Monday 19 May 2014
Year 6 have safely arrived in Llanberis, North Wales after a pleasant journey. They are now all ready for a Bushcraft lunch which will be prepared for them.
Had a lovely lunch of fajitas and then set out into the pouring rain and thunder! Children settled into their tents and have been preparing for an overnight expedition on Snowdon tomorrow.
Children enjoyed spaghetti bolognese and home-made garlic bread for supper on their first night. Fantastic views, as you can see from the photographs. Getting prepared today for overnight camp to Snowdon. It is still raining!
Tuesday 20 May 2014
Woke up at 5am to more glorious rain! The children enjoyed their first night sleeping in their tents. All good, no homesickness...only from the teachers! Breakfast was pancakes, bacon and maple syrup.
Today the group are doing a six mile trek around Snowdon and setting up camp for an overnight stay, followed by the trek down tomorrow and back to centre.
Wednesday 21 May
After an extremely wet, windy and cold night camped on the side of the mountain the children woke in good spirits. The weather was improving by the minute and by 7am the sun was starting to break through the clouds.
After breakfast camp was tidied away, with the children being responsible for dismantling and packing their tents ready for the trek to the summit of Moel Siabod. This mountain was chosen due to the poor weather conditions on Snowdon. At 872m the summit provided fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding area and proved to be a difficult, yet rewarding climb.
The children then faced a four hour descent to their pick up point. In many ways this was more challenging than the actual ascent, as the ground was changeable and uneven in many places. Despite some tired legs and backs everyone made it safely down to be picked up by the waiting coach. Once back at the bunk house the children couldn't relax as they had to unpack and check their kit, as well as re-pitching their tents to air.
The 2 day expedition gave the children a real insight into the difficulties and achievement of climbing and camping in a mountain environment.
Today, the children will be climbing, abseiling and learning about local flora and fauna. Let's hope it's also an enjoyable birthday for Mr Dawson!
Thursday 22 May
The children made their way to a local crag for a day of abseiling, climbing, bouldering and a nature walk.
The weather was kind to us and everyone had a great last day of activities. The challenge of climbing and abseiling on an actual rock face as opposed to using a climbing wall was a great experience and a first for most of the children.
Everyone rose to the challenge and conquered their fears of leaning back into the unknown before abseiling down to the ground. The sprightly Mr Dawson was a fine example of how to look good in a harness as he scampered down the rock face!
Our last evening meal was a delicious dinner of roast lamb and dauphinoise potatoes followed by a fruit salad. I couldn't possibly say how many helpings the staff got through!
The evening ended with the children in their sleeping bags, drinking hot chocolate and watching a DVD.
At 7.15am this morning not a sound can be heard from the tents for the first time this week...lots of exhausted, happy children!