SNOWDONIA ADVENTURE FOR MARCH AIR CADETS

1220 (March) Squadron spent its Easter break in Snowdonia National Park. Arriving late on the Thursday night, the cadets set up the campsite in the beautiful surroundings of Lynn Crafnant.

1220 cadets at the summit of Cnicht

1220 cadets at the summit of Cnicht

On Good Friday and Easter Saturday, ten cadets and one member of staff completed the Silver National Navigation Award Scheme syllabus. Good Friday was a training day spent in the Carneed region, where the cadets learnt navigation techniques such as contouring, handrailing, and using compass bearings.

The next day they travelled to the Moelwyns to undertake their assessment. After reaching the summit of Cnicht, they used their navigation skills to navigate between Lynns before reaching a disused quarry. From there they descended to the finish point. All eleven participants were successful in completing the silver award.

On Easter Sunday, the Central and East Region Adventure Training Technical Officer joined the Squadron to climb Mount Snowdon.The group took the Rhyd Ddu path and descended via the Snowdon Ranger path. The summit was shrouded in cloud, but lifted sufficiently for the cadets to get a brief view from the top.

Cpl Aleks Deaves said, “It was a fantastic opportunity to climb Snowdon and I am now more confident with bearings and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The scenery was amazing!”

During their time in Snowdonia, the 10 cadets were able to use new day sacks specifically designed for a long day of training in a challenging environment. The Squadron has been able to purchase these invaluable items with a generous grant from Fenland’s Youth District Council.