Business and Law Students Tackle Snowdon for Charity

Two students from Bangor’s Business and Law Schools had a very early morning wake up call on Saturday, 3rd November, as they joined a team of six other University Halls Wardens in taking up the challenge of climbing Mount Snowdon in the dark, with the aim of reaching the summit by sunrise.Alex (left) and Stephen at the summit of SnowdonAlex (left) and Stephen at the summit of Snowdon

Stephen Clear, a Law PhD student, and Business student Alexander Aldred, joined fellow students and Ffriddoedd site Wardens Caoimhe Martin, Chin Wei Ong, Hayley French, Gwawr Parker, Lindsey Swift and Max Davidson for a 3.00am start up to the summit of Wales’s highest mountain. Alex, also District Explorer Scout Commissioner for Gwynedd, led the way along the Llanberis ‘Miners’ path as their safety guide.

They set themselves the challenge of climbing the 1085m-high peak, the highest in England, Wales and Ireland, in order to raise money for their selected charities. For four members of the group it was their first time climbing Snowdon. Stephen Clear commented on how the conditions at 3.00am were “cold, wet, heavy snow and dark”.The Warden team reached the snow-capped summit of Snowdon just five minutes before sunriseThe Warden team reached the snow-capped summit of Snowdon just five minutes before sunrise

The whole team successfully made it to the summit just after 7:05am – five minutes before their self-imposed sunrise deadline – allowing the team to enjoy spectacular views on their way back down to Llanberis. “Unfortunately at the top we were unable to see sunrise due to snow clouds”, commented Caoimhe Martin, a student at the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science. “But luckily, on the way down, we emerged from cover and had the chance to glimpse the views that reminded us how lucky we are to live in such a breathtakingly beautiful place.”

To date, the team have raised over £1,000 (with gift aid) for five different charities. These are Home-Start, Barnsley Hospice, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Veterans Aid and the RAF Association. If you would like to donate to one of these charities, or the Warden team’s efforts, please visit their Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/teams/Bangor-Wardens.  A sample of the spectacular views with which the team were blessed on their descentA sample of the spectacular views with which the team were blessed on their descent

Publication date: 28 November 2012