So when we were asked by friends to climb Mount Snowdon we literally didn't bat an eyelid and jumped straight in with a yes!
Since last year we'd been looking for more excuses to go camping and get outdoors and with this insanely incredible weather, why would we say no?
We'd done a little practice run the month before for my (Jennas) birthday and got used to all our new camping gear and ironed out issues (like not being able to find a gas bottle to fit our stove!) and we felt ready for the weekend.
We decided to leave Bournemouth around 4am on the Friday and we arrived at the campsite around 11am so it gave us plenty of time for a casual drive and stops along the way. The first batch of rain for the weekend was due at 1pm that day so we knew we wanted to beat it and set up before it came powering down. It is worth noting that we've had literally the best summer that i can remember and then this only happened on the weekend we decided to walk up Mount Snowdon.
Chosen by a friend who had been before we stayed at the Snowdon Inn campsite which is at the foot of Snowdon and overlooks the beautiful Llyn y Gadair, Llyn Cwellyn waters. There was a mix of tents and vans on the site and a limited amount of electric hook ups available (we booked ours in advance and i think this is best advised!) and the shower / toilet and washing up blocks were all big and clean enough for a nice weekend of camping.
After a night of chilling and a few drinks (probably not the wisest move) we started our climb at 9:45am and the path start was really close to the campsite so we just left directly from there. Its starts off fairly easy and you start to feel pretty confident about how you are going along but, even though I'm confident most people can do this route if they put their mind to it, it definitely came with some challenging moments.
Neither Carlos or I really do any exercise and i stupidly thought that because i was the dogs so much my legs would be able to take it but i was definitely wrong! The path was very zig zagged which caused mental torment as just as you thought you were heading towards to sumit you'd then be lead the opposite way to weave up the side. I was passed by people young, old, fit and unfit so like i say, its not impossible but definitely more of a challenge than i thoughY (note 2:07mins into the video where i confess that "i'm struggling" ). We took the The Ranger path up Snowdon and then we took the Rhyd Ddu path back down which linked nicely back to the pub!!
I'd taken my GoPro Hero 6 along with us for fun and just to catch a bit of footage. I had taken the full vlogging / microphone set up but the winds were so strong that day i sometimes struggled to stay standing, i don't think any dead mouse would of helped to cover those noises. We also go out HERO 6 with the Karma and full kit and every time i take the camera out with me along with the stick, i forget to take the top piece of the stabiliser kit off the Karma to connect up and use, meaning i carry equipment for no reason! It resulted in the footage not being too smooth with the winds but i think you get the general gist of how i day went. I feel our faces at the end of the video say the most!
If you have any questions about our climb and journey just let us know :)