So for months and months and months I had been planning on climbing Snowdon, in North Wales until I got this great urge to just go for it without any worries or hesitations. So I planned to go 7 months ahead. A few weeks into that months I decided I wanted to do it for charity. Since I was younger I had always loved helping peopple. I used to help my mum at my old primary school whilst she baked cakes to raise money for school. I really wanted to get into raising money for charity and now was my chance and I was able to plan everything myself. As I have/do struggle with mental health problems I was very keen to raise the money for Mind. Being able to help people who suffer means so much to me. 1 in 4 people experience mental health issues and those numbers are creeping up as we speak. I just want to help people to get the support and realize they DO have and DO deserve the potential to recover. You are the power of your own actions!
“Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It’s your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy. Don’t let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality — not yours”.
As part of the fundraising process I sent up a ‘Just giving page’ which I advertised around as well as also organizing my own cake sale which were sold at a local social club. I was kindly helped by my mum and a friend on the event. I would like to say a huge huge thank you to everyone who donated and supported me throughout. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without every one of you.
So a week and a half later, the day had arrived!! It came across quicker than ever but I was ready. The journey up to north Wales was incredibly long due to having to go through Birmingham across to Wales and partly because I was so excited and I just wanted to get there as soon as possible so it seemed to take forever. Then finally stopping off at a service station and just our luck, the coffee machine had broken, so there was no soya latte for me unfortunately. We gradually arrived closer to North Wales through the most beautiful scenic route. (I thank the sat nav a hell of a lot for that). Driving through these petite country lanes overlooking the incredible view of greenery and mountains of Wales. As we almost approached the camp site I thought to myself ‘we are not in England, oh my gosh we are not in England’ “WE AREN’T IN ENGLAND” I shouted to Alan as he looked at me like well no of course we aren’t lol. I felt the happiest I could have been because I had actually unintended to but I had ticked something off my bucket list.. which was to travel outside of England. (I knew Wales wasn’t in England but for that moment in time it didn’t quite click).
Awake and ready by 7 am we left the camp site to set off our great adventure. Only a few kilometers down the road and we were already in heaven, with beautiful scenery that would make your heart melt. It was like being in a different world. It was a painting come to life! Before the climb, I didn’t really know what to expect other than it being up hill then when I first looked at Mount Snowdon I was astonished. It was so much higher than all the other little mountains that were scattered around Wales. It was rather daunting looking at it. I was feeling like I wish I had trained a lot more and built up to it.
As we got into the first mile of the climb, I thought this isn’t so bad actually. And throughout the whole climb I felt it was very manageable. I felt like I was on a giant obstacle course as it had various obstructions to get over and around which made it especially exciting as I was constantly occupied. I have to admit I preferred the way up the mountain (even though it was all up hill) compared to the way down. Soon after, we finally we almost reached the top of the cobbled stairs where I took two steps forward and it was as if I had just entered a completely different country. The weather was astonishingly contrasted! The wind was like a beast been caught in a net and the cold was like bitter ice. Shortly after, I rummaged through my bags as quickly as I could to find my hat and gloves. 400 meters higher and we were at the summit!! I couldn’t believe it, we had done it. It has got to be one of the biggest achievement yet!
We went through the Pyg track on the way there and the miners track on the way back (which seemed to take forever. It probably didn’t help that I had been needing the toilet for a few hours either, oops)