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Mountaineering in Snowdonia

Three pupils celebrated the end of their exams by taking part in the Outdoor Education Department's annual expedition to Snowdonia National Park from 11-16 June.

Ruth, Tom and Henry found their enthusiasm rewarded with good weather and enjoyed an extremely productive few days of mountain–based activities. The trip was launched with a successful scrambling adventure on the east face of Tryfan, followed by a morning in the sunshine at Tremadog cliffs, with an extra route squeezed in amongst the crags of the Llanberris Pass. This second day provided all three with the challenge of steeper climbing routes of greater difficulty, which they all tackled impressively.

After a restful evening barbecuing and bouldering, we completed packing for the two-day sea kayaking expedition that was to follow. We began on Monday in Bangor, setting off south down the Menai Straits, enjoying the aid of the tides on our way along the coastlines of North Wales and Anglesey.  With a final push to our destination, paddling into the wind and avoiding sandbanks, we landed and camped at Menai point. A fun evening ensued, with plenty of marshmallows and stone-skimming, as we watched the sun set on the beach beside an open fire.

On the return journey to Dorset we were entertained by three separate radio shout-outs (possibly the highlifght of the trip!). The expedition was an all-round success and everyone involved should be very proud of their achievements.

Dave Simpson
i/c Outdoor Education