Cadair Idris – Wales – Tweets along the way. 

 

Peak: Cadair Idris

Summit: 2930 ft

Weather: Dry, 5-10°
SATURDAY 

0400 – 0500

Yeah, up at 4am – leaving Ipswich at 5am once everyones managed to ram their kit in the car.

0500 – 0800

First half of the journey complete and we’ve stopped for a morning espresso and subway breakfast…Dave also managed to spit coconut all over a passer by. 😐

0800 – 1000

With some we early navigation issues hahah were somewhere in the Welsh countryside – definitely heading in the right direction. Maybe.

1000 – 1130

Last minute supplies from the local EuroSpar and the peak is in our sights, just the small matter of working out where to park up.

1210. 

And were off! After a swift change of boots, Dave discovering his backpack was sat on his bed back in Suffolk, and a few discussions about babybels, we were off to summit peak number five!

1430.

A truly beautiful summit, and accessible for people of all experiences and fitness. With a load of paths to choose from, definitely a peak any beginner to go for – and you’ll achieve that “off the beaten track” vibe a good few times which is pretty much impossible on its more popular neighbour Snowdon.

1700.

After a leisurely hike down, stopping to chat with local sheep etc, were back down at the car and set to find two things. A place to sleep and a place to eat.

1700 – 1830

So the easy part is over and our tents are pitched, is it just me or are all campsite owners drunk. Always. We spotted some decent looking pubs on the way through so now head off into town for some post-hike grub.

1830 – 2000

Okay. Turns out were not welcome in this town. No one wants us in their pub…all we want is some food! So we end up getting a pizza from the only kebab shop in town and eating it standing up out on the street. In the cold. Great.

2000 – 2200

So by now weve found a pub which seemed a little more welcoming than the previous ones, however I did kinda feel that at any given moment we would be told “EH YOU BOYS. THATS GARETHS SEAT THAT IS. MOVE ON WILL YE”

Were a few drinks in and Remy is obviously asleep, that is, until a 10 man strong stag-do pub crawl joins us and well…things got weird.

2230 – 1000

After things went strange, we thought it best to head back to camp, taking a slight detour to retrieve the left over pizza from earlier on…and so we bedded down for a cold horrible uncomfortable night. Feeling bright and breezy at 10am.

1100 – 1700

Bish bash bosh. That’s how it’s done. Back home in time for tea.

Cadair Idris – you were awesome.

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Dorks on a Hill – where it all began

It was back in 2014 when I received the news that my Grandfather had been given a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. Not really knowing what to do to help out; I thought it might be a nice gesture at least, to raise some money for Parkinons UK. For no reason in particular I thought, Snowdon!
A couple of conversations later and I had convinced three of my good friends; David, Mike, and Remy to come and join me on the challenge.

We received such awesome support and in the end raised over £2000 in just that one event. Little did we know what Snowdon had in store; and how it was going to be the spark which ignited a passion for all of us.

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It was a combination of the mind-blowing views, incredible weather conditions and the general excitement of being out in the great outdoors which captured our imaginations; something which still to this day keeps driving us (although the weather conditions are not always so perfect; as we found out in the Peak District, and Fort William!)

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Since that day in sunny Wales, we have reached the summit of 4 mountains; in 4 countries no less:

Mt. Snowdon – Wales
Scafell Pike – England
Ben Nevis – Scotland
Mt. Bronzone – Italy 

Our next step is the National 3 Peaks Challenge which we will be completing later this year – and between now and then…well who knows!

So that’s the story of Dorks On A Hill; and we would love you to join us as our story continues – remember to subscribe to our blog and take a look at our Instagram page to get all out best snaps from around the world @dorksonahill 

doah x