Week 10 at Plas y Brenin

01Aug11
  • Cake of the week – Banana Cake
  • Interesting Fact – 70% of Snowdonia is privately owned – (Forestry Commission 16%, National Trust 9%)
  • Best Thing – Filming for the new BMC Rock Essentials DVD
  • Work Highlight – 3 days of MTB with Young People
  • Best Outdoor – MTBing Conwy Mountain, and Reade’s Route on Crib Goch

Summary: It was Young Persons Week (1 of 2) at the Brenin this week…

Sport Climbing at Castle Inn Quarry, Conwy

Sport Climbing at Castle Inn Quarry, Conwy

Monday – MOUNTAIN ROUTE
Lawrence had suggested a day out climbing. With us both favouring mountaineering routes, we headed up Reade’s Route (HVD) on the Crib Goch Pinnacles after scrambling up the first gully behind the Mot from Blaen y Nant, Llanberis Pass. The route was pretty sound, with great situation and a fantastic top-out – a traverse back East along Crib Goch and down the North Ridge.
8pm – I had to be back to run an orienteering session with the D of E Gold Residential Group. Seeing as they were Gold standard, I took them over the bridge to try the harder courses!
Tuesday – SPORT CLIMBING (FILMING)
A change from the usual Brenin shifts, I was lucky enough to spend the day sport climbing with Jill from Bangor University under the watchful eyes of Martin Chester & Jon Garside (BMC). The BMC are currently shooting for their new production ‘Rock Essentials‘ for which Jill and I were starring for the day 🙂 Great fun, and I look forward to the finished product next year sometime…
Reade's Route (HVD), Crib Goch

Reade's Route (HVD), Crib Goch

Wednesday – MOUNTAIN BIKING
Back to normal, I joined the Young Persons MTB team with Brendan – we drove over to Llanfairfechan to take in a traverse over near Moelfre down towards Conwy. Very sunny! Ice creams by the Smallest House(!) and a shuttle up the Sychnant Pass for one more descent!
5pm – a swim in the lake before another orienteering session with the kids
8pm – met up with some friends to finally see Harry Potter 7 part II!
Thursday – MOUNTAIN BIKING
Chris took the group out today – we spent the entire day around the skills courses of Nant BH up in the Gwydyr Forest – some cracking skills coaching and some table-top clearing 😉 My x-country pedigree is threatened! We got back a bit early and having videoed all day I quickly put together a film to show the group at 5pm.
5pm – orienteering session #3!
Friday – MOUNTAIN BIKING
A day that almost didn’t happen, however, due to Paul’s amazingness(!) we took both the pickup and his car to make numbers work for us to all enjoy the trails at Coed y Brenin – got beaten by a 12 year old kid on an uphill race, and the kids generally weren’t far behind on the red trails either!
Mountain Biking on Conwy Mountain

Mountain Biking on Conwy Mountain

Saturday – After stepping in to do a night shift ending this morning, a Stores shift was the order of the day – in the breaks Jim helped fix my bike (tyres/brakes etc.)

5pm – indexed the gears and took the bike for a quick spin down the last section of Moel Siabod (knarly single track)! In the evening, another Torchwood episode – I’m still not sure about this latest ‘Miracle Day’ series :s

Sunday – Reception shift followed by a paid bar shift (have to pay off the new road bike debt see :p)

Some Irish Whiskey to celebrate the end of the week

Some Irish Whiskey to celebrate the end of the week

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