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Various activities – choose from Hillwalking, Rock Climbing and overnight expeditions open to all scouting members over 14 years old,  Adult leaders as well as explorers and network welcome.


 Come and try it! (Age 14+)
A taster of, and an introduction to, the mountains of North Wales. Activities will include hill walking (some of the more scenic variety) and possibly visits to places of interest Return each night to the hostel.

 Classic Walks (Age 15+)
Complete some well-known ridges and peaks of the Snowdonia mountain ranges. Three separate days mountain walking with each night spent at the hostel.

 Hillwalking Assessment (Age 18+)
Anyone requiring assessment for an activity permit can attend this course. Please bring your permit application form with you on the course

 Expeditions (For groups of 2, Age 15+)
For those with some experience who want to do special training to increase their mountain skills. This will involve back packing in self-contained parties of two, plus an Instructor, in the mountains away from the main site for one or two nights. (If you want to do a 2 night expedition, you must have previously completed a 1 night expedition.)


 General Rockclimbing (Age 14+)
Rockclimbing will be weather dependent so you will either be doing one day walking/scrambling and two days climbing or two days of walking/scrambling and one day climbing so ensure that you bring walking gear as well. Scrambling will involve exposure throughout the day so please be aware that you would be out all day with little protection from the elements. During the course we will also run through the principles of moving together, roped scrambling up to Mod grade climbing and preparation for alpine style routes. Please detail any experience on your application form. You can also work towards your climbing award, please provide your instructor with the syllabus if you wish to do this.

 Climbing Assessment (Age 18+)
Anyone requiring training/assessment for an activity permit can attend this course but if the weather is poor we will only climb for one day and go walking/scrambling on the others (bring walking gear as well!) therefore, we will be unable to complete your training/assessment and you will need to arrange with your instructor to complete it at another time. Please ensure that you state on your form that you require training/assessment and email your log book and application form to Nigel How esmatCMA@essexscouts.org.uk.

 Single Pitch Award
Training can be arranged for this award. Applicants must be over 18, registered with the MLTE and have the relevant lead climbing experience as well as a current first aid certificate. Please see the MLTE website for full details of eligibility. This course will only run if there are sufficient applicants and an outside trainer or assessor can be sourced. Please email Nigel How esmatCMA@essexscouts.org.uk to discuss.

NB. You will almost certainly walk in to your climbs and, on occasion, may be taken on a mountain walk.  Always have your walking gear with you, as well as your climbing gear.
What’s it going to cost?

Price is £60 per person, which includes:

 Your choice of walking or climbing course led by ESMAT instructors (from the list on the page 1 of this letter)
 Use of Equipment (for climbing courses)
 Indoor accommodation with heated showers
 Breakfast, evening meals and hot drinks (cutlery and crockery provided)

What do I need?

 Walking gear
 Sleeping bag
 Packed lunches for four days and food for Thursday evening if required

Where are we staying?

We are staying at Felin Bach Centre, Caernarfon, North Wales (near Snowdon). (Map ref SH504622, postcode LL55 2SL). Please note that the indoor accommodation is allocated on a first come, first served basis.
How to get there

Please try to arrange your own transport by sharing cars and minibuses and let us know if you have any spare places. If you are having problems getting transport, we will try to help. There is limited parking, so fewer vehicles the better.

You should arrive Thursday evening (13th April); the event starts after breakfast on Friday morning and finishes on Monday morning (17th April)

How to Book

Please note:

 Under 18 year olds are to be accompanied by a named adult leader who is to be responsible for them when NOT out on the hills.
 Course members and their Leaders are responsible for the journeys to and from the courses.
 ESMAT cannot arrange transport for individuals or groups.
 Please arrive at the Centre on Thursday evening (13th April) as the courses start Friday AM.
 Anyone requiring assessment for an activity permit can attend this course.
 A confirmation letter will be issued to applicants upon receipt of fully completed forms and payment.
One application form per person (either Hill Walking or Rock Climbing) should be sent to:

Pauline Page, 4 Looe Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 9QB. 

[To arrive no later than 16th March 2017]


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