After a successful year of competitions, NICAS awards and day trips, our climbing team visited the heart of North Wales to make the most of what Snowdonia has to offer.
Pupils began the trip by climbing on a steep limestone buttress overlooking the Dee Valley. Saturday’s itinerary really put their skills to the test, as they scrambled their way up the intimidating north face of Tryfan. Despite the winds, they reached the summit with smiles on their faces and were greeted by a crisp rainbow. Later that afternoon, as the weather improved, pupils ventured into one of the many slate quarries near Llanberis to climb on something very new to them.
The steep, bold and sometimes weirdly shaped edges that make up the despoiled mountainous geology provided a great chance to stretch our pupil’s ability and understanding of climbing. To conclude the trip, the group stopped at RAC Boulders, an accessible bouldering venue that did not fail to challenge and excite. Overall, the trip gave a great range of climbing challenges, styles and rock types in a stunning mountainous area. This was a great insight into what else can be achieved outside of climbing gyms.