Tan-Y-Wyddfa is a mountain hut at Rhyd Ddu in the morning shadow of Mount Snowdon.
A staff team of Petra Houston, Tony Dyson with Mr & Mrs Sims and Steve Shaw led a four day adventure in sometimes challenging conditions.
The 10x Yr9 students ended the 4 days with the skills to walk in Snowdonia in winter and brilliant competency washing dishes.
The team journal reads:
17.02.19 Cwm Ldwal – 2.5miles 100m ascent
Stopped here for short walk with students, but although fine, there were extremely strong winds so walking was strenuous in places. Winds probably gusting to 40 mph. Huge landscape, massive mountains and views up into Devil’s Kitchen
18.02.19 Hafod y Llan campsite – Bwlch Cwm Llan – Rhyd Ddu – 5 miles 400m ascent
Sun to begin with but heading into threatening dark clouds ahead, which led to a hailstorm and sweeping rain. Had lunch in storm shelters just below the top of the pass. Fine walk down through disused slate quarries back to mountain hut.
19.02.19 Beddgelert – eastern summit of Moel Hebog and back – 4 miles 500m ascent
Rain held off for the first part but then came down heavily as we left the farm track and headed off up the mountain. A tough climb up the mountain in rain which eased off as we stopped for lunch, but threatened to come in again, so we stopped short of the summit (made the eastern end of it) and came back following the wall and circled round to the path down the hill and back to the start. A challenging day due to steepness of ascent and rough, boggy and brackeny ground coming down, though sheltered by the side of the mountain and wall.
20.02.19 Caernarvon Castle and visit to KFC
On return to school we got much positive feedback from staff and parents including:
Dear Mr Sims
We just wanted to get in touch to say a huge ‘Thank you’ for taking our son on such an enjoyable trip, keeping them safe and making it so memorable for him. He has not stopped talking about it which has been great for us as he’s a quiet little thing sometimes and we really think it’s brought out his confidence which is great. He went out of his comfort zone going on the trip not knowing who he was going with and to come back with such praise for it speaks volumes. He particularly liked the shelters in the rain, the map reading and walking new areas, along with playing uno in the evening and the KFC of course!!!!
He’s so looking forward to the next trip in a tent which is good as you never know if they will be put off, so just wanted to say a huge thankyou and to say how very much he enjoyed it.
Thanks again for all your time this half term, teaching them new things and for looking after them. Very much appreciated.
Looking forward to the next adventure!