Kent Mountain Centre – November 2017

This year’s visit will depart from school on Sunday 29 October 2017 (the last day of Autumn half term) and returns on Saturday 4 November 2017.
Current year 8 students are eligible.


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Sea Level Traversing

The sea level traversing was a good activity. It was fun and (at times) quite challenging. My group went along the left hand side, whilst Will’s went along the right. Mike and Keith were our instructors, as Mr Alderson had been up most of the night. Mike gave us a different leader for each part. We did a few things, such as climbing through a gap between two boulders or jumping across a rock as a wave attempted to knock you off (but of course no-one fell in because we are the kings of hardcore parkour).

Will’s group on the other hand, first attempted to complete most of the right side. First we climb down the rocks but as usual Mr. White went the easier way. Then we had to jump over to another rock while there was water below us crashing against the rocks but Travis and Harrison failed and got drenched in water. Soon after about 5 minutes I got soaked as I tried to jump but failed but I did need a wee.

After doing their own sides, the two groups each had lunch and then joined up for the final challenge. Two ropes were set up across a gaping chasm in the rock, and each member of each group had to army crawl up one and slide down the other. Then after we crawled over, we would stop in the middle and attempt to try and flip our self over. For every person that did at least one flip would win a point but I was amazing at it so I did no flips. However, some of the lesser members of the group did two or more in a row without stopping like Luke, Ned, Miska and Finlay.

After that was over, some of us in the group jumped into the sea, whilst others (wimps) stayed dry and warm. After we’d jumped in a couple of times, we trooped off to the minibuses to get change into dry clothes. Bradley took ages, and the girls got fed up and told him to hurry up as they were coming over to get in the minibus (the boys got changed next to it). That got him moving.

By Ned Naisbitt and William Barker

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Snowflakes in the Gorge

As usual, we were woken up too early, and stumbled through a brilliant breakfast that most of us were probably too tired to appreciate to its full extent. After the glorious thing called food, we were told the numerous things we needed for the day’s activity (namely Gorge Walking).  There ensued a mad scramble for the necessary items (half of which were by then forgotten, but later, sorely missed). We were kitted out with a helmet, a buoyancy aid and a special harness which the group agreed on, looked like a giant yellow nappy, when worn.  We were then sent off to find a pair of wellington boots that was the right size and had both a left and a right boot, a task which, so far, probably came second only to getting up that morning, in difficulty.  The people who were deemed to annoying (namely Hermione and Arek) were sacrificed to the gods of the Welly-boot Room. They were kept prisoner until the sacrificial flame was prepared or until Miss Webster took pity upon them and let them out. Even after the long amount of time spent in the Welly-boot Room, some *cough* Ben *cough* Nathan *cough* still managed to come out with two boots of different kinds, luckily the unmatched boots did not impede their ability to walk.

During the long journey, which we were all dying because of the millions of layers we were instructed to wear, we were all treated yet again to Summers wonderful singing as she harassed Bramble to give her back her rock / During the long journey, we were all dying because of the millions of layers we were instructed to wear (or was it Summers singing?). When we arrived, we engaged in the most dangerous activity of the whole day. Crossing the road. Luckily (or unluckily, depending on who you ask), no one died.

We walked through Gorges (hence the name ‘Gorge Walking’) and drank some “clean” water, according to (horse phobic) Jez (he secretly poisoned it, I know it), from a miniature waterfall. The “water” from the poison-fall was described as ‘refreshing’, ‘pretty good’ and ‘wet’. After we drank the “water” we carried on up the gorge stumbling through stuff and slippery rocks, but we all made it (relatively) safely. Somewhere in this, we came to a bunch of rocks called the Elephant Bottom. We had to climb up the Elephant’s Bum and up its throat.

At the end of the stunning but terrible dangerous gorge we made it to the, finale event, the plunge pool. “Yay”. The plunge pool was a deep pool at the top of the gorge that we could jump into,  if we were brave and careful enough. The first person who was brave (or stupid enough) to jump in to the pool was Summer (our test dummy). Soon after, everyone was jumping of like penguins, one after the other. It took some persuasion to convince Martina to jump, but she soon caved under the (peer)pressure and risked it. “That’s cold!” The understatement of the century.

After everyone who wanted to jump, had jumped, we set of down a road to where we parked the bus. When we got to the bus we had to change out of our wet clothes (in the woods!), which was interesting (and cold). We soon were ready to get on the bus and drive home, at which point Summer decided once again to treat us with her wonderful singing voice but this time, Hermione thought she would also treat us and join in.  Through the day and week, at random intervals, Arek would sporadically spray (more like douse) everyone and everything in a 100 metre radius with his 007  ‘aftershave’ (perfume). Overall, it was an eventful day.

By Lauren

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We first started the day of with a breakfast consisting of pancakes, bacon, beans and hash browns and then we prepared ourselves for the day ahead: Snowdon. As we made the short journey to pen-y-pass. We got off the van and started the ascent up the tallest mountain in Wales. We followed the path named ‘Pyg Track’ at a sustainable pace (really, really slow). While travelling up this mountain, Arek was trying to pull Summer and while all the boys were at the front Arek was at the back with Summer (ahhh). Anyway back to the walking, we travelled up this path until we reached a gate which led to another path which we believe is called the ‘Badger Path’ We don’t know the real reason why it is called this but some people think that is was named after the first person to climb up Mount Everest and he used that path to train for the Mountain. The path was quite simple with only a few rocks here and there and ‘a not too shabby view’ that we could stare at, until we started to gradually get higher and higher up the mountain, nearing the summit with every step but as we got higher the wind got stronger and stronger. We started to put more layers on as the wind started biting at every bit of flesh we had shown to the air. We saw some strange wooden poles in the ground with coins crammed into them which were supposedly representing wishes, shortly after that we passed a strange tall stone called the ‘finger stone’. After about 15 minutes more of walking the wind still picking up and hammering on us we arrived at the summit the wind speed at its highest at this point we all touched the plaque at the summit and stopped down for a bit of lunch at a sheltered part of the peak and then we gradually made our descent back down the mountain. Partway through our descent we happened to see another group storm ahead of us, we said our hello’s and goodbye’s as they continued ahead of us. We continued along the fairly easy path down to the mini-bus pick-up point. As we neared the point Summer, having sung the whole trip started to create her own songs off the top off her head, which was getting very annoying by the end of this trip. As we reached the mini-bus we all cheered as we got to sit down in the bus. Altogether it has been a great trip today.

By Nathan and Sam

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The day we were abandoned

This morning we had breakfast, and all the usual things that the other blogs had talked about that we cannot be bothered to type/list.

Any who we drove to a car park to drop off another group as they weren’t very good with organising themselves and we are clearly the DREAM TEAM (explosions and fireworks) however if you ask a reasonable adult they will tell you we were giving them a “lift” but we all know who was right.

Moving on we then drove to another car park which we then had to walk to “test” our map reading abilities we basically were abandoned and given a certain spot to walk to without getting lost and if we made it we had to climb 300 feet which is torture enough. However if we didn’t make it we would have had to sit tight and wait for a lovely responsible person to come save us AKA Mary (She puts the hard in hardcore, she is amazing)or have Mr white come save us. Also something else you might find rather interesting is that we manage to climb 3650 feet 2624 feet and barely get a blister however get us to walk 100 yards without a reasonable adult and Mr White and one of us manage to NEARLY twist their ankle. Yet AGAIN moving on we then had to climb the 300 feet which was a torturous session which consisted of Mr White giving us ridiculous riddles and perfect puns (look at that Amazing Awesome Alliteration (16 billion points to Miska and Kathy) see we haven’t completely forgotten our education). After climbing we stopped of at broken house with no roof and enjoyed lunch with some memorable banter going on. (by the way the food here is really good better than the school dinners).

Next we walked down the hill ( as apparently something less than 800 feet is NOT a mountain but a HILL) we then walked to the lake Llyn Dinas where we had an amazing skimming competition which the winning skim was eleven skims. Next we had to make our way back to the van which was parked in the car park. You can certainly tell how much the teachers love us by the fact that they drove by us while we had to walk all the way back In the RAIN. We weren’t happy about it I know.

No matter we had a great time and we can definitely say we love it.

By Katherine and Miska

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Snowdon Adventure

mapThis morning we were all woken up by Mr Whites marvellous singing (again) but this time to Shake it off. We then all stumbled down to a yummy breakfast, then once we had stuffed ourselves up with a delicious breakfast we jumped onto the minibus nice and early to the bottom of Crib Goch.

We had a tiring walk up to a point of the mountain where we had to start scrambling and eventually after that we had to hold onto the top of the mountain in order to scramble across the top of the ridge. It was super windy!

We then carried on scrambling across the ridge of the mountain to reach the second mountain’s peak where we had a small bite to eat which was delicious and whilst we were munching away a couple of Kit-Kat wrappers went flying up the mountain because of the forceful wind so we were told.

After climbing our second mountain which was called Garned Ugain, we started to follow the well-known path up to Snowdon, once we arrived we were higher up than we had ever been in our trip and the view was amazing.

We all then descended the mountain, whilst walking down Hope decided it would be best if she hid in a bush and did a wee. After Hope’s adventure in the bush we continued down to the car park where the KMC Head, Mike was waiting helpfully to drive us back to the centre.

After we were home we had a scrumptious Turkey roast with an amazing Banoffee Pie and Fruit Salad. We then went to the common room for a bit of TV time and ended up watching cbeebies as it was the only good thing on at that point in time. Unfortunately, some of the boys (mainly Luke) didn’t feel the same about the choice of program and ended up having a battle of the sad kids.

By Bruno and Nicole

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Trip to Cable Bay

Early in the morning we were woken up by Mrs Webster at 7:15. After a breakfast of eggy bread, sausage, hash browns and spaghetti hoops, we met up with our group leader (horse phobic) Jez so he could tell us what we were doing for the day. We were very excited to find out that we had the choice to either climb up Snowdon or go Sea level traversing, at Cable Bay. After a hard think our group (The Snowflakes) decided that we should go Sea Level Traversing.

Swiftly, we got suitably dressed and ready for our exciting day. Our Group had to prepare many bits of equipment for the day ahead like; a harness, a buoyancy aid, cowls’ tails, water proof trousers and water proof jackets. Then we set off on a long journey approximately 35 minutes on a mini bus to Cable Bay.

When we arrived at the beach, we came across our first challenge, a high wall that we had to climb up the side of (it was slippery and wet so quite tricky!) Ben was at the top as he was nominated to help us up at the last bit. He yanked us up so hard that we almost hit our heads on the ground! But he managed to get us up safely. We then went straight to our second challenge after scrambling over a few more rocks. The second challenge was a tight cave that we had to squeeze through and that to was quite hard because there were small rocks that we had to use to help ourselves down but we made it without any injuries or accidents!

We then had to get ourselves prepared for the next activity ahead. We put on any of the equipment that we needed for the activity (buoyancy aid and helmet) and then we set off. The activity was very enjoyable and was probably one of our favourites from the ones we’ve done so far. The rocks we had to scramble on (that were above the sea) were slightly slippery and rigid but no one slipped in the sea! The scenery was incredibly stunning with tall rocks, green grass and beautiful blue, clear sea. When we were climbing up a slightly more slippery part of rock, we were all distracted by a seal that Mrs Webster spotted in the middle of the sea. It soon swam down back into the water, before we could get a picture, and we continued on with the walk.

After the first part of the activity we then stopped and sat on the top of the marshes above the beach for lunch. We all were hungry and exhausted already so we ate well. We had 2 ham rolls, jaffa cakes and short bread. It was mouth-watering. Our Group then went on to the next part of the activity which we needed our cowl tails and harnesses for because we were going across two parts of a cliff using a rope. It was challenging, but fun and after all the work and effort we were able to take a fresh dip in the ice cold sea.

After we headed back to the mini bus and we all got changed out of our wet clothes and into our warm, clean, dry clothes. We then got onto the mini bus and halfway back to the centre, Summer decided to start making up songs (about trees, bushes and roads…) We shortly arrived back at the centre where we had to shower and put our clothes in the drying room.

That was our fun filled day, full of scrambling, crawling and balancing!

By Summer and Hermione

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