Following on from a great three days in Crickhowell, I was working for Class Adventure as a Team Leader on their Summit Trek programme in Snowdonia. Still waiting for the new camera so no photographs for this one.
The group arrived at midday and after introductions it was time to set up camp and to devise a menu for the next 4 days. With these tasks completed with ease, it was soon time to head of for a familiarisation walk around Bwlch Tryfan. Unfortunately,the weather closed in a little which curtailed the walk but by the time we arrived back at our case Wern Gof Uchaf our provisions had arrived courtesy of Ian. After dinner, team games were arranged before signing off for the night.
Our objective for today was to climb Tryfan (915m) via the Heather Terrace path which provides a pleasant but easy scramble up the mountain. Some of the group were a little apprehensive in the morning as from our base the mountain looks particularly impressive and intimidating. However, I’m pleased to say that all the group made it to the summit and when reviewing the day where particularly pleased / proud of their achievements. The evening was finished with dinner and team games before retiring for the night.
Being in Snowdonia, most folk wish to climb the highest peak Snowdon or to give its proper name Yr Wyfdda (1085m). There are many ways up the mountain by our route was to start at Pen Y Pass and walk out on the Miners Track before heading off left to take in Y Lliwedd (898m) which requires a bit of scrambling to reach the summit. After descending, its a short climb up some very loose scree before before the cafe and Yr Wydffa summit is reached. From the summit we descended to Llanberris via the mountain path that runs alongside the railway.
This was tough day out for the group and one that many adults would have struggled with but despite being tired the team cooked their evening meal and still had enough energy to play a few games before turning in for the night.
With the group leaving at mid morning, we decamped in what could only be called relentless wet weather. Despite this the team remained in good spirits and were still buzzing from the achievements of the last three days.
I really enjoyed this course and working with Ian really allowed me to sharpen up my facilitation skills which can only add to my outdoor experiences.