2620 Squadron go Adventure Training in Wales

2620 Squadron go Adventure Training in Wales

Top Photo – WO Copeland with SACs Stewart and Spence defy gravity on the Cantilever Stone.

Taking a break from military training, 2620 (County of Norfolk) Squadron recently completed a 9-day Adventure Training expedition in North Wales. Exercise CADAIR GRIFFIN, named after the famous Welsh mountain Cadair Idris that towers above the nearby Market Town of Dolgellau, saw Reservists from 2620 Squadron, together with groups from Marham’s Tactical Imagery Wing and Cottesmore’s 504 Squadron, take part in a variety of challenging pursuits throughout the Snowdonia National Park.

With no shortage of stunning scenery, hill walking groups enjoyed some of the breathtaking views on offer such as the summit of the mighty Cadair Idris and the famous Cantilever Stone in the Glyders region. For those who took part in the 2-day hill walking expeditions, wild camping also brought with it some really wild weather, with high winds, driving rain and almost zero visibility challenging even the most experienced instructors in the Rhinog Mountains and on the 905M peak of Arran Fawddwy.

Once again, the Squadron’s resident mountain bike instructors took groups up to the Coed-y-Brenin Centre to complete some of the jaw-dropping down-hill trails that wind through the forest and, for the real adrenalin junkies, there was also the opportunity to experience White Water Rafting just North of Lake Bala.

Photo – Sgts Scott, Larham, Thomas, Hayton-Williams and LAC Wright get a face full of White Water Rafting.

This year also saw the Squadron supported by some of the instructors from the nearby Force Development Training Centre at Fairbourne. The Centre’s instructors took groups rock climbing and canoeing, providing expert instruction, encouragement and, when the weather turned nasty, kept morale going with a wide variety of upbeat challenges and healthy banter! Additionally, when the weather looked certain to put an end to the day’s activities, the instructors took their groups to explore the slate mines at Dinnas Mawddwy. However, those who thought that the mine would provide a more comfortable option to the driving rain outside had their hopes quickly dashed when the wetsuits were handed out! Moving through pitch black tunnels half full of water, the event proved to be a great leveller, testing the leadership and nerve of even the most experienced servicemen and women and proved to be one of the highlights of the week.

Photo – L/Cpl Batchelor and SAC Read Explore the flooded tunnels of the Slate Mine at Dinnas Mawddwy.

Fortunately some of the evenings did see a break in the wet weather allowing everyone to forget about their blisters, bruises and soaking wet kit with a well-earned barbeque and a few beers. Thanks to the wide variety of activities and some of the best unspoilt countryside in the UK, everyone returned home with a big smile, looking forward to a return in the not-too-distant future.

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