As part of the fundraising for Project Ghana 2015, the young people challenge was to climb the highest mountain in the British Isles, Mount Snowdon. Snowdon is 1058m tall, and we chose to trek the longest route(!), which is called measuring ‘Llanberis’. We left sunny Birmingham at 7am, piling into a minibus with our rucksacks, walking boots, lunch (and even umbrellas). Some of the group had done the Duke of Edinburgh Award and had come prepared with water proofs, tea flasks and walking boots, some of the group had jeans (not any jeans but their best jeans) Nike trainers and no waterproofs a right mix of young people.
When we arrived at Snowdon the weather was not on our side as it was raining, windy and then hailstones and snow (typical Welsh weather!!), but the team spirits were high and we were off! When we reached the half way point we had taken only 100 selfies. We stopped for a hot cup of tea and a bite of lunch and we were back on our way, sharing sweets to keep our sugar levels up. By this point our visibility was down to just 10 yards – this helped as it meant we stopped stopping to take photos(!), but it meant that we could not enjoy the beautiful scenery that Mount Snowdon is famous for.
We reached the summit in 4 hours exactly, just as the guide book had predicted. With the wind, rain, snow and the summit café being closed, we did not stay long at the summit and with the temperature dropping we started our descent. On the way down we split into two groups, ‘fast’ and ‘very fast’.
We descended in only 2 hours, motivated by the thought of fish, chips and mushy peas at the café in Llanberis village centre. Most of the young people had brought their own food, but we all had to stop to warm up our fingers and toes ready for the long drive back to Birmingham!
A wonderful day and with a considerable amount of money raised (we’re still waiting on the final total) for Project Ghana. I would like to thank Adill from Concord Youth Centre, for the loan of the minibus at such short notice, Sarah and Jessica, for their great company and local knowledge (read Jessica’s blog here) and Umar for his expert knowledge of Mount Snowdon! Last and by no means least, than you to the great young people that came and climbed Snowdon and their sponsors who have helped us to raise funds for our Project.