Yesterday was Mrs MP's silver wedding anniversary. Coincidently it was also mine. We wanted to do something that we would remember as vividly as we remember our wedding day and, as we are holidaying in North Wales at the moment, climbing Mount Snowdon, seemed to be the perfect option. And we did it. We climbed into the death zone without oxygen without any Welsh sherpas to carry our rucksacks and we summited. Why? Because it was there and because we are British just like Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay who were the first to conquer this monster of a mountain back in 1953.

The only mountain in the world that is higher than Mount Snowdon is Ben Hur in Scotland and that's only because every time a Scotsman climbs it he takes another rock up with him and leaves it on the top. Before Walter Scott came up with this clever plan, the summit of Ben Hur was a mere fifty feet above sea level.

We were extremely lucky that Mount Snowdon was still there when we arrived to climb it because the Americans are trying to extradite it from Wales on charges of international espionage. Thanks to Mount Snowdon I can rest assured that President Obama will be reading this blog entry before he goes to bed tonight. Because of this I will not be saying anything about CMDs (collies of mass destruction) and my plan to take over the world just so I can make everyone, especially the Welsh, speak English.

The following photos chronicle our descent of Snowdon as I was too knackered going up to stop and take any photos.



  1. Fabulous! What is its elevation? And what is the elevation gain and how many Kms to the top? Beautiful photos… and especially inspiring that you did not take the train up.

  2. Most excellent! I did do a little research, and discovered that Mount Snowdon is the highest mountain in all of the world except for all the rest of them.

    • Ben Nevis isn’t a real mountain because it isn’t pointy at the top. Mount Snowdon is properly pointy, just like Mount Everest.

    • Proper mountains are rounded on top, waiting for the next explosion that turns them into craters.

  3. It reminds me of the Superstition Mountains in Arizona (except for views of water etc.), the only comparable climb I’ve made. It’s a plenty big climb. Mazel Tov!

  4. Beautiful, MP: some of your best! [I see a couple of collies who’d like to be extradited from their leashes. ;-/]

    I think my favorite is of that pensive gull, taking in the view.

    • Delphi could have been trusted, but Quiz does not have the commonsense not to fall off a mountain. So they stayed on the leads.

    • Yes, Mickey. Shortly after the last ice age there was a massive underwater land slip somewhere up near Norway which caused the world’s largest ever tsunami. This flooded Doggerland which was where the North Sea is now. The Celts all ran away to Wales and climbed the mountains to save themselves from drowning. But the brave Saxon, Noah, did not run away. He built an ark as instructed by God and put a pair of every breed of dog recognised by the Kennel Club onboard. 40 days later the ark reached the top of Mount Snowdon where the Celts, who were all speaking English before Noah turned up, started singing “I see a rainbow in the sky” in Welsh and tried to sell him sausage rolls for the rip off price of £2.95 each.

    • We were extremely lucky. It was the perfect temperature for climbing with enough wind to keep us cool but not cold. The cloud hung over the top of the mountain for most of our ascent and then broke completely as we made the top. By the time we reached the bottom again there was cloud even on the top of smaller peaks like the Rhinogs.