If a person had told me 30 weeks ago I’d be at the major of Snowdon in North Wales, with a child bump the size of a watermelon clinging onto my companion in blistering winds I’d have most likely laughed in their faces! But life has a funny way of throwing surprises your way, so there I was – taking my ‘30 week’ Bumpie (Bump Selfie) with extraordinary views and incredibly numb fingers. I’d be lying if I mentioned I wasn’t a tiny unsure about the challenge while pregnant, specifically contemplating how exhaustingly unwell I have been from day 1. Not only that but consuming for two requires its toll and my fitness surely was going to have suffered – combined with the truth that I am a bit of a novice when it comes to hikes and climbs. All in all it seemed like a fairly random and out of the blue activity for me to do.
That becoming mentioned there was some thing that sounded so relaxing about becoming in the middle of nowhere, climbing a mountain and becoming free of charge from any sort of telephone signal or apps, hashtags and reality Television! Nicely, probably relaxing is the incorrect word, but in a way it was the ideal remedy for pregnant boredom, regularly ‘resting up’ and watching endless re-runs of ‘One Born Each Minute’.
As quickly as we crossed the border into North Wales we have been blown away by the landscape. I couldn’t think that I hadn’t been just before or that it had taken us so lengthy to get right here. I’ve under no circumstances noticed so several green rolling hills or cute tiny cottages reminiscent of a children’s story book. The time flew but we’d been driving for practically six hours! We pulled into our hostel – Basecamp Wales and the excitement continued – with beautiful views of Snowdon itself it was the ideal place to get rested just before our impending climb. The owners, a pair of adventurous brothers, went above and beyond and had terrific neighborhood understanding of trekking routes, transport and guidelines to make the ideal of our mini-break. If you are hunting for luxurious extravagance this surely is not for you – but we have been chuffed with our incredibly reasonably priced bunk area, equipped with towels and linen and all about comfort. All rooms had private bathrooms and the totally equipped kitchen was the ideal location for us to make our carb-loading pre-climb feast that evening. We relaxed in the popular region, playing a handful of rounds of pool, reading up on the neighborhood region and chatting to a handful of other guests from far and wide.
The following morning we have been up vibrant and early, and you need to do the exact same – I can’t pressure sufficient how substantially greater it is to get started early for this, most automobile parks are complete by 06:30-7am. Even although we have been at the Pen Y Pass automobile park for 0700hrs we nevertheless missed the final space and ended up parking additional away adding an additional two miles to our trek. It is also important that you have the suitable clothes you do not want to be Bear Grylls but walking boots and comfy waterproof clothes is best. Stock up on water, meals, a very first help kit and some sort of route map for the ultimate protected and thriving knowledge. Be conscious that the fog descends and visibility reduces out of nowhere, at instances we couldn’t see any walkers ahead of us nor exactly where the path was! It is straightforward to go off track and discover oneself in hairy conditions so take your time and most importantly do not wander off the side of a cliff.
We wanted a fair challenge so picked The Pyg Track for some fantastic climbing and terrific views, it took three hours in total to full with a lot of stopping (largely from me). From the off there’s a pretty steep incline with pretty a handful of sections of scrabbling to get to the summit. We have been fortunate to have clear views most of the way and dry skies to encourage us to the major. Our principal challenge was the 30mph winds whipping up the valley producing you cling on tight to the rock for worry of blowing away. When we reached the major the wind speed felt like it had doubled to the point exactly where you couldn’t hear oneself feel and the fog had descended like a scene out of a horror film. But, alas, we had created it, the adrenaline kicked in and took us the final 400 yards to the summit for a fairly terrible photo with absolutely nothing but cloud in the background. Undesirable photo taken, summit reached, time for an overpriced hot drink at the conveniently positioned café.
The humidity of the fog had us slightly wet but otherwise the climate had been fairly sort, however we weren’t so fortunate on our descent. Following a rapid coffee quit we necessary to make headway and get ourselves back down the mountain – figuring it would probably be a lot much more risky going down! We have been a tiny disheartened to step back out into even stronger winds, stinging our faces like ice, and it had officially began raining. The rain only got worse on our way down, the initial climb had been tough but possessing to retrace our actions on rocks that have been now slippery and cold was much more of a challenge than ever. Climbers coming up looked entirely battered and beaten by the climate, and all have been asking ‘Is there far to go?’ as they went passed. We took a unique route back – The Miners Track, supposedly one particular of the a lot easier routes which we believed would be a good relaxing transform for our descent. Nicely, the very first hour was a sheer scrabble down Snowdon, just as difficult as The Pyg Track, the only relief was that when you hit the lakes in the valley it was a pretty straight forward stroll for the final handful of miles back to Pen Y Pass automobile park.
The difficulty for us was the torrential climate we had for the complete journey back, even closing the café and train thanks to higher winds. So arriving back at our automobile with rain filled boots and soaked via to our underwear we enjoyed the hand dryers to bring our extremities back to life. Our feet have been sore, our knees knackered, and my back entirely ruined by the finish but it was an extraordinary knowledge and one particular that most men and women could do, even if you determine to get the scenic train back down. If I can do it when I’m practically prepared to pop then so can you!
The drive back property, stopping only to stuff our faces with quickly meals, was a sweet relief – thank goodness for seat warmers and Welsh radio, which was all we could get for the very first component of our journey. I have under no circumstances been much more satisfied to sit in a automobile for a lengthy journey. I definitely advise you attempt Snowdon at least when in your lifetime if not several instances – pregnant or not you will not be disappointed!
Guidelines for Snowdon:
- Get there early (7am at least)
- Make positive you have transform for parking (£10), the card machine does not often perform
- Do not rely on the train or café to be open in particular climate
- Walking boots are a should!
- Waterproof you telephone/camera – mine hasn’t come back to life however
- Take lots of power snacks!