Climb Snowdon, they said. It will be fun, they said… So I went on an adventure to meet up in beautiful Betws-y-Coed with some business pals. We had taken on the challenge of climbing Snowdon as a way to build connections, take in the scenery and do something that stretched us.
IT STARTED WELL…
With full tummies and all the gear, we set off in the mini-bus.
We started well and naturally fell into little groups that stuck and climbed together.
My recent challenges (Triathlon Sprint and a 35 mile bike ride) massively helped as my fitness level was really good.
Then the weather started to change…
Storm Agnes was supposed to hit the day before. It didn’t.
We thought we had got away with it. We hadn’t.
We experienced high winds, driving rain and an appearance from the search and rescue helicopter (fortunately it was a drill).
Pulling together in our small groups was necessary, to keep the camaraderie going and watch out for each other.
THE ROUTE MAKES A DIFFERENCE
I later found out that part of the reason it was a challenge (despite the weather) was that we were doing the Pyg trail which is more advanced than the Llanberis one (or taking the train 😉).
Naturally, after some decent climbing some of the group decided they had stretched themselves enough and decided to head back.
The rest of us pressed on. Long story short, we made it. It wasn’t pretty and it probably wasn’t clever but we did it.
🦺 BEING VISIBLE STARTS WITH YOUR WEBSITE
Ironically as I looked down from the summit where all we could see was cloud and driving rain, my high-vis vest didn’t do much good.
However, I was still visible amongst all the other walkers and I served as a good beacon for our group. So my attire wasn’t completely in vain 🤣.
we can’t do it all alone
After the best soak in the bath ever, a nap and some decent food, it was great to sit and chat about the day, what we had achieved and how that tick off the list was now done (and didn’t need to be done again 🤣).
I’m so thankful for this experience but more so because of the awesome group of people I did it with. Kind, considerate and caring and so much fun to be around.
VISIBILITY ISN’T ALWAYS A WARM SUNNY DAY
🦺 My takeaway from the Snowdon triumph is that being visible in your business isn’t going to be a warm sunny day and a stroll up a hill all of the time.
It’s going to be tough at times, with obstructions and self-doubt happening. And of course outside influences that we have no control over.
But also that we can’t do it alone. We need the right support to champion each other, pull together and keep going.
It’s pushing through; ‘feeling the fear and doing it anyway’. And getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.
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