This course meets the requirements of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Residential, but is open to anyone looking for adventure! Meet new people, develop your skills in the mountains and explore Snowdonia. The course will provide a range of challenges including climbing and abseiling, teambuilding tasks, mountain navigation, gorge scrambling up a mountain stream, a conservation challenge and an overnight expedition and wild camp (weather permitting).

Develop your skills in expedition planning, goal setting, navigation and teamwork, as well as meeting the requirements for the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Residential. The course is based at Rhyd-y-creuau in the Snowdonia National Park, an excellent location from which to access a whole host of special environments, and is easily reached by train.

Activities include:

  • Rock Climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Mountain Navigation and climb
  • Gorge Scrambling
  • Overnight Expedition
  • Bushcraft
  • Conservation Challenge

Tutor: Dan Romberg

Dan Romberg is a full time Senior Tutor at Rhyd-y-creuau, having moved to North Wales in 2011.  Dan has used his passion for exploring and learning about the local slate industry to bring mine exploration as a new activity to Rhyd y Creuau.  Dan is a qualified Mine Leader and has years of experience at leading groups in the mountains and underground in the mines of North Wales.

Example Timetable

Friday 

Arrive 12.00 noon Course registration and Centre introduction (please bring your own lunch)

Afternoon: Gorge Walk - Journey up a mountain gorge, tacking obstacles and challenges as we go!

Evening: Teambuilding challenges and icebreakers in the Centre grounds

Saturday

Morning: Rock Climb - a chance to challenge yourself on a local crag.

Afternoon: Expedition - Preparation for our wild camp – packing, route planning, safety procedures. We will set off mid-afternoon to arrive at camp for set up and dinner.

Evening: Overnight camp.

Sunday

All day: Expedition - Mountain route will depend on weather and energy levels! A mid to late afternoon return to the Centre to get cleaned up and packed away.

Evening: A night to relax after our strenuous hike.

Monday

All day: Conservation Day - working with Snowdonia National Park Wardens, the course will complete conservation based tasks which could include building stiles, fixing footpaths and amending signage - all completed in the mountain environments of Snowdonia.

Evening Centre based orienteering and nightline

Tuesday

All day: Mountain day - A final day which could take the form of an introduction to scrambling or further exploration of mountain environments and ecosystems.

Evening: Campfire reflections, final review and signing logbooks.

Wednesday

Depart after breakfast.

*Please note the order and venue of days may be changed due to factors such as the weather.

Accrediting Agency

Duke of Edinburgh Award

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport

Before You Attend

What to Bring

    • Warm clothing is essential; jeans are a bad idea as they become cold and uncomfortable if they get wet. Clothing might include: Walking trousers x2 (track suit bottoms work well)
      Technical outdoor t-shirt – not cotton x2 (football shirts work well)
      Warm layer such as a fleece x2 - one that can get wet and muddy in the gorge (cotton hoodies aren’t ideal but will work)
    • Waterproof jacket (can be borrowed from the Centre).
    • Waterproof trousers (can be borrowed from the Centre).
    • Walking boots (can be borrowed from the Centre).
    • A pair of old trainers you don’t mind getting muddy.
    • Indoor Shoes
    • Day rucksack (can be borrowed from the Centre).
    • Large rucksack for overnight expedition.
    • Warm hat and gloves (can be borrowed from the Centre).
    • A torch, water bottle, thermos flask and lunch box.
    • Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat for the overnight expedition (can be borrowed from the Centre)
    • Towel (can be borrowed from Centre) and wash equipment – toothbrush, soap etc.
    • Optional – small amount of spending money as occasional access to shops can be facilitated (recommended £5)

We will provide all specialist equipment, but if you have your own you are welcome to bring it.

Safety Information

All activities are designed to be run safely, sites are regularly risk assessed, and adventurous activities are covered by AALS guidelines (Adventure Activities Licensing Service). All staff are experienced in leading groups in the outdoors; they are fully trained in First Aid, hold relevant qualifications (such as RCI, ML Award) and are checked by the Disclosure & Barring Service. The Centre also has a 24 hour emergency duty system.

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