Snowdon 1

Well we’re back from Mount Snowdon and we are all still alive. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that we didn’t make it to the top, not that getting to the top was our original intention anyway.  Excuses, excuses…

Snowdon 2

The lesson learnt is that sometimes your day job gets in the way of your personal goals. In our case this was no bad thing as our day job involved making a film about leadership and we succeeded in that area, probably even better than we could have hoped for as we had such great weather for this time of year, making photographing a beautiful landscape all the more simple. Sadly climbing to the top of our personal mountain will have to wait for another time.

Needless to say the point at which we all realised we needed to turn back was a gutting moment, to the extent of us probably not fully understanding the reasons why but like any good team we respected the opinion of our leader Clay Lowe and got the hell out of dodge before the weather turned too bad.

Upon reaching base the reality of our journey hit home – our walk started at 9am and ended at 5:15 pm, the turning point was half the way up Snowdon and if we had continued there would have been no way of us making it back before dark. This is a journey that Clay has made before in the record time of 1 hour 20 mins one way.

That darned film making thing just got in the way and took too much time. Lucky then that we love it so much.


The big learn from the day is that we should all trust our leaders, no matter how despondent we get when we can’t reach our goals. A good leader will still get you home no matter what. The mountain can be conquered tomorrow after all.

A big thanks to Clay Lowe and his Ascent leadership course.