After a fairly sleepless night in the Bivvy thanks to Mr Ellis and his super loud snoring some of us were pretty tired this morning but we had a delicious breakfast to wake us up. Again we had cereal followed by bacon and scrambled eggs. Once we had finished we went to see our instructor who briefed us on they days activities.
Group 1: In the morning we went on the low and mid ropers courses. First we went to the chapel and Rusty showed us how to put on our kit. Next we walked down to the mid ropes course in the forest and Rusty showed us how to connect our carabiners and what to do if we fall off. After that we all had a go on the course some courses were bigger than others but everyone had a go even if it was just on the small ones. People were falling off on purpose and even doing somersalts. When we came back for dinner Rusty told us all the story of when he climbed Everest, it was really interesting.
In the afternoon we went gorge walking, first we went to the store to get our gear and then travelled on the mini bus to the gorge. When we were there we walking up a big hill to get to the waterfall. We climbed through the water and it was really slippy on the rocks. When we got up to the top we were playing in a pool that was actually quite deep, we had two challenges. Our first was to climb on the rocks and fall backwards seeing who could keep their legs the straightest. The second was to belly flop and glide in the water, seeing who could get the furthest. After we finished our challenges we had a go at standing underneath the waterfall. After that we climbed up between two large boulders known as 'the Elephants bum'. We messed around in the water for a bit up the top and then slid back down the Elephants bum. After another short walk we came to some slides which was quite slow to start but then picked up speed later on. It was then time to get back on the mini bus and come back to the centre.
Group 2: Today we spent the whole day in the Mines. It was very dark and wet but it was really cool! We navigated our way through lots of tunnels before having dinner. After dinner we climbed us a big rock face using ropes and a harness, it was really slippy but we all managed to get to the top. The walls had lots of droplets of water, when you shone your torch it made them sparkle. We placed our bags in the corner and slid down a rock face it was good fun but quite scary, however we were attached to a rope so were not in danger. A few minutes later we made our way out and had to walk down a hill to get back to the mini bus, some of us kept slipping.
Group 3:Like group 2 we also spent the day in the mines but our was in a different location. To get there we had to drive and then climb up a big hill and walk through a forest. We entered the mines via a gate and walked about 750m to our first challenge. We hopped into a dinghy and paddled across a small lake which was super deep! After another short walk we had our next obstacle which was to traverse around another lake, we used ropes to stop us slipping in as it was also really deep. Next we had our packed lunches and moved on to our next and most challenging obstacle. We had to climb up a very still rock face using our ropes and it was very slippy. At the top Chris hooked us on to a carabiner and we had to absail to the bottom of a giant chamber. We had a short break with some hot chocolate and chocolate fingers before heading towards the exit. We had to walk up a big waterfall but as their was no moss under ground it wasn't slippy at all. We finally saw daylight and came out behind the forest, we carefully walked back down to the minibus and travelled back to Nant BH.
Group 4:In the morning we did a gorge walk, we walked up a really steep hill to get to the gorge. we followed Amlyn once we got to the gorge and he helped us climb the difficult parts. Their was a part which had two huge boulders known as the elephants bum! We had to climb through in a single file as it was really narrow, it was fun but quite a tight squeeze! We went up some more rocks and arrived at the water slides. Amlyn showed us how to go down the slide safely and we all had a good it was fun but quite scary! Their was a really hard part where we had to climb a waterfall but Jamie was on hand to help us out. At the top we had a great time jumping into a pond area, it was freezing cold but everyone jumped in. We used another small waterfall to have a 'shower'. Finally we walked back down to the mini bus.
In the afternoon we did the mid ropes course. Amlyn showed us how to put on our harness and helmets on and we walked up to the mid ropes course. When we got there Amlyn shoed us how to use carabiner. We were in partners and we all had a go on the course whilst our partner helped to navigate us. We started on the small ones before moving on to the more difficult and high ones. Ella had a few wobbles but no tears were shed, some found it really easy but others found it quite hard.
For tea we had Roast dinner and much to the 'delight' of Mr Longley we had angel delight for dessert. He ended up having 6 bowls as he got all the children who didn't like it to give him their, he has somehow not been sick yet.
In the night we had a rotation of activities. One group went to the tuck shop where you could buy things like slap bands, teddies, tshirts and other sovenriers. Another group tided their dorms and packed for tomorrow whilst another group wrote post cards home. The final activity was to play in the games room where we played table tennis, pool and table football.
Finally the people who are sleeping inside watched a DVD whilst the bivvi whackers made history by smashing our record of number of children to sleep in the bivvy with a superb 25 of us sleeping outside tonight. BEAT THAT MR FRYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By Damion, Corey, Ella, Wiktoria and Isabelle.