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Thursday, 17 March 2016

Choose Your Adventure

Adventurous options day.

Today we had 4 different groups going out to totally different locations, experiencing North Wales outdoors/ underground environments in their preferred ways.

Deep Mine Discovery
Our first group went deep down into the dark tunnels and caverns of an old former lead mine.
Whilst underground they committed themselves to multiple abseils, including one of at least 100ft down into the darkness. All to then navigate along the tunnels, over old walk ways and squeezing through some narrow gaps. A very different experience to the slate mine they explored earlier in the week, none the less they all came out looking far too clean with massive grins on their faces.

Team Miners

Abseiling down into the darkness.

Traversing the old walkways within.

Bed time? Is it night or day outside?

Sea Cliff Exploration
Our second group went out traversing the rugged welsh coastline.
With the sun yet again making a rare appearance in the skies above Holyhead, these adventurers went off to the sea, climbing and scrambling along the coastline, jumping across gaps and hauling themselves over coves.

They even managed to stay dry up until the end. Where the temptation to see how cold the water actually was took over. After leaping in, none stayed in the water too long.

Looking prepared to begin their adventure.

Navigating across a small recess in the coastline.

Crossing a tyrolean over a small cove.

Real Rock Experience
For some students Monday's rock climbing experience wasn't enough, they wanted more.
So we went over to Holyhead Hountain to find some bigger cliffs for them to push themselves on.

Sheer determination was needed, as not only did everyone in the climbing team, climb up and abseil down the 100ft cliff face 4 or 5 times, we also finished the day by topping out of the last route with our bags on our backs. With the blue skies above and the sun shining, the view over Holyhead and out to sea was spectacular.

The realisation of the students at what they had signed themselves up for.

Learning new skills at our first crag.

The final route at the 2nd crag of the day, ascending up and over the top.

Ocean Adventure
Our 4th and final group decided they preferred water to land.

Starting the day beautifully they paddled out to sea in the sit on the top kayaks, exploring the coastline from boat. To then later scramble across the rock cliff, finding the most fun way to cross the gaps and plunge into to the water.
Exploring the coastline by boat.

Tyrolean crossing above the water now.

One, Two, Three, GO!

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