We Conquered The Summit

We recently celebrated our crystal wedding anniversary, wow fifteen years married where did those years go. We spent our special day together with our boy’s celebrating in London. Ian had no idea but I had booked for us to climb over the o2, he knew nothing about this what so ever until arriving there, it was rather funny as when we arrived he thought we was there to see a show…We had great pleasure informing him that we was not going in but we was booked to climb over the o2. Guess what…..We conquered the summit!

Ian didn’t even know where we was heading on the day, I programmed the sat nav and the first he knew about the start of our day was when we arrived in the o2 car park. Once Ian was aware of my well-kept secret he was rather excited and keen to get climbing, our names was soon taken to say we had arrived at the arrivals desk,the forms was filled in and then before we knew it we was all in a room watching a safety video that we have to watch before being allowed to climb. Once we had watched the video we was then taken to the changing area to put on our suits, boots and harnesses, we was then checked to make sure we was safe to climb…..Eeeeek at this point I started to get a little worried and was being laughed at by Ian and the boy’s who was keen to get going, they found it highly amusing. I will admit I am not a lover of heights but was determined that I was going to overcome my fear, where better to do that than climbing over the o2.

we conquered the summit

The weather was hit and miss, as soon as we reached the top the heavens opened up on us and the wind was rather strong but we did not let this ruin our fun.

I wanted to spend our special day doing something different, I wanted it to be a special day spent as a family and have our boy’s be part of our special day. I searched for something that would be different, outdoors, fun and daring, I also wanted it to be something that would make a perfect gift for my thrill-seeking husband, Ian loves heights and loves things that are challenging so when I came across Up at The O2 I thought this would be perfect.

As you can see it was smiles all round…..And even in the rain.

we conquered the summit

Yes we would have loved the rain to have stayed away but it chose to open up and drench us instead……Thats good old british weather for us. But did it ruin our day, hell no!

We all felt completely safe through out the experience we was harnessed up when climbing, even I completed the climb even though I hate heights. We had a guide who supported us all through out the climb and was on hand for support if needed.

we conquered the summit

We learned some interesting facts about the o2 whilst we was there:

The dome is held up with 12 supporting columns, these 12 columns represent the 12 moths of the year.

The circumference of the dome is 365 metres which represent the days of the year.

The dome is 52 metres high which represents the weeks of the year.

Did you know that? we didn’t but do now.

There are a few rules in place before you are allowed to climb the o2 and they are:

You must be over 10 years old.

Not weigh more than 21 stone.

Not have an upper thigh measurement of more than 75cm

Not have a waist measurement of more than 125cm

Must be at least 1.2m tall

We would highly recommend that if you have a spare 90 minutes when you are in London that you experience climbing the o2 if you can brave the height. We enjoyed this as a family experience together to celebrate our special day but this would also make a great day out with mates or even work colleagues.

we conquered the summit

Do you know a thrill-seeker? this would make a perfect gift.

We took on the challenge to climb up at a 28 degree incline, and a decline of 30 degrees. The highest point is 52m and guess what…..We completed the challenge and had great fun doing so.

we conquered the summit

Do you think you would be able to complete the challenge?


  1. First off, happy anniversary! You guys are so brave! I’m scared of heights, there’s no way I would do something like that. I love that you guys celebrated your anniversary with your kids and did something exciting as this one. Definitely something you all won’t ever forget 🙂

  2. Wow, I didn’t even know this was a thing!!! Looks amazing. x

  3. Such a good surprise (although only for someone not afraid of heights!) definitely something different and great that the whole family got to enjoy 🙂

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