Blue Whale Media Climbs Snowdon
Quite an emotional blog for me personally, Blue Whale Media will be climbing Snowdon on Saturday the 27th of April for the charity Mind (St Helens). I asked if it would be okay to do the walk for Mind for personal issues. Not only have my dad and I suffered from depression before, one of my best friends and long-term colleague Natalie Hughes committed suicide in October last year and it broke my heart, so this was an opportunity to raise money for mental health and make her proud of me. Although I don’t show it as much as The Millstone team, it still hurts me a lot and I have to be strong.
Who Is Mind?
Mind is a mental health charity in England and Wales. Founded in 1946 as the National Association for Mental Health, it celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2016. Mind offers information and advice to people with mental health problems and lobbies government and local authorities on their behalf. They provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 metres above sea level, and the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands. It is located in Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd. One of Snowdon’s main attractions is the sheer number and variety of paths that reach the peak. This means that everyone from mountaineering novices to climbing experts should find a way up the mountain that will suit their abilities or provide them with a sufficient test.
Who is doing the climb?
Most of the office is participating in the climb. Only 3 of the people doing it this time completed the climb last year. The people that are going to be taking part in this year’s climb are:
Sam is very experienced at climbing and goes on regular hikes up various mountains across the UK. He is the person we will be looking to as a guide up the mountain. I have personally never climbed a mountain before but I’m relishing the challenge that I have before me!
As previously stated, I have never climbed a mountain before, but I have been active for most of my life. To make this 10x worse, there is a yellow weather warning for potential 60-70 mph gusts of wind on the mountain, it is also supposed to rain making conditions rather difficult. This is why we are going to do the Llanberis Path. Although we intended on doing the Miners Track, the Llanberis Path seems the safest option as there are fewer rocks to fall off.
I am really looking forward to climbing the mountain and doing something good for an amazing charity, I also hope to do my best friend proud and would like to thank everyone who has donated so generously.