Category: Snowflakes 2019

A day in the gorge

Today we went and did the most drenching thing ever. The beautiful but deadly gorge. The gorge that we went up was called the black gorge. It had just rained the day before so the water level and difficulty of climbing rose to a sporting level…but our team was strong and we went up it like a knife through butter. Looking from the back to the left then to the right and the front, were all amazing views. The leaves were like crisps under our feet and they were coloured with explosive oranges and yellows. The trees were leaning over the top like they were protecting us from a greater evil. The water was crystal clear and when it turned into white water it almost looked like the white beard of the rock.

As we stumbled and climbed and fell over and slipped a lot, we stopped and sir had turned around to a bush and we were all thinking, what is he doing, then he turns around and is holding this plant. He gives one to each of us. he says eat them, so we do as we were told we ate them. It tasted like apple… it was called Wild Sorrel. So obviously everyone kept picking it up for the rest of the journey. then after more slipping and falling and getting cold. we  reached the top. We all came face to face with the plunge pool. it was kind of scary. but most of us gave it a go and found it cold but very fun and once we all had a go, we went back to the bus soaked and tired, we had to go down the steepest road in north wales but we finally got the the bus.

By Rowan

Moel Siabod

Wednesday: Yesterday evening, the activities we did were rock climbing, the blindfolded square, the hanging maze and the levitation. The levitation activity was were you had to get every team member on a platform 0.5 meters above the ground.

Thursday: Today we climbed ‘Moel Siabod’, the hill to get to the mountain was dreadfully steep and when we got to the top of the hill to start to the mountain it was very cloudy. The scramble (Climbing without ropes where it is steep enough to use your hands) was very enjoyable and quite tough to get to the summit. The mountain was very beautiful with the cliff edge overlooking a circular pond and a very geometric waterfall which looked out of a video game. The pond was actually an old slate mine and we enjoyed throwing slate and skipping slate on the pond making a big splash and a bloop sound. Then we started to climb the mountain and began the scramble. The vision was really bad because we were in clouds and it was very very white. There was a drizzle of rain and the moisture of the clouds made the rocks very slippy. Slip and slide and slip and slide and slip and die (our song while climbing :). The way down was very annoying and really rocky with a bunch of BEeeeEEHHeeeeeEEE sheep. The way up the mountain though had a lot of bogs and one of our team members fell knee deep in the slurpy mud (Tom) I also fell in the mud, it went half way up my leg 🙁 (Dom.)

After this we finally got back to the minivan and went on our way back to the Kent Mountain Centre, me (Rhys) and Dom ate our brownies and anything we could get off the other people (mini chedderrsss).

When we got back to the centre we cleaned up our kit, showered and got ready for dinner. For dinner we had roast turkey, with cauliflower, carrots, stuffing, pigs in blankets and roast potatoes.

By Dominique and Rhys

Day 3 (Tryfan)

On Tuesday we went rock climbing for our evening activity, it was at a public climbing centre. The group that went were led by Jezz (our instructor) we stayed there for around 2 hours. It was really exiting we climbed up many walls which ranged in difficulty we arrived home at around 9pm then went straight to bed we were all exhausted.
On Wednesday we had a mountain day we were going to be climbing Tryfan a really tall mountain which means three sharp points in welsh.we gathered our kit and met in the courtyard at 9:30 and we where then on our way. During the drive to the mountain we saw some very interesting things including the longest zip wire in the northern hemisphere (zip worlds titan). when we arrived at the mountain there was a large lake to the left of us called lake Ogwen. When we first started to climb it was very cold and at the beginning it was nearly all walking up uneven steps ,it was very tiring. when we got around a quarter of the way up the climbing started this wast the exiting part. we had to be careful not to loose our footing on the way up otherwise we would be sent plummeting the the floor,luckily no one fell every time we thought we might be getting close to the summit it kept going up and up into the clouds.the climb up was very dangerous we had to use all our strength to pull ourselves up the rocks.
when we finally reached the central peak we saw to huge stones which have been named Adam and Eve welsh folk law states that this is where the first people on earth were we were in the clouds at this point.the air around us was very foggy and hard to see though, however from the bottom of the mountain nobody would be able to see us. as we started the decline we were all very tired. the route down was very steep and hard to get your footing so much that a lot of us fell over from this we had to be careful of were put our foot due to the loose rocks that could easily fall.after the difficult part was done we had reached the easier part of the decline or so we thought. on the hill down the was a set of rocky stairs which were awful they were small and very uneven.we all fell over a lot.
we had made it all the way down the mountain then we reached the minibus and were out of the wind and on our way back to the centre and going to have dinner day 3 was nearly done.

