23rd March 2018
On 17th March Natalie and Jo set off early hours to climb Snowden, the tallest mountain in Wales.
The day started with kitting up ready to tackle the gale-force winds and incoming snow which was arriving at midday.
We arrived at the Rhyd-ddu Path ready to set off our journey alongside the railway path… however we mistakenly took a wrong turn and ended up on the moderate to hard path Bwlch Cwm Llan going up the South Ridge, which we didn’t realise till we were on our way back.
We were knocked down a few times by the wind and found ourselves crawling on our hands and knees to stay safer in parts.
With the ridge being so challenging, professional climbers couldn’t get across due to the winds and ice so advised us to turn back at this point as it was not safe to continue.
We felt incredibly proud to have made it that far, and to date it is probably the most physical challenge we have ever been faced with.
The village that the path is situated is called Beddgelert and was such a beautiful village. I recommend to anyone that’s looking to climb Snowden, to visit the village to see the picturesque rivers flowing through the mountains.
Thank you so much to everyone who has made donations, we are humbled by your support and hope to reach our target over the next few weeks.
To date we have raised £390 in aid of Vasculitis UK
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Click here to see the path details and read more about the route we took
Nat Park – Snowdonia
Length – 7.5 miles / 12.2 km
Ascent – 3000 feet / 909 metres
Grade – mod/hard
Start – OS grid reference SH571526
Lat 53.051502 // Long -4.13339