Week 18 at Plas y Brenin

19Oct11

19th – 25th September

Highlights: Bangor visits for freshers’ week, Carneddau mountain biking, staff training

Summary: 2 days mountain biking, Bangor errands, moving house cottage, er,… more wet weather?

Sun beams grace the Dyffryn Mymbyr

Sun beams grace the Dyffryn Mymbyr

Monday

A trip to Pen-(puddle)-machno for some mountain biking with Dino. We completed both Loop 1 and Loop 2 on an exceptionally wet day! I’ve been falling off the bike more than usual of late and today was no different with a bizarrely mis-judged turn around a up-rooted tree which had me cursing (and nursing) a rather sore hand. Alas, no damage done, and we whisked back to the Brenin. P.S. wooden spoon award of the day was awarded to me for turning up without a helmet! (borrowed a spare paddling helmet off Dino)

In the evening, part 1 of the British Mountain Guide talks…

Tuesday

Mountain biking again, this time with Will and Dino – we attempted a journey of the Carneddau, negotiating a secret descent down via Conwy Mountain – a big day out ๐Ÿ™‚

In the evening, part 2 of the British Mountain Guide talks…

Staff training on the Plas y Brenin low-ropes course

Staff training on the Plas y Brenin low-ropes course

Wednesday – Thursday

These two days were reserved for Bangor Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair and generally catching up with old friends/colleagues from Bangor. Great to see many old faces around Bangor University!

Friday

Staff training today – we were introduced to taking groups up (down?) the Abseil Tower, and around the Low Ropes course. It’s easy to forget these excellent facilities exist at the Brenin, hidden in the woods just over the road! In the afternoon I managed to get ‘sea-sick’ hanging around on the end of a rope I was prussiking up and down… *sigh*.

Another trip to Bangor that evening to catch up with Gemma & Gordon, Tom L, Gemma, and Domino’s Pizza! (free student special of course!)

A rainbow over the Llynau Mymbyr

A rainbow over the Llynau Mymbyr

Saturday

Reception/Outdoor Partnership helping! Generally helping around the centre today, and got to see two awesome talks/lectures off Zac Pierce (GB Jnr Ski Team), and Ioan Doyle (local sponsored climber). Helena and Oli, local orienteering gurus, also helped me with the ongoing orienteering course project by training me up on OCAD and Purple Pen (computer software).

In other news, the British Mountain Guide trainees (who have been referred to a few times in this blog already) completed their summer training!

Sunday

We’ve moved into the new cottage – it’s great! Nice to have a lounge, kitchen, and a longer-term pad!

Spooks…

Mountain biking sheep...

Mountain biking sheep...

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