By Jasmine and Mei

The Range

Monday night most of us were doing problem solving in the outside area of the centre others went to a public climbing wall outside of the centre. The challenges consisted of ‘Isotope’ , which was a puzzle where you had to pull a bomb of a ring which you could not step inside , the only way to extract the bomb was using the pieces of cord provided and 2 others.

Cutting to today (Tuesday) our activity group went to a place to the west of Anglesey which we refer to as the range. It was a 30 minute drive there with no traffic and when we got there we had a 2 minute walk with our Ikea bags down to sea level. there we had set up our bags and put on our harness’ on ready for the sea level traversal. We climbed across rocks and jumps to the end of where the instructor JEZZAAAA (our nickname for Jez) had placed for us it was fun and exhilarating. While we were eating lunch there was a dog named Genevieve, who was a neek of a pug, ripped Dominique’s roll out of his mouth and ran over to Jasmine and dragged her muffin across the floor and then was tied up by his master and walked away. After that we had fun on an obstacle called the Tyrolean Taverse where we went across two cliff face by hanging from a cord and shuffling along it. There was a trick which you did, in it you would swing your legs round the rope and balance on the top (back-flip) Then crawl across but instead of hanging under it you crawl across it. Hayden (me), Rowan and Mr Stavri were the only ones that successfully did. The next activity that we did was the ropeless traverse (or journey) across the sea level, we made our way down, and walked across the rocks with water splashing straight at our legs and making us soaked. We got to an edge about 2 or 3 metres above the water and Hayden being the degenerate he is yeeted (thrown) himself of the edge and proceeded to complain about being wet and cold (using remarks such as: tHiS iS ThE wOrSt ExPeRiEncE i HaVe eVeR hAd.). After seeing this everyone dropped in instead of jumped and didn’t go down into the water. That night we had pizza or jacket potato.

Hayden & Rhys

The first day and some high cliffs

The route we walked today was called the Nantlle Ridge. It consists of three mountains that all overlap to form a ridge. The three mountains are called; Y Garn, Mynydd Drws-y-coed and Trum-y-Ddysgl. The first mountain is Y Garn. It was the physically hardest to climb because we had to get up to the highest average height to stay there because with a ridge you don’t go all the way down when you switch mountains you don’t go to the foot of it so after the initial accent then the next three hours are not very physical because you don’t go up or down very much. It was all very exciting and even those who were not massively enthusiastic to go up in the first place were very happy to be walking after getting into the rhythm of things. The first mountain was the hardest as I said and when we got to the top, we got a little taste of the first scramble as we went to the EAGLES NEST. At the EAGLES NEST we ate our lunch and then we headed on towards the traverse. The traverse was the most exciting part of the walk, with challenging lips, climbs and amazing bravery from the group. We all stood on this rock and took photos of us staring out to the distance.  As we took in the amazing views, we saw our progress and felt quite proud of ourselves.

The view was a glittering sea, almost like a giant mirror, to our right and the raw power of mother nature to our left. As Snowdon put on its cloak of clouds like Harry Potter and his cloak, we pushed on to the descent. from the top the steep descent looked like a drop of undefeatable descent. as we got ready from a break and I was ignored by a dog. Dom, Reece and Hayden had a great time rolling through the grass. then Dom found his own Minecraft house. Then we walked through the magical forest and made bear noises and Dom did a scream when we jumped out at him. Then we walked along a road and everyone’s feet hurt and then we drunk from a mountain waterfall and then we trudged back to the coach. Then we got back to the KMC and had dinner and then sat here writing these very words.

By Tom and Rowan