November 27, 2018
My legs burned and shook taking the last few steps up to Snowdon. Whether it was from the 3,560 foot hike or -4 c temperatures biting us at the summit, I was too tired to notice. This 5 hour adventure was more challenging, mentally, than I expected. Many times I questioned whether we’d make it to the top, whether we should turn back because the light was already starting to go, whether my hip would let me down as it had done before, but none of these excuses stopped us. Ill prepared, tired and yet stubborn enough, we pushed each other on (sometimes literally) and together, hand in hand, we finished the hike.
Joel and I have a thing for long hikes and hill walking, especially in Wales (it never seizes to surprise us!). We can’t get enough of the fresh air and that rewarding feeling of finally making it to the top and seeing the best views. We weirdly love the physical challenges too.
Snowdon, being the highest mountain in Wales, was definitely a challenge. We hadn’t planned to hike Snowdon, but when we realised we were staying in an air b&b only 30 minutes from the foot of the mountain, we decided we couldn’t pass up the opportunity. We didn’t really have the right gear, neither did we have a lot of time to mentally prepare, but we went for it anyway and we’re so glad we did.
I didn’t take many photos due to the previously mentioned tiredness and freezing temperatures, but here are a few that I did. Keep scrolling to the bottom to see a glimpse of our converted horse trailer/ air b&b and the gorgeous starlit sky we were so blessed with.
It’s funny what you don’t see behind adventure photography isn’t it? You know, the sweat and pain and constant mental battles you go through to get that perfect shot. I love that these photos are beautiful glimpses of creation but also little trophies for some hard work. Adventure photography ain’t easy, don’t let those Instagram squares fool you! But, admittedly, very rewarding.
While you’re here, check out this guide to climbing the UK’s biggest mountains! HF Holidays invited me to share a quote from my experience hiking Snowdon and you can read it, here!