So May finially came around and my month off from work came to an abrupt end, when I had to pack my entire life into a Peugeot 206 and drive the 280 miles from Devon to a small village in the heart of Snowdonia, Capel Curig.
I’ve signed up for the Centre Assistant Scheme at Plas Y Brenin, the National Outdoor Mountain Centre. It’s a 15 month long contract whereby you give up your time to fill shifts in the centre, from Kitchen to Reception to working on sessions and the blessing in disguise the night porter shift and in return they give you board, food and as much training and assessment they can get you on in the 15 months.
There’s 8 of us, 4 girls, 4 boys. We’ve come from all over and with a huge variety of interests and qualifications, which means that when you have time off, theres always someone psyched for something. The girls live in a wonderful cottage, Crafnant, the boys live in smaller rooms spread around the site. We eat breakfast and dinner together in the dining hall with clients.
Our first month has been a whirlwind of days off cramming in as much activity as possible in the sunshine and training days. The weather up here predicts the activity you do and so far we have been bathed in sunshine so climbing has been the name of the game. Some of the awesome stuff we’ve done far… Some of the classics like Christmas Curry at Tremadog, Tennis Shoe at Idwal, Teaser on Holyhead Mountain, Lighthouse Arete at Gogarth, Notch Arete on Trfan and Spiral Stairs at Dinas Cromleh.
Away from the rock we’ve been paddaling on The Dee and around Anglesey and Sea Level Traversing at The Ranges.
All in all a good month, one down fourteen to go, and the ticklists just keep getting longer.