Today we climbed Snowdon. I was a little apprehensive as my daughter is only 4. However, we had a great day, and all the children managed the walking well. Although they were clearly tired at times, and sometimes very hot, they pressed on without moaning at all. I was really impressed with them!
We had planned this walk with care. We know that climbing a mountain, even if there are clear paths and there is a shop at the top, can be dangerous. We packed plenty of food and water, and a map and compass, and waterproofs for everyone.
We also made sure that the children were ready for our walk. We explained the route we would take, and made clear just how far they would have to walk. I walk quite a lot with the children, so I was fairly confident of their stamina.
We had a fantastic day. However, that doesn't mean that everything went as planned. The car park was full when we arrived, so we had to park further away and get a bus. This was straightforward, but meant we left an hour later than planned. We were also plagued by midgies at the top, and a couple of children fell and scraped their knees.
It has been a lovely day, full of precious memories. It has also been a chance to practise perseverance and patience, and an opportunity to see that when something doesn't go as planned, this doesn't mean that everything is going to go wrong!