After two years of planning, one global pandemic and three rescheduled dates our first ever Sunrise Walk Snowdon event took place last weekend!

The challenge followed our usual Sunrise Walk format of starting the walk in the early hours and as the sunrises to raise money for the families we support – with just one small difference our triumphant team would be walking up a mountain at night!

34 brave walkers donned their hiking boots and head torches to climb Mount Snowdon in total darkness at around 3am last Saturday. Taking one of the toughest routes up, they didn’t let the drizzly weather dampen their spirits as they reached the summit.

Emma Edwards, Challenge Events Fundraiser at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices said, “I think it’s fair to say we were very naïve on how challenging it would be – this was no walk or hike in the park. We scrambled for the vast majority of the ascent and even the route down was challenging! Despite not seeing sunrise due to the rain, drizzle and cloud it was a fabulous event!”

Kelly Walker, who walked as part of Team Zoe (Zoe and her family are supported by us) shared some of the life lessons she felt she learnt taking on this epic challenge. “Climbing a mountain last weekend felt very symbolic as I’ve felt like I’ve been standing at the bottom of the mountain with a huge climb ahead a lot over the past 18 months and know I’m not alone in that.”

“Climbing in the dark is actually easier than in the light – you can’t see where you’ve come from, how far you’ve left to go and the sheer drops along the way.”

“An encouraging and reassuring word from a stranger at just the right time can make all the difference.”

“You’re tribe is everything – encouragement, support, motivation, reassurance and lots and lots of humour kept us going and kept us smiling every step of the way.”

“There is more than one way to climb a mountain and sometimes the easiest isn’t the most fulfilling or rewarding.”

“We can push ourselves and achieve more than we ever think by just putting one foot in front of the other in the direction of our goals.”

“Humans are, for the very vast majority, rather marvellous beings – the love, praise, kind messages and sponsorship we received for our fundraising cause Shooting Star Children’s Hospices is testament to that and a very needed reminder on darker days when the world can seem strange and harsh.”

This was our first in-person challenge event since Covid and the wonderful walkers were buoyed to see everyone face to face and the team have raised a phenomenal £20,000 so far!

A special thanks to SVL Adventure for guiding everyone up and down safely and gogutsi for providing the minibus transport there and back.

Have our super sunrisers inspired you? Why not join us at our Guildford Sunrise Walk on Sunday 17 October – a wonderful way to see Surrey in autumn (and not a mountain in sight!) – Sign up today!