days later and I’m recovering nicely from Saturday’s adventure. Whisper it quietly but my thoughts are already beginning to turn towards a suitable challenge for 2024, health permitting.
Meanwhile, if any of you would like to add to my current total which stands at £245, please feel free to use the following options:
For PayPal or Card Donations, visit https://pay.rrym.uk Or for our NatWest charity Bank Account: 71053743, Sort code: 51-61-14.
Thanks to Julie, Jenny, sophie and Caroline for donating since my last update. I will publish a full list of donors along with the final total in a few days’ time.