Fourteen 4th form CCF cadets took part in our annual Outward Bound Camp at Talargerwyn during the first few days of the Easter holidays. We were blessed with amazing weather and this helped make the trip a great success. The aim of the camp is to introduce cadets to the joys of adventure training using the landscape and beauty of Snowdonia as the venue. What follows are some key quotes from the pupils that took part this year:’
Lt Col NP David
Gorge walking – the instructors gave us wetsuits and other kit – and we started our ascent up the river gorge. It was good fun and didn’t feel cold due to the wetsuits. At the end we had a jumping competition followed by the bit everyone regrets – taking off the wetsuits
Archie David and Freddie Perkins
Mine exploration – in the evening we piled into a minibus and made our way to the Wrysgan Slate Mine. After a moonlit climb to the mine entrance and stepped into a dark abyss with only our head torches illuminating the 60ft high chamber. In the next hours we learned a lot about mining and geology and emerged having been oblivious to this hidden world.
Toby Thomas and Henry Carter
High Ropes – on Monday we visited the high ropes centre which includes a practice ropes course, some team building and a 50ft fan jump. George Patterson and Brendan Parsons ‘beasted’ the ladder getting to Level 7 in 2 mins 50 seconds. After an exhausting afternoon we finished with a huge bowl of chips – the perfect end to a perfect day.
Charles Joynson and Jon Cheng
Mountain biking – as we got news that Charlie Gillow had broken his arm after a bike fall John Dempsey was on edge now he had the ‘jinxed’ bike. We had a great day on the Penmachno trail and I loved it so much I want to carry on with the sport.
Jack Burberry Casey
Climbing – the weather was incredible and almost too hot. After a brilliant day of climbing and bouldering we had all had a great time but it wouldn’t have been the same without our fab instructor Dave (thanks Dave Lees!) Brendan Parsons and George Patterson
Canoeing – on a marvellous afternoon we ventured out into the deep of Llyn Padarn the lake where Henry lost his beloved Superdry shoe – which sank slowly to the bottom. We took a dip and learned some new strokes (too many to remember by name) but we also learned teamwork, communication and the fun of canoeing.
Jack Kinnaird and Henry Binns
Mountain Expedition – these two final days were very good and this was a brilliant expedition. We traversed the Nantle Ridge just South West of the Snowdon range. After a tough start and brilliant team effort we conquered the first peak of Garnedd Coch. We then had wonderful views as we walked the ridge itself with more ‘undulating’ (to quote our instructor Dave) hills ahead. On the first day we managed five peaks and had a well earned break (and cold swim) at our wild camp. Day two dawned with a glorious morning and with the sun slanting off the other side of the valley we bagged Moel Hebog and before long we were into a beautiful forest then onto the end! Within minutes we were on the minibus with Capt Lucas’s ridiculously annoying prog rock song ‘turn it up turn it down’ ringing in our ears. What an end to a fantastic expedition. Individually a mammoth task but as a team a great experience and great laugh.