Ok, I don’t want to sound like one of those Dads that organise camping trips that no one really wants to go on. But holidays are expensive, and in early spring, you need a plan. Since my “Let’s Buy A Campervan” dream died due to financial constraints, I thought I’d but a family tent instead (and sporty little Mini Cooper S – but that is a different story).
What was meant to be a cheap holiday rapidly began to become expensive as I bought every bit of camping equipment known to man. But I want to do things right. The plan was to visit Snowdonia National Park – and set some challenges for the kids *(and me). These were:
- Climb Snowdon – Let’s not forget Oscar is only 7, and Freya is on verge of being a “moany” teenager. But what’s life without a challenge.
- Take the Plummet Challenge – a step off a 100ft platform in Zip Fforest
- Europe’s Largest Zip Wire Zone – Zip World
- Get the kids to love camping.
So with the restriction of a tiny Mini storage capacity we managed to fit in all the equipment, walking boots and camping gear fit for an attempt on Everest.
On the expedition up Snowdon (“expedition” makes it sound like Everest attempt!) Freya was complaining just 10 minutes into the walk. But with a bit of Kendal Mint Cake, and gentle persuasion (plus lying about how far left to go…) we pushed on.
Needless to say, I’m super proud of my kids, as despite promising them we would take train down from summit, we ended up walking down. It was more than 10 mile hike up and down the mountain, and 8 hour expedition.