Last month, six members of staff set off for Mt. Snowdon in their bid to raise £750 for our charitable partner, The Honeypot Children's Charity. Michelle Lloyd tells us how they got on. Our alarms were set for 5:00am on the Saturday morning so we were ready to leave Lichfield at 6:00am and start the long journey to Snowdon.
As the sun started to come up en-route the weather looked promising – clear blue skies, a few clouds and the sun was shining. Even when we hit Wales the weather held up and our spirits were high. However, as Snowdonia Park appeared on the horizon our spirits were soon dampened by the dark low clouds covering them and all we could do was hope that the sun would break through as the morning went on.
We got to the foot of Mt Snowdon at 8:45am and, within 10 minutes of being out of the car, were soaking wet and being battered by the wind. Unfortunately we had a little wait for one of our team members who got held up in traffic. When we finally set off at 10:00am, we looked like we’d walked up and down the mountain once already!
We set off at a quick pace to try and make up some time; persevering whilst the wind and rain tried to push us back. The walk was hard and after just over a mile, the blustery conditions started to aggravate my asthma. I was struggling to breathe and having to continuously take my inhaler. I tried to continue with Mandi and Keeshak helping me but it soon became clear to me and the rest of the team that I wasn’t going to be able to continue without putting myself at risk. I sadly took the decision to turn back and waved goodbye to the others as I headed back down.
However, Ellen, Mandi, Keeshak, Louise and David continued on their walk, braving the elements and determined to make it the top.
The rain, wind and cloud cover made it really difficult for them to see where they were going and at one point they missed the path and went off route! This meant they were faced with an almost vertical climb to get themselves back on track. Determined not to be defeated they started to pull themselves up the mountain by scrambling back up to the path. The climb was tough and defeated two more of the team who had to turn back, dismayed at having got so close.
This left just Ellen, Mandi and Keeshak to complete the challenge, would they complete it? Could they continue to fight the elements which had only got worse the higher they got?
With great determination and team spirit, the three remaining team members made it to the top in just under three hours. They took a few photos at the top and warmed up with a well deserved hot drink in the café before heading back down.
By the time we met up again in the car park the weather had vastly improved – it’s always the way when walking in the hills! We congratulated the team on a job well done, said our goodbyes and headed home to a nice warm bath!
All in all, the climb was hard, harder than any of us anticipated and the weather was against us from the beginning but three of the team made it to the top and we managed to raise a fantastic £805 The Honeypot Children’s Charity.
Would we do it again? Yes of course! Some of us have refused to be beaten and would love to attempt the climb again next year in the summer months – maybe taking a different path and sticking to it this time!