Edward Green successfully gained his British Canoe Union Three Star Award for Open Canoe on a blustery, wet day, which is certainly not a giveaway award!
The walkers who braved the weather managed to summit Y Garn in the Ogwen Valley before decending to the warmth of a cafe and a welcome hot chocolate- the cake selection in particular was enjoyed by Rufus Malim. They were rewarded, however, with the weather lifting for a time allowing a very ‘Lord of the Rings’ landscape to expose itself with a descent into an atmospheric Devils Kitchen.
The scramblers also braved the wet weather and made a spirited ascent of Bristly Ridge before again sensibly retreating to the warmth and comfort of the Pinnacle Cafe in Capel Curig.
Sunday was a much drier day with Leo Banks and Mollie Robinson taking part in a first for the AE Department. They elected to scramble and being in the luxurious position of having two instructors the scramble turned into a climb with both pairs making an ascent of the classic Second Pinnacle Rib on the East Face of Tryfan.
The walkers scrambled up the north ridge under the guidance of Edward Green who was being assessed for his practical A level in Mountain Activites.
The two groups met at the cloudy and windy summit with the climbers having climbed 165m of rock to finish, appropriately, on the summit block. Edward then guided the team down the south ridge before turning along the grassy slopes to finish back at the vehicle. The weekend’s success measured by how quickly the bus became quiet during the journey home as a fly catching competition ensued!! Here’s to the next one in November where paddlesport is also an option!