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Snowdon - to new heights

On top of the world

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Only 3 months or so after having open heart surgery Richard was already regularly asking me to climb Snowdon with him. I must admit that I avoided it for a while, imagining all that might go wrong. Finally, in January, just over 6 months after his leaving hospital we took the plunge. My son Jonny also came along to carry down whichever of us collapsed first!

The day we chose turned out to be the only good one for weeks around. Early cloud and high winds eased to blue skies and icy snow. We didn't rush, but Richard moved steadily and reached the summit for his lunch. You can see from the pictures below what beautiful summit views we enjoyed. After lunch I asked Richard if he had ever climbed the second highest in Wales, so we headed off to climb Garnedd Ugain as well. The descent of the top of the Pyg Track needed care in rather icy conditions, but at least we weren't trying to do it in trainers or pink wellies, as others were doing!

Richard obviously enjoyed his day and got great satisfaction in achieving what seemed impossible a year before. The climb clearly demonstrated to his employers that he is fit to go back to work. Richard has his sights on the Glyders next ...
Richard & Jonny on the Pyg Track

Richard & Jonny on the Pyg Track

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Lliwedd and Glaslyn

Lliwedd and Glaslyn

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Richard in the Zig-zaps

Richard in the Zig-zaps

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Proudly beside the Finger Stone

Proudly beside the Finger Stone

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Nearing the summit

Nearing the summit

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Richard on Snowdon summit

Richard on Snowdon summit

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Snowdon summit panorama

Snowdon summit panorama

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Light relects off the sea, from Snowdon summit

Light relects off the sea, from Snowdon summit

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The Finger Stone and Snowdon

The Finger Stone and Snowdon

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Richard & Jonny on Carnedd Ugain

Richard & Jonny on Carnedd Ugain

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Jonny on Crib y Ddysgl

Jonny on Crib y Ddysgl

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Parting clouds on Crib y Ddysgl

Parting clouds on Crib y Ddysgl

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Lliwedd

Lliwedd

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Jonny silhouetted against Moel Siabod

Jonny silhouetted against Moel Siabod

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Moel Siabod at sunset

Moel Siabod at sunset

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Snowdon at dusk

Snowdon at dusk

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