Completing number 8 off my 40 at 40 list – climb Snowdon

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So having previously climbed Scafell pike and Ben Nevis, Snowdon was there to be conquered. So decided before our holiday to Ibiza, we would do this and then had the crazy idea to do all 3 peaks over 3 days.

I put a tweet out as to our plans and Chris (@cragfest) said he would love to join us, as he had done this mountain countless times and would be nice to do one of my 40 at 40 with me.
We drove down to Wales on the Friday night after work, staying in a hotel in Lanryst. It was agreed to meet at the Pen y pass car park at 9.30. The weather was glorious. We had been advised that the car park gets very busy and to get there very early. Due to the weather the car park was full already as was the pass, so parked near the Pyg hotel and walked up.
It’s like blind date meeting people who you regular tweet with. We spotted a man sat on his own and tentatively said ‘chris?’ luckily it was! Introductions and obligatory photo, we were off up the Pyg track to the summit of Snowdon.

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The path is very well defined, but was so incredibly busy. I’ve never been on a hill with so many people! I found it very frustrating as couldn’t get into a stride and a little claustrophobic at times. Chris said soon the path will open up.
The views were breathtaking but despite the glorious weather the summit was shrouded in cloud. The path is not taxing just like being on a giant stair master!! When I heard the rumble of the train knew the summit was not far.

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I’m not sure what came over me, but felt v emotional heading for the summit. Maybe as another thing ticked off my list, thinking of the impending 40 and seeing groups of the Back Up charity carrying people in wheelchairs. The tears on their faces just set me off and makes me feel very lucky.
It was like a queuing system to touch the trig point. But we were there and a quick photo with Trail magazine and a birthday beer in the cafe!

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Unfortunately the summit was still in cloud 😦 just means need to come back and do it again.
We traced our way back and picked up the Miners track for our descent.

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The miners track seemed to go on forever, but it was a lot quieter. Everywhere you looked was just stunning views. Soon the car park was in sight. A cold drink and cake in the cafe was very welcome! But then the realisation to where our car was parked. 3 options, 1) wait for the Sherpa bus 2) hitch 3) walk we decided to walk but seemed longer than the walk up earlier in the day!
So we said our goodbyes, thank you Chris for your company and coming along to join us in completing another thing off my list! Look forward to seeing you again maybe in the lakes 🙂

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So back to the car, drive back to Kendal and get ready for peak no2 Scafell Pike

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