After feeling like I have not achieved anything within the last 7 months of 2017, I decided to make a change.
Something I have always wanted to do was climb a mountain but I have either been too lazy, the opportunity has not occurred or I have not had the right person to do this with. This time, I have been lucky.
My other half and I have traveled to Wales to see his parents for a little break away. These last 4 days have been bliss. Completely helped me relax and take my mind off the stress of my daily life. Little did I know that this time at Wales I would be climbing Snowdon.
After we agreed to climb Snowdon, we had to buy me some suitable trousers for walking up in and after a good night sleep, we set off on our journey!
Gareth and I decided to take the Snowdon Ranger path up which later I found out it was not the easiest to climb.
This might have been a challenge for me but my god, it was so worth it for the beautiful views. They changed each time we stopped as you could see from a different height and it was beautiful. With being a lazy human, hiking a mountain was not the best thing for me to do as my cardio is terrible but fear not! I persevered with frequent stops every time I couldn’t breathe.
From the map at the start point, there is a few zig zags which meant this was all up hill. By the time we reached the top of that little climb up, I was tired and wanted to go home already. Just from the top of that little climb, the views were already beautiful.
Shortly after these photographs were taken, it was the easy straight part for a while which helped me have the time to catch my breath and feel at ease with the next big climb to come.
Not that you can see the path we took up but starting from the left of this ‘hill’ and to the top was our next challenge. What I hated most was the fact it was all rocks and I didn’t feel stable even though I have a medically trained boyfriend.
With how steep this next part was and how unstable I felt, this affected my anxiety and I had to keep stopping. I am afraid of heights but knowing Gareth was there with me, its very comforting because I know he wouldn’t let anything happen to me. I could have a full blown panic attack and he would do everything in his power to make sure I was safe and would calm me now. I had waves of anxiety but the fact I was achieving something I was so proud of, it helped calm me.
I couldn’t get over how beautiful these views were and we weren’t anywhere near the top at this point. From this point onward it was all up and some points were really steep but I was motivated to reach the top.
We stopped to have lunch and this is what we stared at. I couldn’t get over how high up we were and how far we had come. Gareth was telling me where everything was and showing me where we had already visited and behind us, you could see where was started and it was so tiny.
We were so close to the top now and reaching the top was the most spectacular view going. I was speechless because of the views and the fact we had done this challenge. I was so proud of myself since I don’t regular exercise and I don’t really like walking.
A year ago today, if someone told me I would be climbing Snowdon, I would laugh at them and tell them they are joking. So here I am, writing about my experience, very sunburnt and very proud of myself since I am very lazy person.
Until next time, Lauren x