At 8:30am on Sunday 12th May in glorious sunshine, eight eager A’ Level students started a week to remember, the week would end up including walking around thirty miles, scaling heights of 1050 metres and climbing waterfalls.
Our journey took us to various locations chosen by the students to collect data for their Non-Examined Assessments (NEAs). They included; Parys Mountain, a disused Copper mine, The Afon Nant Peris, Cwm Idwal, Lllanberis and Mount Snowdon. The copper mine was our starting point for the week with water samples taken from the small lakes to test a range of things including PH levels. The site of the copper mine was both beautiful, with all of the rock exposed, but also sad where the mountain had been destroyed.
After the copper mine, we moved on to the Afon Nant Peris for a river study, but not without a quick stop at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch on the way to see what all of the fuss was about.
Day two saw a visit to the SSSI mountain of Cwm Idwal, which allowed for various studies and a good opportunity for revision of their glacial landscapes study. We were also treated to a frequent display of RAF jets training in the skies above us, and sometimes below us.
Day three and four saw studies in Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon, and on Mount Snowdon collecting huge amounts of data, even getting questionnaires completed on the summit. For some this was their first mountain top experience, and was undoubtedly a huge success.