Monday, July 29, 2013

Freedom Trail Feedback

It's great when people who have experienced the Pyrenees with Pyrenees Mountain Adventure leave some kind words as a thank you. Much appreciated!

20 Years At Rowlyn

As well as leading successful Freedom Trail treks across the border in the Pyrenees, I started my 20th year of trips to Rowlyn in North Wales. Rowlyn Isa is a cottage on a working hill farm just inside the Snowdonia National Park. It is the base for a week long activities based 'adventure week' offered to all the 13 and 14 year olds from Simon Langton school in Canterbury. There is no running water at the cottage and no electricity!

The cottage gets its name, which means lower whirlpool, from the splashpool situated about 1km away.(see top left photo)

Thanks to all the members of staff and students that have done the trip with me over the years and given me such great memories and taught me so much. I love the week and think it is one of the best things the school offers. It really does help nurture the 'leaders of tomorrow'.

My favourite part of the week? There are so many, but hearing the skylarks in full song in the Eigiau Valley is something I have never tired of.

The top right photo was taken on my very first Rowlyn back in 1993. Some of the people in the photo are still teaching at Simon Langton.

Escape Season 2013

The 2013 Escape Season with Pyrenees Mountain Adventure is well under way  in the Pyrenees with 2 successful crossings already completed along the Freedom Trail. These were rerouted crossings because of the large amount of snow that made the classic route unsafe. Day's 3 and 4 took the trek across the border into Spain via a lower col where there was less snow and gentler terrain than on the classic route.

Well done to the Harwich Hardcore Hikers (23 - 27 June) some of whom had never even camped on a campsite and yet wild camped on the trek. Also well done the Dutch 'DOS' Group (16 - 20 July) who completed the trek in their 60's. 

It is interesting to notice the difference in the amount of snow in the largest photo in each group which was taken on the border.