Edge of the Carneddau -Welsh Mountain Weekend
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We are conscious that much of the social time on our weekend events involves drinking alcohol to a greater or lesser extent. Obviously it is never obligatory: some choose to do so and others don't. Now and again drinking alcohol becomes the focus of an event (intentionally or otherwise), and for some people that is not desirable. Therefore, having listened to feedback from our members, and ever mindful of our aim to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of our members, this hostel event will be ALCOHOL FREE.
The Carneddau is a range of mountains on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park and is the largest contiguous areas of high ground in Wales and England. Rowen YHA is nestled on the hillside beneath these peaks and this weekend is a great opportunity to experience a typical hostel event with OutdoorLads and to explore this stunning area during Autumn.
On the Friday night we have a buffet dinner, settle into the hostel and get to know our fellow OutdoorLads.
On Saturday there will be at least one local walk/activity on offer. This could include a mountainous walk into the wilderness on our doorstep. Alternatively, there are gentler options such as Tal Y Fan Mountain, which is accessible to any mountain bikers who may wish to come to event. The event leader will publish more details closer to the day.
On Sunday we will pack up, clean the hostel and then, after breakfast, head out for another short walk or activity. There are a number of local attractions to visit including Conwy Castle, Conwy Water Gardens or even some surfing at the nearby Surf Snowdonia.
There are four places for dogs at this hostel, at an additional charge of £30 per dog for the weekend, allocated on a first come-first served basis (three dogs have now been booked, with one place remaining.) Please make enquiries with the office on firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to bring a dog. All dogs must be kept out of the kitchens, and out of the dining rooms when people are eating. There will be dog-specific bedrooms allocated, so you won't have to share with a dog if you don't wish to. UPDATE: All four dog spaces on this event have now been taken.
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres in a water bottle, or better still, a hydration bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day Rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Waterproof bags: keep spare clothing, electronics and anything else dry even when your rucksack leaks by using Ziploc type food bags or, better still, outdoor activity waterproof bags
Boots: waterproof and breathable hiking boots with good ankle support
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters, and carry a spare, dry pair
Walking Poles: always optional, love them or hate them, but give them a try and decide for yourself
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry.
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain.
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Emergency equipment: the walk leader will bring any emergency equipment required for the group, but you are welcome to bring any that you have, such as additional high energy food, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire (either storm proof matches or a firelighter
Map and compass: the walk leader will have these, but if you like map reading or want to develop your skills, bring yours along
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies, and a spare battery/charger is a good idea
Food & drink
The event cost includes breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Saturday evening and tea/coffee throughout the weekend.
Dinner on Friday evening will be a buffet. Please bring a contribution.
You will need a packed lunch for Saturday daytime - fridge space will be provided where available.
You are welcome to bring your own soft drinks for the weekend, but in support of the alcohol free nautre of this event, no alcoholic drinks please.