June 2016 saw a week full of action, adventure and activities for the cadets of 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn. Cadets from around Warwickshire and Birmingham joined the seven 487 crew for an amazing camp in Capel Curig, North Wales.
Wales is renowned for heavy rain, thunderstorms, cold wind and snow, however this was not the case on this occasion. The sun was beaming down at 25 degrees, making multiple applications of sun cream a necessity. “I really wanted a suntan, but I’ll wear a fleece!” commented Cdt Cpl Toni Malone. The sun served to make the action packed week feel like a holiday.
There was gorge walking, mountain hiking in Snowdon and Tryfan, kayaking and a whole lot more besides. The gorge walking was a favourite of many, being a very exciting and interesting hands-on experience, with learning about an array of plants thrown into the mix. The instructor advised not to eat more than a leaf of wild garlic, but unfortunately for the people in Cdt Cpl Tom Wilkes’ dorm he devoured two leaves. The hiking, scrambling and navigating involved in the mountain climbing hit a chord with the young garlicky Cpl, who now has his sights set on a Mountain Leader’s course.
Overall the week at Capel Curig was a very exciting and interesting week, with many of the cadets commenting, “This is one of the best camps I’ve ever been on.”