The Snowdon Sunrise Challenge is a charity event organised by Care International UK to raise money, so that they are able to keep helping the world’s poorest people in over 80 countries fight poverty and injustice.
I always wanted to climb Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales at 1085m, so why not do it in the middle of the night to arrive at the top to see the sun rise over Snowdonia National Park and raise some money for charity at the same time. My friends Alex and Robin took part too, so we rented a cabin in the area and planned a whole weekend of activities.
We met the guides just before midnight on Friday, then started our climb on the Llanberis Path (total ascent 980m) shortly after with our headlamps. Even though it was middle of May, it was freezing and windy and the higher we got the more fog would appear, so even with our torches you could just see a few feet ahead. These conditions really made it a hard challenge, something I didn’t expect, but something that made reaching the top even more of an achievement!
We arrived about half an hour before sunrise at the top, but unfortunately the fog wouldn’t clear up, so the nice views would just appear once we were heading down again. That’s when we also finally saw where we were actually climbing before, for example the train tracks which run parallel to the path!
Thanks to everyone who supported us on justgiving.com!!
It was a great challenge and it made me want to do more hiking again. Next year I will take on Scafell in the Lake District (the highest peak in England) and hopefully I can also do Ben Nevis (the highest one in Scotland) soon too.
The challenge was completed at about 7am, but our day was far from over. We had already booked Bounce Below and Zipworld Titan. Bounce Below is basically a trampolining world in old mining caves with huge nets, different levels and slides between them. It is a lot of fun, but after a 6 hour hike not the best idea ;-) The Zipworld Titan in the afternoon was a bit more relaxing, as you just need to be hanging in there and enjoying the ride!
Sunday morning we went to Zipworld Velocity, which has the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe! That’s a great way to start the day and get you going!!
Here’s a short video of us going down the “Big Zipper”:
As we had some time left, we went on a short road trip to Holyhead on Anglesey, an island off the north-west coast of Wales, before heading back to London.
It’s amazing what you can do in just 48h!
Thanks again for all your support!