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The big winter weekend with Plas y Brenin

Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2016, By Betws-y-Coed
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The weekend of the 30th-31st of January saw the second Cotswold/Plas y Brenin Big Winter Weekend take place with 50 customers gathering for 2 days of fun and learning in the Welsh mountains. The concept behind the weekend was to show people that winter walking can be fun and with a little instruction it is well within most people’s ability levels.

Unfortunately the weather forecast for the weekend was somewhat fierce! With Saturday looking the better of the two days a series of walks were offered at varying levels in the hopes of finding snow and giving all the groups a taste of winter and then Sunday could be focused on skills. Teams headed out for walks on the Glyderau, Moel Siabod, Snowdon and Yr Arran and an exciting (some were a little more exciting than others!) time was had. Saturday evening was taken up by a series of lectures, delivered by Cotswold staff, on modern layering for the winter mountains,’ technical equipment-what’s best for you?’, a G.P.S. workshop and a boot fitting/footwear problem solving surgery for those that wanted to drop in.

Sunday dawned and conditions started to deteriorate so most people stayed local to the center and participated in skills workshops. These included crampon and ice axe movement skills which took place on the Brenin’s woodland ‘glacier’, way more challenging than it looked and all groups thought it was a very good teaching tool! The other sessions were a discussion on what to pack with you on the winter hills and navigation techniques; but first, all groups were treated to Spikes excellent avalanche talk.

With the workshops ended, all that was left to do was gorge on the superb Brenin tea and cakes and start some very long journeys home. Everyone agreed that they had had a great time and many asked if it was going to run next year. Watch this space!