Posted 2d ago
Ralph might be a little dachshund, but his tiny legs have shown exactly why you shouldn’t underestimate a sausage dog. The two-year-old left the public amazed after he climbed the Welsh mountain in a matter of hours.
It was Ralph’s 2nd birthday, and he clearly had a lot of excited energy to release while clambering across the rocks.
The long-haired silver dapple was on holiday with his owners in Gwynedd, Wales when they decided to take the plunge and climb mount Snowdon with their birthday pup.
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Lauren Lowiss, 24, and her partner started from the bottom of Snowdon at 6.30am with Ralph raring to tackle the incline. Amazingly, they reached the summit in approximately five hours 30 minutes, despite Ralph being a small pup.
Little Ralph showed a lot of strength completing Snowdon in a day (Image: Lauren Lowiss)
Lauren said: “There was some surprised people at the top because all the other dogs at the summit were much larger breeds to Ralph, and on the way back we had a few people asking if he had made it all the way to the summit.”
Ralph is no stranger to long walks so Lauren knew he would be up for the Snowdon challenge. Their last holiday in the Lake District involved a lot of hikes and long walks.
She said: “We took an easier trail, the Snowdon Ranger Path as neither of us had ever climbed it before. But it was really manageable and not too steep for us or Ralph. On the day it was forecast hot weather, so we started walking at around 6:30am to avoid as much of the heat as possible, so on the way up it was really cool and shady.”
Lauren says to never underestimate a dachshund after everybody was shocked (Image: Lauren Lowiss)
Set in Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd, it is the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 metres above sea level.
The Snowdon Ranger path is roughly eight miles with a total ascent of just under 950 metres.
She said: “Ralph really enjoyed it and he loves climbing up the rocky bits.
“We had a stop at the top and then we had few quick breaks on the way back down. You could tell Ralph was getting tired when we had about a mile left, but he still kept on walking and smashed it.
“He slept well that night. He was even falling asleep while sat up when we got back.”
To prepare for the birthday boys’ climb, Lauren looked up the best trails for dogs and looked online at other people’s experiences of walking up Snowdon.
They also made sure they took plenty of water and food as the visitor centre at the top is currently closed.
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