Climbing Mount Snowdon is a challenge for the thousands of walkers who tackle the peak every year, but for one couple who are registered blind, it will be even more difficult.
Lostock Hall couple, 25-year-old Nia Coleman, who works for Galloway’s Society for the Blind, and 24-year-old Matt Greer, have both decided to set themselves a personal challenge – to climb up Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales, to raise funds for the local charity.
Nia has a little bit of sight, but admits “it’s not good” while partner Matt is totally without sight and is usually reliant on his guide dog, Sophie.
Setting off from LLanberis Railway Station with their family from on Friday April 18 to make the 3,560ft climb, the pair will be guided along ‘Llanberis Way’ following the narrow, shingle path towards the ‘Bridge of Hats’ better known to the locals as ‘Bont Y Hetieu’ because from here the route becomes very windy, rocky and a continual steep climb.
Nia said: “I am really excited, but I have never done anything like this before.
“Neither Matt or myself wanted to be left behind because quite a few of our family are out doing the walk, so we thought it would be a good idea to raise funds for Galloway’s who help so many people achieve their ambitions.”
Nia’s mum, Lynne added: “It is probably more difficult on the way down – it’s hard on the knees and the stones and rocks are usually pretty slippery.”
The planned walk is expected to take Nia, Matt and their family over six hours.
If you would like to make a donation to the charity, contact Nia at Galloway’s on 01772 744148.