Day 2 was to be the big day, the day I would summit Mount Snowdon at 1085 mtrs (3559 ft). When I woke up, I was a little in awe of the task at hand, but I guess that’s what makes it a challenge!
To add to the challenge I would be taking the most difficult direct route up there via the Watkin Path with an 18 kg load and walk around 21 km!
I did have one big clue during the walk with regard to its difficulty – but that clue didn’t sink in right away. The clue was that I didn’t see a single person on that trail, despite knowing that Snowdon is an extremely popular destination.
It wouldn’t be until I got to the top that I would see people – many people as it turned out! It seems that everyone else was climbing Snowdon via the Pyg and Miner’s tracks!
So if you like isolation, I would recommend the Watkin Path, but I will warn you that you will have to be good with heights for the final ascent stage. That part is very steep with a very big drop below you…
One of the issues that came to light on this journey and to a certain extent previous journeys with my new boots, was my energy levels. It seems that since wearing the new boots, I’m finding that 21-22km is about my limit before it starts feeling like a forced march. This is in stark contrast with my previous walks where I was clearing 35-44km on some days. Could this be down to the boots? I’m sure that it wasn’t my fitness as I am a lot fitter now than I used to be.
I can only theorise that the extra weight of my new boots was affecting my performance. These boots weigh in at 2Kg which makes them almost twice as heavy as my previous pair. I do like them though, as they seem to keep my feet dry – even when fording. But I am wondering whether the price in my physical performance is worth the entry fee? I will need more evidence though before I make any decisions about changing my footwear…
Back to the walk! As usual I’ll let the pictures paint the words. Here are a selection of them from my Facebook photo journal: