Category: Jez’s Group 2012

Sea level traversing with Jez’s group

At 7:30 we were woke up by Miss Hodgett, it was not great because we were all very tired! We had 15 minuets to get ready, and be downstairs to breakfast at 7:45 so we quickly got dressed and ran downstairs, after a nice breakfast of bacon, potato waffles and beans. The waffles were tiny and ridiculous. Then we had our meeting with Jez to find out what adventure we were going on today, today’s activity was sea level traversing. We were looking forward to all the exciting things Jez was telling us. Sea level traversing is scrambling along the seal level on the rocks Alex fell in first and got soaking wet and then we headed back to the minibus where we had an early lunch, after this we put on our helmets, harnesses, buoyancies and clipped on our cow tails to our harnesses, getting ready for our second part of our activity. This is a rope attached to 2 ropes either side of 2 rocks (which were about 10-15 metres apart) we got clipped on the rope by are harnesses and karabiner and squatted down and pulled ourselves across the rope using our hands and arm strength. If you were brave enough when you got to the middle you could do this thing called ‘twiddle’ its were you do a back flip on the rope and bring yourself up so the rope is on your stomach and your balancing on the rope on your front with your ankle hooked over the rope, you then pulled yourself along the last part of the rope and unhooked your self from the rope once reaching the other side, all of this is called a Tyrolean Traverse.

After waiting for all the others to complete the traverse we did a bit of scrambling on the rocks and then we arrived to a place where we sat on the edge of the rocks facing the sea. Jez told us that this is the place where we could jump in, everyone was scared at first but soon enough everyone was wet! Libbie jumped in first, followed by Gabriel, then Maxine and Caroline, then Alex and Libbie, then Malgozarta, and then Georgia was finally persuaded to jump in and get soaked. Then Jez showed us his skills and did a front flip into the sea, Libbie followed with another front flip and then Gabriel ATTEMPTED a front flip, as did Maxine tried to, but instead failed and was more like a roly poly into the water, then Caroline tried but accidentally slipped in with a loud scream, after everyone was soaking wet Miss Hodgett was persuaded by our group, because she wanted the show Mr White who’s the boss around here and on a count of three she bombed into the water #trololololol~
We headed back to the minibus and once we got back to the minibus we took of our harness, helmets, cow tails and buoyanciades. We were instructed to go and changed along a small narrow path behind the tiniest sand dunes I’ve ever seen. It was absolutely freezing and didn’t help that we were soaked! Alex’s toes went blue and we were all shivering like a hex bug! We all finally got changed into our spare warm clothes and headed back to the minibus for a nice hot cup of hot chocolate, tea or coffee and maybe a bite to eat. We headed back to the Centre all falling asleep in the minibus on the way. When we got back we had to collect all of the equipment and dunk it into a big bucket of water several times and hung up to clean them as they have been in the sea and needed cleaning. Everyone was tired and hungry so after doing this we headed upstairs and had showers.

At 5:45 the bell went for dinner, finally! We had a Turkey roast, with roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, stuffing, vegetables and gravy. Almost everyone had cleared there plates and most people wanted seconds! After this the table was cleared and the dessert was brought out. The choices were either fresh fruit salad or Banoffi pie, which also went down as a success. Apart from being colder than ice and wetter than a whale in the sea we really enjoyed our day it was been one of the best days so far. We’re looking forward to what adventures await for our last day tomorrow!

– By Alex Somers and Georgia Pennie xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Wet and tired but overall fun

Today we climbed Mount Tyfan. It was probably the worst day so far. After about 15 minutes in the mini bus we arrived in the middle of nowhere. It was freezing cold so no one was looking forward to it. We started walking and people were already moaning but we weren’t allowed to stop, so even though we didn’t want to, we managed to get going and carry on.  We got a quarter of the way there and people were falling behind and didn’t want to carry on so they stopped and caught up with the others after. There was a lot of scrambling which was very hard when it was cold and windy. We then got together as a group and carried on going because we had to get to the top, as we carried on the wind got stronger and it was even harder to walk. To give us something else to think about half of the group started singing and making their own songs which were hilarious.  For most of it, if we put one step wrong we could have fallen off. We got to a point where we could stop and eat some food. This place was shielded from the wind which everyone was very glad about as it was about 50 mph.

