Sunday, 14 August 2011

Oggie 8 Challenge

Oggie 8 Challenge
On Saturday 6th August myself, Mike Peacock, Rachel Kingham (PhD students from CEH Bangor and Bangor University) and Gareth Harvey (Bangor University) took part in the Oggie 8 Challenge as the team ‘Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies’. The challenge involves conquering 8 of the 3000ft mountains that surround the Ogwen Valley. The event is annually organised to raise money for the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue.

The first part of the course consisting of Yr Elen (962m), Carnedd Llewelyn (1064m), Carnedd Dafydd (1044m) and Pen yr Ole Wen (978m) was comfortably achieved within 4hrs owing to ideal weather conditions. After a short break for soup and flapjacks at the Ogwen Cottage we continued onto the second half of the course. By the time we were half way to the summit of Y Garn (947 m, and the 5th summit on the course) the weather conditions worsened and most of the remaining course (Glyder Fawr 1001m, Glyder Fach 994m and Tryfan 918m) was completed in poor visibility and heavy rainfall.

We completed the course in a respectable time of 9hrs 11mins finishing 7th out of 25 teams, and the day was finished off in style with a hog roast and casks of real ale. The whole event was a pleasurable experience and we raised an excess of £200 for OV Mountain Rescue. We are already looking forward to next year’s event.

Left to Right: Mike Peacock, Mark Cooper, Rachel Kingham and Gareth Harvey

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