North Wales Adrenaline Adventure
Friday 4th - Monday 7th May 2018
This adventure is already over half full so don't miss out on a great LONG weekend in Snowdonia!
Get under, over and deep into Snowdonia this spring – spend a high octane, three-day bank holiday weekend exploring deep mines, tackling the rocky paths of Snowdon and scrambling up gushing mountain rivers and waterfalls.
North Wales is home to some of the most extensive mines in Britain, and although they are now abandoned, some of the mines are still open to explorers. On this weekend you’ll be able to spend a whole day exploring these historic sites with the added excitement of some awesome underground challenges - you’ll be amazed at what lies beneath your feet!
You’ll also have a full day to tackle Snowdon, with the option of two routes up to the summit. A lot of myth and legend surrounds the area – it was here that King Arthur reputedly fought and killed Rhitta, a fearsome giant who lived on Snowdon and wore a cape made of the beards of his enemies.
The adventure doesn’t end there – on the bank holiday Monday you’ll get seriously wet scrambling up a rocky mountain stream against a gushing waterfall, with lots of physical challenges along the way. Then if you’ve still got energy left you might want to spend the afternoon speeding down the fastest zipline in the world at Penrhyn Quarry or jumping around in an underground cavern at Bounce Below.
EC adventures are informal, friendly and great fun! They're made up of singles, couples and small sets of friends with ages typically ranging from mid 20s to mid 40s but anyone over 18 years old and young at heart is welcome. Whether it's your first time exploring the outdoors or you're an adventure professional, EC adventures are a great way to meet like-minded people in a safe, welcoming and fun environment.
You're welcome to arrive at the accommodation from 7pm on the Friday where your EC host will be there to meet you, show you around, and allocate you a bed. Then you'll have the evening to settle in and rest up before the start of a full-on, exciting weekend!
On Saturday you’ll pack a small bag with your lunch, get picked up by the instructors in minibuses and drive to the mines (about 25 mins away). After parking up you’ll walk to the mine entrance for about 20 mins up tracks or mountain paths). You'll spend the morning underground, which will be easy but with a few technical elements, such as abseiling and traverses with ropes, and there won’t be any tight squeezes. After lunch you’ll either carry on exploring a different route or visit another mine, getting in a full day exploring underground before heading back to our accommodation for a hearty dinner.
On Sunday you’ll have another early start and make your way to the foot of Snowdon ready for a challenging but incredibly rewarding day. You’ll be split into two groups, one tackling the ridge of Crib Goch and the other ascending up the Miner or Pyg Track to meet at the top of the mountain. You’ll have another relaxing evening and a home-cooked meal once you get back to the accommodation.
On our last day of adventure together on Monday after breakfast you’ll meet the instructors to take you to the start of an awesome morning gorge scrambling – be prepared to get wet! Working your way up a mountain stream with various waterfalls and pools you’ll work with each other to conquer the waters! When you’re done you’ll get a hot shower and the chance to eat lunch before deciding whether you want to head home or take advantage of more adventure activities nearby…
It will be a full-on weekend for thrill-seekers, but as with all EC trips still welcoming to and suitable for beginners. No previous experience is required but to get the most out of the weekend you should have a head for adventure, a positive attitude and ideally confidence in water and with heights. We’ll have to walk a little way uphill to access the mines, and there will be no tight squeezes but there will be a few technical challenges such as traverses and possibly abseils. All the activities are led by qualified and experienced instructors and are suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities, so you’ll always have someone there to support you!
We’ll be spending our down time in the lovely YHA Rowen, a rural retreat in the pretty village of Rowen. It’s a traditional Welsh hill farmhouse packed with character and has real fires so we can warm ourselves up in the evenings. As it sits on the side of a mountain it has great views over the Conwy Valley and across to Snowdonia – if the weather’s good we can sit outside in the garden and enjoy the spring sunsets.
The hostel sleeps 20 and has a well-equipped, modern kitchen with plenty of space to store any food you bring. All bedding is provided so you just need to bring a towel.
All technical equipment for the activities will be provided by your instructors but you will also need to bring extra bits as below.
Mine and cave exploration (full day)
- Small rucksack to carry your lunch and water bottle/flask
- A warm baselayer and extra midlayer / fleece for warmth
- Old waterproofs - they will get dirty!
- Wellington boots and thick socks
- Another set of clothes to change into afterwards
Gorge scrambling (half day)
- Old trainers with good grip (or wellies if you prefer) and thick socks
- Swimwear and a T-shirt for underneath your wetsuit
- Another set of clothes to change into afterwards
- Plastic bag / bin bag for wet clothing
For the Snowdon day, our recommended kit list for hiking is available to download HERE - you can use this as a base to help you decide what to bring.
- 3 nights’ accommodation at YHA Rowen in North Wales
- 1 full day caving and mine exploration with experienced and qualified instructors
- 1 full day guided walk up Snowdon with experience and qualified Mountain Leaders (group will split to do Crib Goch or the Pyg/Miner’s Track, 10 max in each group)
- Half-day gorge scrambling adventure with experienced and qualified instructors
- All technical and specialist equipment for the activities
- 2 x home-cooked dinners on Saturday and Sunday night
- 3 x breakfasts on Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning
- EC Host for the weekend
BOOK NOW to take advantage of our discounted earlybird pricing!
- Discounted Earlybird price for EC CLUB Members - £259 (if deposit paid before 9th February 2018)
- Discounted Earlybird price for non EC CLUB Members - £274 (if deposit paid before 9th February 2018)
- Standard price for EC CLUB Members - £274
- Standard price for non EC CLUB Members - £289
You'll need to pay a £100 deposit when booking with the balance due eight weeks before the weekend.
If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.