Snowdon expedition

A few months back, my husband and his best friend arranged a trip to Snowdon/ male bonding session for themselves and my eldest for early April. My son is a Scout, so it was right up his street. My husband’s friend has been up Snowdon at least a 100 times, so I knew they would be in safe hands. They were all looking forward to it.

Regular readers will know my son has been struggling a bit of late He hasn’t quite settled at school and doesn’t seem to have found his feet with friends. So when I heard his best friend who hadn’t visited for six months was back that weekend, I started working things out. Could his friend go to Snowdon with them?

My son’s friend is the most outdoor child I know. He loves Scouts and survival. He always has a well-packed kit bag and is prepared for every eventuality. He was born to be outside, like a mini Bear Grylls. He would LOVE to go to Snowdon. We had to make this happen! Yes, the trip was partly about father-son bonding, but my son would enjoy it so much more with his friend there. It would probably turn out to be better father-son bonding this way.

The week before the trip, things looked bleak on Snowdon. Snow so thick the train couldn’t run. People being airlifted off the mountain. People have DIED on Snowdon. But my husband trusted his friend to guide them and advise them and I had to do the same.

And so they set off… And I didn’t hear from them for a really long time. I must admit I was starting to worry just a little bit. The weather here was so much better, almost spring-like. Surely they would be OK?

And then they rang me. My son was shouting in the background about what an amazing time they were having. They also told me they’d seen blood on the snow ‘where someone died’. The snow was still so thick and deep that they couldn’t make it to the top. The railway and the cafe at the top of the mountain were both still closed.

But the boys didn’t mind. They were having the time of their lives. They’d sledged down the mountain in bivvy bags. (Sounds scary and just the sort of thing I wouldn’t let them do.)

It was really, really hot apparently. But the snow was still thick and beautiful. My husband reckoned it was 15 degrees. To prove how hot it was, my son took his top off and they sent me a photo of him topless with snowy mountains all around him. He has the biggest smile on his face. The other kids burst out laughing when they saw it.

It was a long journey home, but the two boys were so happy. They both said it was the best weekend ever. They’d conquered Snowdon (almost) and they’d spent valuable time together. It was truly a magic moment for both of them.

 

 

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I think it was! I’m quite sorry I missed out, but it wouldn’t have been the same with boring mummy there telling them to be careful all the time!

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  2. Aww, that’s such a lovely post and a happy ending for all involved! That’s a really great achievement. I was set to climb Snowdon for the 1st time for charity on April 1st, but we decided to pull out due to the hazardous conditions! We have postponed it to June when hopefully, the sun will be out…

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  3. It’s a New Year tradition in our house (tends to have been just the men of late). The weather looked brilliant. Bendigedig.

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  4. i have a friend who did exactly this when their son was struggling years ago, he is now an incredible young man!

    I love your reaction to the sledging on the bivvy bags, i would have been exactly the same!!

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  5. What a fantastic experience for the boys to have had and it’s sounds like they will be re-telling their adventures with happy smiles for quite a while. Let’s hope that things pick up for your son at school. Thanks for linking up a their snowy adventure to Country kids.

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  6. Thanks very much for your comments, everyone, I really appreciate them 🙂
    I think you did the right thing cancelling, MishMashMamma, that was the really bad week! Good luck when you try again.
    That’s inspiring to know, Sarah, thanks. A week on, my son is still really re-living this experience and it obviously means so much to him. There is NO WAY they would have sledged on those bivvy bags on my watch!
    Thanks for the opportunity to link up, Coombe Mill! 🙂

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  7. Thank you, Jaime, it really was! Would have loved to have been a part of it, but know that me not being there was part of what made it magical. x

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  8. Sounds an amazing experience for them to do together.
    (Madness, mind you!).
    Joining in from Country Kids

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  9. It certainly does, doesn’t it, Emma? Glad I couldn’t see them really, I would have worried way too much! Thank you very much for commenting, I really appreciate it.

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  10. Oh well done for organising that, great for them to reaffirm their friendship and get in touch with nature again. Hope your son feels happier soon?

    Nipping over from the Country Kids linky.

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  11. Thanks very much for nipping over and commenting 🙂 He’s still quite grumpy, but hopefully it’s just an age thing! He had a really memorable weekend and that should stay with him forever. We hope to get him together with his friend again soon.

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  12. A great experience. I walked up Snowdon as a child as my parents love hiking. I had previously been dragged up mountains in the Swiss Alps so snowdon was a little mountain to me, but reading this has reminded me of the huge achievement as a youngster. And getting near to the top is magical xx #magicmoments

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  13. So glad they had a good time. The pictures look amazing. I am so not a “cold” weather person, but definitely looks like an amazing experience, and something to look back on too.

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  14. Looks an amazing adventure and really impressive that he’s done it at such a young age too!

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  15. Wow! How fantastic. I’ve never been up to the top of Snowdon but it’s on my ‘to do’ list when we move back to Wales. And blood? They saw blood? I think I might have turned back at that point though.

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  16. This is such a lovely post and such a fantastic experience! Thanks for linking up with #magicmoments

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  17. What an incredible experience, the boys musthave been on cloud 9! Fantastic photos too 🙂

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  18. Oh fab! What a lucky pair – they will remember that trip for life! x

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  19. Thank you all for commenting, really appreciate it. They really were on cloud 9. I’d have turned back at the blood too, but they were excited – it added to the drama and bravery!

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  20. What an amazing day and experience for them – something they will always remember – fantastic, and definitely magical 🙂

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  21. It really was brilliant for them! Thanks very much for talking the time to comment, Sarah and Sara!

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