Standing at 1,085 meters above sea level, Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales. Located in the northern part of Snowdonia National Park, it is the busiest mountain in the UK and Wales’s third most visited attraction.
The rare flora and fauna that inhabit this environment have led to it being designated a national nature reserve, and rare plants such as the Snowdon Lilly are only found in this area in the UK.
No stranger to Snowdon
Our director, John Balagué is no stranger to the trials and tribulations of Snowdon, having climbed it three times before this attempt. However, he still did plenty of training prior to the day and was walking up to 15,000 steps a day the week before the climb. John had chosen the NSPCC as the charity he was going to do the climb for. The NSPCC is a charity that fights to protect children who are unable to protect themselves. Not only from physical abuse and neglect but more and more from emotional abuse. The charity’s helpline receives the equivalent of twenty-seven calls a day reporting the emotional abuse of a child, an increase of 200% over the past seven years.
So, on a damp and drizzly Sunday morning in October, John was joined at the foot of Snowdon by his Brother in Law, ready for the climb. John was supposed to be making the climb with his sister, but unfortunately, she fell ill the morning of the walk, so her husband stepped in in her place to keep John company, with no training and a bad knee! This may not have turned out as well as John expected!
They joined another party of climbers and started on their trek, taking it slowly and carefully as the damp conditions made for slippery walking. The first steep section was the hardest part of the climb, but once they had broken the back of it, the boys got a second wind and climbed onwards and upwards with surprising ease, admiring the glorious scenery Snowdon has to offer. After a surprisingly quick two hours and ten minutes, they had reached the summit! The weather at the peak was atrocious. 60mph winds and the damp made climbing perilous, but it was worth it. John was desperate not to let down the charity or the people that had supported him and so kindly donated money. A feeling of triumph spread throughout the group that they have tackled the gruelling climb in less than friendly conditions and celebrated with a quick rest and refuelling in the summit café. As the weather conditions started to worsen, the boys started their descent, and within two hours, they were back down at the foot of the mountain, relieved to have completed the climb with no mishaps.
John felt triumphant. He had raised money for a very deserving charity, and much to his surprise was feeling no pain – yet! So far John has raised £175.00; 70% of his target of £250, so if you would like to show both John and NSPCC your support, please visit his Just Giving page and donate whatever you can to this very worthwhile cause. John would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has sponsored him and encouraged him in his efforts.