Last weekend was a busy one. Sun was shining and the fab weather tricked loads of people into thinking they could tackle the climb in flip flops and jeans. The weather turned at about 2 o’clock, and it turned quickly - as it often does in the mountains. I saw mountain rescue on six separate occasions.
Please make sure you’re properly prepared when hiking, climbing, mountaineering etc. People often dismiss popular mountains as being easy climbs but it’s important to remember that these mountains do kill people - Snowdon alone takes several lives per year.
Mountain rescue say that at least 20% of the calls they receive could be prevented simply by wearing better footwear. You need good walking boots, warm layers and waterproof clothing EVEN when the weather looks perfect.
Stay safe people, be prepared👌⛰
Setting off to Llanberis at 12am after 2 hours sleep 😴 (I am amazed how human I looked so, you are getting the no filter selfie!) Arrived just before 2am to be greeted with strong winds and sheets of rain travelling across the roads. We laughed at our stupidity as we bundled on all our layers and waterproofs. We grouped up and had a de-brief, we were told the chance of seeing the sunrise was 0%, the chance of reaching the summit was about 1%....we had already guessed this as we struggled to hear anyone speak over the wind! 😕 We managed to get to the Halfway House about 4am before the decision was made to head back, the gusts of wind were well over 50mph. If they caught you mid step it was a major balancing act to stay upright on the wet rocks. Back at the car by 5am, still laughing and joking. We will get you next time Snowdon. 😁😍 #snowdon#nighttime#nighttrek#mountain#walking#active#outdoors#adventure#snowdonia#respectmothernature
So yesterday I finally got to stand at the highest point in wales.. and this was my view, cloud!! 😆 clinging on for dear life most of the time trying not to get blown away! Excuse to go again I suppose 🤷🏼♀️😁🌄 #snowdon#snowdonia#wales#snowdonsummit
Ishvara pranidhana/surrendering to a higher source.Today I surrender to the mountain. I'm going on a full day climb off the highest mountain in Wales. I don't know how my body will react with all the extra 'hardware' but I trust my daily practice, my strenght, my companions and my sense of deep connection with my body: if I have to stop I'll stop. And that's ok. I'll cherish the journey even if I don't get to the destination.
'Ishvara pranidhana initiates a sacred shift of perspective that helps us to remember, align with, and receive the joys of being alive" yoga journal
What a 24 hours! Can honestly say it’s probably been the hardest 24 hours of my life!
I’m so proud of everyone in this picture and so lucky to call them my friends. We have all at some point cried, thought of turning back, screamed, felt lost, but we all pushed on and gave it everything. After injury, people getting lost, a RAC callout, hiking boots falling apart up a mountain and nearly a mountain rescue call out, 2 of the team made it to Snowdon. The weather conditions were horrendous and every organised groups were being cancelled. Our two guys carried on but with torrential rain and wind in the dark they had to turn back at the half way point because of safety. It’s hard not to feel defeated but we did accomplish something pretty incredible. #teamtakeahike#teamwork#threepeakschallenge#bennevis#scafellpike#snowdon#national#hikers#hikers