Young People Conquer Mount Snowdon
Six sleepy young people and three equally sleepy staff began the 250 mile trip to Mount Snowdon. It is fair to say that one of the most popular phrases that morning was “Are we nearly there yet?”
Seven hours later and after many refreshment stops, we finally arrived at our home for the next three nights. Not long after settling into their new surroundings, a young person came to the staff with a very important question…
”What is the Wifi password?”
After a night of getting used to their cosy surroundings, the young people began their preparations for their 1,085m ascent of Mount Snowdon. Bags packed, walking boots on and ready to GO!
We began our climb at 11.46am.
At approximately 11.58am the young people realised the magnitude of the journey ahead.
After some early hiccups and some rest breaks along the way, some of the young people began finding their rhythm, some more than others, but we made some steady progress.
Nearly two hours into the ascent, the morale of the group was tested once again with some beginning to wonder if the half way point would be their best they could achieve. For many of the young people, it was the first time they were tackling anything remotely like this. It was an incredible achievement even at this point. With the half way tea hut nearly insight, that was enough to motivate the group to keep going, the view wasn’t too bad either.
After some hot drinks, some high energy snacks and some well-earned rest, we began to leave the half-way hut. Staff were immensely proud of the group for pushing themselves to get this far and were ready to begin the descent back down the mountain. To our astonishment, the Future Steps crew were not done yet! A new found motivation had spread across the group!
One young person said that they were doing it for their Grandma. She would have loved to see the views but couldn't walk it herself! Another wanted to tell his PE teacher that he had climbed Mount Snowdon because in the past he had found it difficult to get involved with sports due to his Hyper Mobility issues around his joints.
The higher we climbed, the more enthusiastic we all became, especially with the opportunity to take photos of the amazing views. The more we climbed however, the closer to the clouds we became which ruined the selfie opportunities! That, mixed with the colder weather and steeper climb, made the next part of the journey the toughest part yet. The young people responded brilliantly, by taking it in turns to encourage each other to keep walking through the mist.
Visibility was getting worse and worse. Morale of the group was starting to dwindle. The time in between breaks started to get shorter and shorter. One staff member was at the front driving the group forward and the other at the back encouraging the rest to push on.
One staff member
may have told a young person that he could see the top before he actually
could! But it seemed to do the trick, because just as one of the young people
was about to stop again, a friendly stranger told us that we were less than ten minutes from the summit!
We reached the top!
Not that you could tell because of the cloud! We were all so proud of our accomplishments as individuals and as a team. Team Future Steps had made it!
Future Steps would like to give a special thank you to one of our absolutely amazing volunteers who was a big part of making the trip happen. Not only did John help plan the trip, he did his fair share of driving too, clocking up 607 miles in the mini bus! John also used his years of experience as an activity leader to help us get safely up the mountain and was even up and ready to go on another excursion the next morning, however the younger generation had different ideas!
The Talent Coaches, Dean and Brad both spoke of their immense pride in all of the young people who decided to take a giant leap out of their comfort zone to come on the trip, let alone getting to the top of the second largest mountain in the UK. For the coaches, one of the highlights of the trip was seeing young people support each other in their own battles to get up the mountain despite not knowing each other before the trip.
2019…what will be next?