The best laid plans never run smooth when the British weather is involved. I've tried to climb two of the three highest peaks in the UK and on both hikes the weather has been dreadful! Apparently you do get nice weather and good views from Ben Nevis and Snowdon but you'd have to Google them.
But that isn't the point; we got outside, we got soaked, we had a laugh and we all came back safely. My friend, Tatum, and I met up with a great bunch of ladies who listen to a podcast called Tough Girl Challenges. Their support really helped during my marathon training earlier this year and hearing about other great adventures is always inspiring - you can check it out here: toughgirlchallenges.com
The first casualty was the tent, even after a practice camp in Tatum's back garden we decided with the wild weather a weekend would be more enjoyable in a hut. Huge thanks to Ellen Piercy and her mountaineering club who let us stay at their hut. It was a great feeling to lie cosy in my sleeping bag listening to the wild weather outside!
Second casualty the summit attempt on Snowdon as it simply wasn't safe. The winds were gusting 50-60mph and the route planned would have been exposed to these. Instead we hiked up the adjacent valley to a viewpoint where we might have seen the lake Llyn Cwellyn if the cloud hadn't been so low. We did get a lovely view of the Valley and Llyn Paris and Llyn Padarn on the way back down.
Third casualty was the wild swimming - we were wet enough without getting in the water we decided to give it a miss and head back early. We stopped near Chester and got a massive, well deserved burger and caught the end of the Rio women's triathlon - well done Vicky Holland, what a finish.
In an effort to encourage more people outside in I thought I'd list the costs associated with our micro adventure. If I'd been more organise I probably could have got the food costs down but man the burger was worth it!
£25 train to Bristol
£20 dinner on the way home and a coffee for the last leg
£30 for petrol (approximately)