A Guinness Book of World Records from a couple of years back featured a photo of several hardy souls, led by Henry Shelford, enjoying a three course banquet at the summit of Lhakpa Ri in Tibet, at a height of around 22,000 feet. Dressed in thermal ties and suits, the group feasted on caviar, duck and chocolate pudding before carrying their tables and chairs back to earth.
It would appear that a group of staggers from Wales took inspiration from Henry’s titanic feat and decided to go for the rather unconventional stag do approach of climbing to the top of Mount Snowdon dressed in nothing but pyjamas and trainers. As if scaling Wales and England’s highest mountain wearing minimal night clobber wasn’t enough, it just so happened that they accomplished it in a brutal storm. Whoever came up with this most daring of stag do ideas deserves a rather hefty pat on the back!
Of course the health and safety police were all over the brave group, the authorities urging other groups to be “better prepared”.
We suppose they have a point though, as it turns out that three groups were rescued from the mountain on the same weekend as our heroic stag collective. One party of 11 became lost in mist, whilst another taking part in a Three Peaks challenge got split up from their leader.
But stags it seems are made of tougher stuff and there’s no doubt that they should give Ben Nevis a go next, before moving onto even taller feats. We would however recommend fully insulated pyjamas to keep out the cold. Failing that, plenty of booze.