the last climb up to the top was defiantly the hardest. After the entire struggle to get to the top against all the wind we finally got there and was able to say that we reached our goal. After a group photo we realised that we had to get back down somehow. Jez decided that we would go the easy way down which mainly faced the wind. On the steepest bit of the descend, Georgia killed her walking boots by drowning them in every muddy puddle she could find, even after getting stuck in one. Maxine fell over twice banging her head and Caroline slid down a grassy hill. After all the injuries and people being tired and cold everyone was saying they want to be Alex as she was back at the accommodation sleeping because she had been sick the night beforeL  We finally found a man-made path with was useless as it worse than some of the actual path. We all slipped again and again when we got to the streams which would make all the rocks very slippery. After a while the foot path faded and we had to make our own path up hoping we was going the right way, we then found the normal path and carried on walking to another stream. Finally we reached the bottom of the mountain; sadly the mini-bus was round the other side so Jez had a plan. He ran round to the other side of the mountain as we had to try and stick to the path that led to a car park. At first it was ok; we all get along so we kept together on the path helping each other if we got stuck. The path faded again and we ended up in a bog and it took us a while to figure out how to get across without getting too muddy. We found the path again and there was a beautiful waterfall just before the car park. We made it at the same time as Jez in the mini-bus. Everyone was exhausted and relived when we got to the mini-bus and the toilets. #NearDeath #GoodTimes #NeverAgain

Saying of the day: “If you fall then you will die, so don’t fall” – Gabriel Hampton-Saint

By Kirsty Higbee and Libbie Templeman

THE MOOCHERS (Jez’s group) in the gorge

Hi guys! It’s Maddie and Caroline here!
It’s our second full day here and in our group today we did some gorge walking. It was an early start as normal, at about 7.30am today. We had a warming breakfast, then began getting ready for the day. We had a group meeting with our leader – Jez, and he told us the equipment we’d need for the day.
It was about a 30 minute drive to the gorge, called ‘Afon Ddu Gorge’ which in English translates to ‘The Black River’. When we arrived, we were lead outside and were geared up with harnesses and safety equipment which we attempted to put on ourselves. One of these pieces was called ‘the bum strap’ and we all needed help putting these on. –Not everyone was offering help though!
Once we finally entered the gorge, we were told a few safety instructions, and then set off. The first thing we noticed when we started were the numerous rocks and gushing waterfalls. We all agreed to help each other along, heaving ourselves and others up steep, slippery crevices. A little while into the walk, it started raining, and despite developing what we thought was hypothermia, we didn’t stop! We carried on, and after a short while the rain started to calm down and finally came to a halt.
The first main obstacle we came to was a curved wall that we had to climb across to get to the other side. Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, Maddie (me:D) was first to topple into the very deep and muddy water… But with the saviour of Caroline, (who could walk on water; much like a god) I was saved from the man-eating rocks! We were all smiling though, because as soon as we all approached the other side, Gabriel decided he wanted a quick swim too!
We then clambered onto the next group of slimy rocks nearby a beautiful waterfall. Jez was leading us, and he quickly strolled across the middle of the waterfall, with the water gushing down on him whilst he gripped a few rocks to heave himself across. We then all repeated this step, except it was much less smooth, and not as easy, and much noisier with screams, and generally much worse when we did it!
We soon came to our first break, and we all had a delicious homemade cookie and a Kit-Kat. -Apart from the few that weren’t very hungry. After a few minutes of rest, we soon continued our trek through the gorge.
We then came to the infamous ‘Elephant’s Bum’. Which to be honest, most of us didn’t see any resemblance at all towards an elephants bum…not that we had seen one. Gabriel was first to climb up the ‘lip’, then crawl onto his knees and squeeze through the small crevice. He was then followed by me (Maddie), Miss Hodgitt, Libby, Georgia, Alex, Caroline, Maxine, Kirstie and Morgocia. We then were all instructed to walk towards the steps, on a steep slope, which we then sat down on for a few minutes before moving on.

By Maddie Kear and Caroline Stanco

Jez’s group – Monday