James, Brian and I at Pen-Y-Fan Summit

James, Brian and me at the misty Pen-Y-Fan Summit

Ever since doing my very first mountain hiking up Mount Snowdow, North Wales,  in July/15 I felt compelled to hike again and so Brian surprised me by organising a trip for my birthday.

There is something very inspiring about hiking up high places and the challenge of pushing oneself physically. After climbing Mount Snowdon I felt a great sense of accomplishment, exhilaration and gratitude to be alive… although half way up I was already regretting it and thinking of excuses to turn around and give up. read more

Me at Mount Snowdon - a mountaineer in the make

Me at Mount Snowdon – a mountaineer in the make

I have never climbed a mountain before, never mind climbing the highest one in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands, but one can argue that if you are going to start climbing mountains why not start with the highest? (although the Himalayas usually is what springs to mind when we talk about high mountains to climb and maybe one day I will get there). Snowdon has been on my bucket list for ages and it has became even more appealing since my son climbed it last year with his girlfriend Meghan and loved it. From their account it did not sound like an impossible feat for an unfit couple like Brian and I, but let’s just say that I had totally underestimated how hard it was going to be for me. read more

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