Mountain Leaders QMD Week Snowdonia
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This is a 5 night DIY peer led event at a DIY bunkhouse specifically for:
- Registered MT Mountain Leader Award trainees;
- OutdoorLads Hill or Mountain Walk Leaders; and
- Qualified Mountain Leaders;
to get 4-6 days of 'Quality Mountain Days' towards ML Training log books, or some proper mountain days out with mountain people if you're already qualified.
We'll decide activities on the first night and as we go along, weather dependent. We'll probably do a full group QMD walk the first day. Then we might do:
- Full and small group QMD walks like Snowdon horseshoe;
- Grade 1 scrambles in small groups up Tryfan or similar;
- Practice rope work or navigation;
- Explore other bits of Snowdonia;
- Do your own thing and take a day solo or in pairs;
- Have a day off and gear shop and lounge in Llanberis or Capel Curig; or
- Just head out the door and walk Moel Eilio.
NOTE: The cost is fixed however long you stay, but it's deliberately low and you don't need to come for the full 5 nights if you are unable to.
Accommodation is very basic, don't expect much above a bothy and you won't be disappointed. No TV, Wi-fi, Telephone, Microwave etc etc.
There's a kitchen and dining room; outhouse toilets & shower, and drying room; heating; but no comfy lounge. You can see photos of the venue here: http://www.tymawn.co.uk/ (taken 2012).
Parking: there's no road access, so you have to carry all your stuff 20mins from the nearest road.
Food: Price does not include food so this will be a DIY collaboration amongst us, so expect to shop, share costs, cook and wash up. There are local shops, pubs and cafes in Llanberis. Tea, coffee and milk for drinks is provided.
Dogs: This event is not suitable for dogs and are not permitted by the bunkhouse owners.
Optional: A Telegram group to coordinate lifts, food, and walking ideas will be set up by the leader. Message him on here to be added to the group.
Note: A more "regular" hostel over Easter in North Wales will go live soon!
PHOTO CREDTS: Adrian Schmieder and Simon Hawthorn, and used by OutdoorLads with full permission.
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What to bring
For the bunkhouse:-
- All your bedding (only the bed & mattresses is provided)
- An extra blanket as it's likely to be cold at night
- Towels and toiletries
- Any interesting entertainment ideas for the evenings
- N Wales walking and scrambling guides
For the days in the mountains:
Decent equipment ready for days out in the mountains including:
- Decent waterproofs (jacket and trousers) with taped seams and a hood
- Decent walking / hiking boots
- A rucksack
- Warm layers
Emergency equipment, as we'll be doing our own things: 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.
Hand sanitiser and a face covering: whilst we are living with Covid-19, please bring your own to events to help keep everyone safe
Water: bring at least a two litre water bottle or hydration bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Medium Rucksack: typically around 25-45 litres
Waterproof Bags: keep spare clothing, electronics and anything else dry even when your rucksack leaks. Use Ziploc type food bags or, better still, outdoor activity waterproof bags.
Gaiters: recommended for winter conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters, and carry a spare, dry pair
Walking Poles: always optional, some people love them, and some people hate them, give them a try and decide for yourself
Layered, breathable 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). Bring changes of clothing so you can stay warm and dry
Trousers: no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Waterproof Jacket: 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: stay warm
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: don’t underestimate the sun’s reflection off any snow
Balaclava or snood: keep your face warm in high winds
Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example. Put them somewhere easy to get hold of.
Lunch: bring a packed lunch for each day
Hot drink: a flask of tea or coffee
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
All food and drinks are BYO and DIY.
Bring all your own food for:
- packed lunches;
- ideas and ingredients for shared evening meals (bearing in mind likely dietary restrictions inc gluten free and vegan);
- milk, hot drinks, and alcohol.
There are two grocery shops in Llanberis, but the nearest supermarket is a 30 min drive away in Caernafon. We'll share some shopping, kitty and cooking together.
There are several pubs, cafes and take-aways in Llanberis, a 30 min walk.