Wild Welsh adventure

Wednesday 24 May 2017

This year Outdoor Adventure students had the opportunity to visit Wales for their annual expedition. The trip took place over two weeks with the first group visiting the Brecon Beacons and second group going to Snowdonia. Both groups had a tough and challenging week with some great individual and team achievements.

The first group were split into three and each planned a walk and a wild camp or overnight stay in a ‘bothy’ (a small, basic shelter, usually left unlocked for people to use free of charge). The groups had to plan, organise and then carry out their expeditions with minimal supervision from Shuttleworth College staff.

Group 1 chose to walk to a climbing crag on the first day, then stayed overnight in a bothy before walking out over Fan Y Big the next day. Their focus all week was on making the use of the climbing crags in the area, on their final day they spent time at Symonds Yat climbing the local crag.

Group 2 had a challenging walk on the first day from Pencilli up to Fan Y Big then spent the night wild camping by a reservoir. The next day they took on the summit of Pen Y Fan, a significant challenge with full packs carrying all their overnight gear! On their final day they decided to spend time mountain biking the trails at the Forest of Dean where the students demonstrated some excellent mountain biking skills.

The final group chose to walk from Pencilli, summit Fan Y Big, Cribyn and Pen Y Fan all on day one. This was a significant challenge for the group with cohesion and peer support a key factor in achieving this goal. The night was spent below Pen Y Fan wild camping, not your usual flat grass but a 5 star view. The next day they decided that doing just the height was not enough, so they set themselves a 23km walk back to Pencilli. This tested the group hugely but they overcame this with determination and perseverance (and maybe an ice-cream or two at Talybont-On-Usk). They decided that they would change up their final day activity to be on the water, canoeing to Symonds Yat and back to the campsite at Biblins. Putting their 2* and Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT) skills into practice.

Dan Playford, Outdoor Adventure Course Manager, enthused: ‘All the groups had a fantastic week and achieved a huge amount, the weather played its part but it was the students drive and ambition that impressed the tutors so much.’

Find out more about our Outdoor Adventure courses here: http://shuttleworth.ac.uk/our-courses/subjects/outdoor-adventure

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