Class 3 Camp June 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday 22nd June

Class 3 set off just about on time this morning, in convoy with 2 minibuses, and 2 trucks and trailers on the way to Snowdonia. Food boxes were loaded (they look like they are going to eat well!) and tents put on board and they set off for the journey West.

On the way they stopped to investigate the Pontcyllte Aqueduct.

Their walk across the aqueduct wasn't for those of the faint-hearted or with vertigo - but we were pleased to hear that the children thoroughly enjoyed it and walked faster than the canal boats! After a refreshing hot chocolate at the Rhug Estate, which Bethany reported as being "extremely hot but delicious" with an aside to say that "Phoebe and Katie had theirs from a new batch which was even more chocolatey!" the children carried out some balancing acts at the Horseshoe Falls.

Kelsey showed great flair for a one-legged balance despite some prior anxiety!

Some stop press news: Mr Denny Junior has reportedly lost the contacts of his rucksack whilst walking to the Falls - fortunately all was recovered!!

More stop press news: There has been much singing on the buses - mostly accompanying Gary Barlow with 'Let it Go!'

The camp was all set up in super quick time with stunning views across Llynnau Mymbyr (two lakes located in Dyffryn Mymbyr valley).

During the evening the children enjoyed a campfire and some freetime, having first enjoyed their evening meals - cooked by themselves! 

Tuesday June 23rd

All the children enjoyed a quiet and restful night - only the midges stirred!  After a 7am wake up call (otherwise known as 'The Hooter') the children are getting their breakfasts cooked and packed lunches made in preparation for the day ahead - climbing Snowdon.

The weather forecast looks great - no wind or rain and clear skies - so Mr Lockley will hopefully get lots of good views!

Breakfast was delicious!  Made all the more enjoyable due to the gorgeous sun shine!

Mount Snowdon - Class 3 are climbing this today and are anticipating great views!  Let's see if Mr Denny Junior can manage to keep his belongings intact during today's walk! They made it - an epic climb that was well worth it as you could see for miles!

Autumn got very excited and decided to cartwheel on top of the world!  A comment from Noah when asked about being on top of Snowdon was "the views are very nice!"

Wednesday 24th June

After another peaceful night the sun's still shining and the camp is dry!  Another lovely view to wake up to!

Everyone arrives at the Plas Y Brenin Adventure Centre where they are looking forwards to doing some raft building,  kayaking and exploring the low ropes course.

Thursday June 25th

Today the children work up to slightly persistent drizzle so it was a 'wet' breakfast which involved preparing and cooking breakfast in the food tents.
All went well though and the children worked really hard together a teams and created a range of hot breakfasts including sausage sandwiches and the 'most delicious pancakes ever' according to one cooking group!
After breakfast had been packed away the children got ready for another mountain walk.  They were heading off to the Devil's Kitchen and up Y Garn, which would involve lots of scrambling.

The route started fairly gently...

....but it soon started to get steeper; they couldn't see the tops of the climb due to low cloud. On the way they got to watch some rock climbers ascending the Idsall Slabs - and some of the class thought that they'd love to give it a go! 

At the top we did get some wonderful views initially as the clouds cleared and we could even see the sea!  Although no one could actually work out which bit of the Welsh coastline it was!

Cameron enjoyed a little 'snooze' and for once we could actually see his face as he had removed his buff which he'd worn desert style for most of the walk! When we had nearly got to the bottom of Y Garn (where we were all looking forwards to a hot chocolate!) we stopped for this group photo which shows the Devil's Kitchen scramble in the background and also Y Garn -  - we were up there!!

After a warming and well-deserved hot chocolate we headed for Llandudno where we all got into walking formation for a local explore.

The explore took us along the promenade and down the pier (but not into the amusement arcades!) because ....we had taken our own entertainment! There was some lively music being played at the end of the pier, and without much encouragement needed, our 2 performers took to the 'stage' and carried out an impromptu dance - much to everyone's (and particularly a local gent nearby!) amusement!

Then it was time for tea - and we set off for the Fish and Chip Restaurant!


The children enjoyed a sociable and very welcome fish supper (along with 3 chicken nugget suppers!) which meant there was no washing up to do!

The adults were amazed at the speed with which Will cleared his plate, and at Kelsey's ability to eat so much - no wonder she went like a rocket up the mountain today!

At the end of day debrief the following comments were made:-

Noah "I think Llandudno is very nice and the fish and chips were nice also!"

Will: "We had some really nice views!"

Cameron: " It has been a nice day!"