On 15th June, the SDL Regional Surveying Team (Adam Baker, Adam Santos, Hugh Riley, Richard Ballam and Jon Spencer) took on the 1,085m challenge of climbing Mount Snowdon in order to raise money for LionHeart, the charity for RICS professionals, past and present, and their families. The team set themselves an initial target of raising £1,000 – with SDL matching any amount raised.
With a wide range of previous hiking experience, on the day the group took it gradually – but it was definitely harder than they thought it would be! All five of them started from Pen y Pass and took the “Miners Track” up. For the majority of the walk this is a gradual track, with cobbles on the steeper sections, and scenic views as you climb past three lakes. The last section of the track is much more challenging with a vertical scramble up and over stones and boulders to join the “Pyg Track”. From this junction, there are even steeper climbs near the cliff edges (in foggy conditions!) to the very top ridge. The final ridge leg took them up a series of unforgiving granite steps to the Summit – which they reached in about 3 hours – unfortunately covered in thick cloud. After Summit photos and a brief respite (with hot drink) in the café – the team took the longer “Llanberis Path” back down the mountain but did benefit from fantastic views on the descent.
Motivated by the accomplishment of achieving a great level of sponsorship for Lionheart, the team all really enjoyed the challenge – and they raised in excess of £1,500 – this will be doubled up by a matching donation from SDL to donate over £3,000 to Lionheart RICS.