At the beginning of the Easter holidays, 11 cadets travelled to Snowdonia to take part in a week of adventurous training. Despite some rather trying weather to begin with, there were several successful hikes including an overnight exercise, culminating in reaching the peak of Snowdon. The highlight of the trip was unmistakably a day underground in a former slate mine, which had been transformed into Zip World. After successfully completing two stages of training, cadets were unleashed to guide themselves around the mine on a combination of ladders, monkey bars, tight ropes and zip wires. The last day was spent mountain biking, zooming over the foothills and through Beddgelert forest: with some challenging inclines and exhilarating single-track downhill sections, the day was both varied and very enjoyable. Another group tried their hand at scrambling: a cross between rock climbing and hiking, though more fun than either climbing or hiking alone! We also had the opportunity to give dry slope skiing a go in Llandudno. With a complete mix of abilities, the group had a crash course in… not crashing, before being allowed onto the main slope. Everyone had a great week and learnt a huge amount. Thank you very much to the teachers for accompanying us and the instructors for all their time and expertise.
Sophie C, Lower Sixth