SNOWDONIA CHALLENGE FOR MARCH AIR CADETS

Five Air Cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron joined others from Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing to spend a week at the National Air Cadet Adventure Training Centre at Llanbedr in North Wales.  The course involved various adventurous activities including hill-walking and rock climbing.

The first challenge was to test their fitness and mountain skills with a route in Snowdonia climbing both Moelwyn Bach and Moelwyn Mawr.  Later in the week some climbed the 3000 feet high Glyders while others traversed the Nantle Ridge.

Navigation was put to the test with orienteering challenges.  After some classroom work a low level route was completed where they could practise their newly acquired compass skills including walking on a bearing.

The weather was particularly bad on a couple of days so climbing was conducted on an indoor wall.  Here the cadets learned how to belay each other and then took it in turns to climb different routes.  Choosing different coloured holds allowed them to grade their climb and increase the difficulty as they learned.

The hi-light of the week for many was completion of a high ropes course.  This involves clipping in to a wire and the following it at a high level over and through various obstacles through the tree tops.  At the end there is a controlled descent which involves having the nerve to trust the equipment and step off a high level platform.

While at the centre Cadet Warrant Officer Alex Ogden successfully completed the Summer Mountain Foundation Course.  This course is provided by the Joint Service Mountain Training Centre and was instructed by 1220 Service Instructor WO2 James Burnham.  The course provides the foundation skills required for a student to become a competent group member in summer mountaineering conditions and is open to military personnel and cadets.