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Welsh Christmas Pre-trip information

Been before? A few things may be slightly different this time. Take a read.

This includes

  • the plan
  • what to bring
  • where to drive to

Key people:

  • Trip director, Climbing & Activities Co-ordinator: Tim
  • Breakfast & Lunch co-ordinator: Colin
  • Evening meal chef: Colin
  • Chef Advisor: Judith
  • Buddy Co-ordinator: Katie
  • Transport and getting there/back co-ordinator: Matt
  • Venue co-ordinator: Tom

Keen to see what these mean? Have a read here.

Covid-19

Please take a Lateral Flow Test before you arrive and keep the Clan safe. <3

What to expect from the weekend

Times are all subject to change, and are mainly for illustration and to start conversation.

Friday

We’ll arrive Friday night.

21:00 make packed lunches for tomorrow

22:00 Make some plans, have a few drinks and a giggle and go to bed.

Saturday

We’ll have breakfast together, and then head off outside.

We’ll return to the hut for food together, and drinks… and to make lunch and plans for Sunday.

07:30Breakfast people get up and start breakfast
08:00Breakfast
09:00Washing Up
09:30leave hut
16:00Return to hut
16:10tea and showers
17:30Dinner prep start
19:00Dinner
21:00Washing Up
21:45Lunch material prep
22:00Lunch Making
22:45Lunch making teardown

Sunday

We’ll have breakfast together, clean and empty the hut, and head off out.

After Sunday’s activities, everyone will head home.

07:30Breakfast people get up and start breakfast
08:00Breakfast
Clear bedrooms
Clear living room, Have cleaned bedrooms
10:00Clear kitchen, showers
10:30Leave hut
11:00Activities
17:00Head for home

The hut

The hut has toilets, showers, power, bunks, cooking facilities, fresh cold water. It may not have signal at all on some networks. It may have WiFi. There aren’t any shops nearby. We will have to bring everything with us.

What are the plans? What if the weathers bad?

We’ll figure out all plans the night before in the hut.

What should I bring?

Key:
normal text: things you definitely need
italic: optional things you might like to have

Sleeping things

  • Sleeping bag (mummy style sleeping bags with a hood are best in the UK)
  • Pillow
  • Slippers? (see below)
  • Earplugs and eyemask (other people can be loud, can snore and this may help you sleep better)

Activities Gear

If you’re hoping to climb, you’ll need to be totally mad, and be keen to choose your own routes and crags etc. If that’s you, you shouldn’t need a list of what to bring for that.

Outdoor clothes

The weather and time of year is important to think about, but this is the British Isles, we have to plan for all weathers at all times of year.

  • Outdoor trousers (not denim or jeans of any type)
  • comfortable top
  • underwear
  • waterproof top and bottom
  • an extra warm layer
  • hiking boots
  • thick socks for hiking in
  • gloves + spare gloves
  • a full change of clothes back at camp (for being around the hut)
  • an extra warm layer
  • hat
  • buff / scarf
  • swimming costume(!)

General outdoor gear

It’s good to be well equipped.

  • Small rucksack (25-40 litre)
  • headtorch
  • water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • spare batteries
  • suncream
  • sunglasses
  • themos flask
  • midge net / insect repellent
  • first aid kit with plasters, hay fever medication, painkillers
  • phone charger and cable
  • book / cards / headphones
  • walkie-talkies

Washing

  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • toiletries
  • all medication you need
  • towel

Food

Almost all meals are included in the trip price, and will be tailored to your dietary requirements – specifically:

  • Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
  • Packed lunch on Saturday and Sunday
  • Evening meal on Saturday

We already have your dietary requirements from the signup form, and everyone will be catered for. If the head chef on this trip (Judith/Colin) has any questions or queries, they’ll be in touch directly.

Drinks

All drinks (except tap water!) are not included in the price of the trip. Bring your own Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Where am I driving to?

You are headed precisely to here, but read on for a second.

Caseg Fraith, A5, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0EU

Parking

Parking is quite limited and some cars will need to park on the road here. We will try to organise this.

If you’re first to arrive

If you are the first one there, or likely to be – please message Tom Rowley/Tim directly for info of how to get inside.

Where to sleep

We have the hut to ourselves. We don’t segregate on perceived differences, put your sleeping bag in a bunk to reserve that as your place to sleep.

Questions

Got any questions? Suggestions? Not sure if something you have is suitable? Ask in the group chat and we’ll reply super quickly – always happy to clarify things.