This weekend a group of our Upper School students headed off to Snowdonia, North Wales for a weekend of adventure, fun and challenges. Unfortunately, with UK blessed with amazing weather, the first challenge was keeping up morale as we waded through the M6 traffic, on our way to the mountains! Before long the distinct silhouettes of the Snowdon Massif and Glyderau on the horizon made the journey worth it.
We arrived in our campsite, in the Ogwen Valley, as the sun was beginning to set. The students, fresh back from their trip to Europe, showed their improved camping skills; before the leaders had even set up their tents, burgers were on Trangias, water was boiling, and the excitement was already brewing.
After a group meeting with the impressive Tryfan looming over us, and a promising weather forecast, the decision was made to attempt a very challenging route, Crib Goch, which is a classic route up Snowdon.
We set the alarms for 06:30 but some were up as early as 05:45, either due to the excitement of the day ahead, or the early sunrise!
The students were in excellent spirits as we approached the ascent to Crib Goch under the morning sun and blue skies. Before long the ridge showed itself and the group soon realised the challenge that they faced. Splitting into two groups we made our way up the exciting terrain up to the beginning of the ridge. Seeing the students traversing it was an absolute joy for our leaders; the achievement that comes from successfully crossing the ridge should not be taken lightly and the smiles and comments were brilliant!
The group were keen to push on and summit Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, where we had lunch before descending down the Pyg Track to the minibus and a well-deserved cold drink!
That evening there was a very tired group of teenagers, and they enjoyed a refreshing swim in a local lake, before cooking up more feasts!
Day two involved a shorter recovery walk, navigation practice and flora and fauna identification for one group and a mountain bike ride on some local trails for the other, before heading back to Gloucestershire ready for Monday morning in the classroom.
Overall, a great trip was had by all!