Get A-Head research technician at InHANSE, Baksho Kaul, and her Dad, Amarjit, together with colleagues Alison Wardle and Gordon Ryan took part in the challenge.
The team said: On Monday 19 September at 9.15am, we arrived at the car park by Pen y Pass Youth Hostel (A4086 Llanberis Pass) to a dry and sunny day. Our planned route for our fundraising Snowdon climb was to walk up the Pyg Track to reach the summit and a return via the Miner’s Track. A quick check on OS map OL17 confirmed our course.
Baksho advised the intrepid explorers that the Pyg Track would be more than suitable for us; we only had to be moderately fit!! However, as we climbed onwards and upwards, we underestimated how steep the path was and some parts were quite challenging in places. There were a few slips but nothing serious. After 3 hours and 20 mins, we reached the summit where we took photos in our fabulous Get A-Head T-shirts. A well-earned spot of lunch with a comforting hot chocolate was taken at the Hafod Eryri cafe to recover whilst we admired the breath taking views around us.
Our return journey was back via the Pyg Track for a little way, and then to join the Miners Track for a walk by the lake. Having seen a few people take the ride up to the summit on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, some of us were tempted to take the train back to the car park. With tickets sold out (large notice in the cafe to this effect), and the Team Leader not allowing the lazy option, we strategically made our way down the mountain. Our thrilling adventure continued with an off the piste path courtesy of Gordon (an Indiana Jones moment!) to an easier gravel path which took us around the lake. With the late afternoon sun reflecting off the water, the summit of Snowdon behind us and the rising landscape either side of us, we all commented on the wonderful day we had had and felt a great sense of achievement completing Snowdon for a worthy cause.
We approached the end of our Snowdon experience at 4.35pm: a total of 7 hours climbing, walking, eating, drinking and enjoying each others company.
We decided to raise funds for Get A Head because they fund both Baksho Kaul, the Get A-Head research technician and the Accelerated project undertaken by InHANSE (Institute of Head and Neck Studies and Education), University of Birmingham. The charity needs more recognition for all the invaluable work undertaken and contributions made. By making people aware of this charity through generous donations, they can help improve the quality of life for those patients who suffer from head and neck diseases and their carers and, help to fund specialist research into head and neck cancers to support the development of new treatments.
Baksho said: “I had a fantastic time climbing Snowdon with a great team and I hope people will continue showing their support to the Get A-Head charity. Thank you to everyone who has donated to our Just Giving page.”