Aled Hughes Day 5
Today was the last day helping the BBC Radio Cymru presenter Aled Hughes summit Snowdon on five consecutive days to raise money for BBC Children in Need. Aled had never walked to the summit of Snowdon before so the fact that we had winter conditions for the whole week made it even more interesting! On each day there would be at least two different guests to accompany Aled whilst on Friday we would have six. During the week the weather brought snow, hail, rain, good and poor visibility, winds of between 30 - 50 mph with gusts up to 70 mph, iced up footpaths requiring the use of ice axe and crampons and clothing such as buffs and goggles for face protection. Aled (and Gethin the sound/tech person) took all this in their stride.
They soaked up the "crash course" in mountain and winter walking skills and discovered how beautiful, terrifying and interesting the mountains of Snowdonia can be in winter. All the guests were competent, positive, helpful, gave 100% effort and were always willing to embrace the challenge yet never forgot the reason why Aled was there, which was to raise money for a good cause.
The week brought professional challenges which included route choice, changing weather forecasts, different conditions underfoot and varied skill levels of people on each day whilst also aiming to get Aled to the summit and back safely. From a personal perspective I learnt a lot about BBC Children in Need and in particular how it genuinely helps people in Wales.
There was much laughter and we couldn't have asked for a better bunch of people to come along as guests. Aled's programme crew are talented and committed and it was great that a few of them also managed to walk up and down Snowdon today.My genuine thanks to everyone involved including Arwel who helped to look after the larger group today. It really was a privilege to be part of such a special event and will certainly be one of our highlights of 2019!!