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Phil’s search for creativity reaches new heights!
JULY 26, 2019
It’s been some years since Phil scaled any mountains, however, on the search for a new fitness challenge he decided, along with one of his oldest pals Keith, to climb Scafell Pike and Snowdon. We’ve all found it rather inspirational, so thought we’d share his journey with you.
Preparation is key
It may not have been the most comprehensive preparation, but with some practice walks, regular swimming and some intense cross-trainer sessions under his belt, Phil was looking forward to the weekend of walking ahead of him. Having purchased new boots for the occasion, he shunned his preferred get up of shorts and flip-flops in the recent hot weather and instead proceeded to wear his walking boots around the office to break them in and minimise the blisters.
Without further ado, they headed off to the Lake District to make a start on their first challenge, Scafell Pike. Though not before a quick stop at The Old Bell Inn the night before the climb, to fuel up and sample their Guinness World Record breaking Gin Emporium – a mere 404 gins to choose from (just to note, they didn’t sample them all!).
What goes up, must come down
With clear skies and the sun shining, Phil and Keith made their way to the top of Scafell Pike. Stopping to admire the breath-taking scenery and breath in the fresh air along the way (and take the odd rest!), after scaling 978 metres, they reached the summit. Unfortunately, mother nature wasn’t on their side and having enjoyed clear weather for the climb, the summit was shrouded in mist, so they weren’t able to make the most of the 360 degree views as hoped.
As the song says, 🎶what goes up, must come down🎶 and soon it was time for the descent, with the thought of a BBQ and a few celebratory drinks to keep them going. Phil clocked up an impressive 28,318 steps on day one. Cheers!
Snowdon was calling
After a night under the stars camping at Lake Windemere, Phil and Keith were raring to take on Snowdon’s Watkin Path. Described as an original path to the summit with the most height gain, it’s a scenic walk through old quarry and mine workings.
A mere 1085m ascent to the top meant Phil climbed the equivalent of over 310 flights and walked 28,033 steps on day two of his adventure. After a last push to the summit over some pretty steep and loose terrain, they were rewarded with views of Porthmadog, Caernarfon, the Irish Sea and Anglesey.
After a challenging two days climbing, it was time to relax and recover – where better than Abersoch on the east coast. A beautiful seaside village with views of Snowdon was the perfect place to revel in their achievement.
What about Ben Nevis?
Climbing two of the three peaks is an impressive achievement, but there’s one more to go. Phil and Keith are now planning their next weekend adventure to add Ben Nevis to their climbing success. Those boots were made for walking Phil! Congratulations.