Aug 13-15, Gorge Scrambling & Coasteering-Rhossili Style

Details

Includes:

Half-day Gorge Scrambling & Canyoning plus a half-day Coasteering

(Numbers will be restricted and places will be confirmed based on payment)

2 nights accommodation, 2 AAA Cooked breakfasts, 2 Packed lunches, Guided Hike, half-day.

We are off to enjoy a weekend of exhilarating activities! You could possibly add a morning Surf lesson into the weekend if desired!

Our base will be the home of one of this country most beautiful beaches, Rhossili. From here we will have access to the rugged and thrilling coastline for some coasteering and easy access to the lush green and very wet rivers, falls and river drops of the southern Brecon Beacons National Park.

Yes, that's two very wet and thrilling days of activities with qualified and experienced instructors.

This is a small group and we will be staying in an exclusive use hostel close to the beach so weather permitting we can have a post-dinner campfire.

People have expressed concerns about the water temperature, but having run the same trip in previous years, but at least a month later when the water was colder, I can assure you it's not cold. In fact, the average min/max sea temperature for Rhossili over the last two years is as follows;

• Jun 12-15 degrees C
• Jul 15-18 degrees C
• Aug 16-18 degrees C
• Sep 16-18 degrees C

Rhossili Bay is the first beach to be awarded Britain’s Best Beach by TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice for the second year running, not to mention the 3rd best beach in Europe and 9th best in the world! Quite an accolade when you think that the competition includes Australia, Bermuda and Brazil. So a perfect place to base ourselves and take a relaxing walk after our activities. Plus there's a great local ice cream shop called Joe's!

This is the previous year's Coasteering...and pretty much what you can expect.....

https://vimeo.com/178487324

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Gorge Scrambling & Canyoning

The best way of describing our Gorge Scrambling is a river adventure. We will travel through a steep-sided gorge following the course of the river in various ways and means. This can involve sliding down rapids, floating down fast flowing chutes, walking behind some breathtaking waterfalls and climbing beside waterfalls.

All the following videos are intended to give you an idea on what to expect, they are not all the exact locations we will be visiting - Apologies for the choice in music!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zrj5GBJ7YbE

Canyoning is best described as white water rafting but without the raft. With the guides leading the way, you will descend a stunning steep-sided gorge in various ways and means. This can involve floating down fast flowing chutes and waves and of course jumping off those jaw-dropping waterfalls.

On arrival, you will be provided with a wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet for your gorge walking experience…as soon as you start you’ll see why! The gorge walking and canyoning experience are unique, the company we use have been running gorge walking in Wales for many years and during this time have established the most challenging, exciting, fast-paced and adventurous experience set amidst spectacular scenery.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwTnqvujaNo

Whatever the river does we will end up doing.....be it shoots, rapids, pools, waterfalls, both to walk under and to jump in off.....it's superb!

You also get to see some of the most stunning countrysides in Wales and all the more challenging elements of the day are optional, so those who may not want to throw themselves off a 25-30ft waterfall don't have to.

Coasteering

There’s something very special about coasteering in Wales as it was surfers in Pembrokeshire who originally came up with coasteering as they scrambled around cliffs in the early 1980s. It's come a long way since then and today coasteering is an adventure for families as much as adrenaline-junkies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGr_4LZBF3o

It's probably the best liquid refreshment in the world. Or extreme rock pooling. Or an aquatic nature trail.

In a nutshell, it is an all-in-one experience that treats the foreshore as an eco-adventure playground. It’s about rock-hopping, shore-scrambling, swell-riding, cave-exploring and, yes, cliff-jumping. But it’s also as much about discovering our wildlife and coastline at close-quarters; an intimacy that walkers never experience.

Is it dangerous? It would be if you went alone. That’s why we use accredited operators with the experience to match. Not only do their guides teach the techniques to go coasteering safely, but they have also explored their coasts at all tides, which not only keeps you safe it guarantees the most thrilling wave surges, the most interesting caves and stacks, the fascinating wildlife. In short, the most fun. Guides also know to avoid coastlines when seabirds and seals breed.

Who can do it? If you can answer yes to the following questions.

Are you aged eight or over?

Can you swim doggy paddle?

If the answers yes, then you can take the plunge! Although it helps to be confident in the water, you’ll have a wetsuit and a buoyancy aid for warmth and flotation and you’ll wear a safety helmet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_VyYUWhmG4

The guides love a day when it’s really rough and on those, we might not do a single big jump. But what will grab you is the power of the ocean; you’re in there being thrown around, using the skills you’ve learned to stay safe. It’s a mind-blowing experience. You get times when you’re pushed down into the green room (underwater) and spun around before you pop to the surface. Most people come up with a massive smile on their faces – it’s an experience that sticks with you forever. Then there are the days when it’s calmer and you’re swimming into beautiful narrow caves to explore the back of them – there’s literally no other way to get into them.

We have chosen a day when the tides work best for the experience, but they're no control over the weather conditions so you need to be prepared to go coasteering in mild and rougher waters!

THE WEEKEND

FRIDAY
Upon a late arrival at the exclusively hired hostel, we will have time to relax and enjoy a light supper before retiring for the night.

Accommodation is dormitory-style.

SATURDAY
A cooked breakfast will be served in the hostel with bread, meats and cheese etc. available to make your packed lunches for the day ahead.

In the morning we can take a hike along Rhossili Beach and enjoy the beach and take a stroll towards Worms Head.

We will depart for our Coasteering meeting point, which is close to Rhossili from where we will meet our guides for Coasteering. Our guides will equip us with the safety helmet, wetsuit and buoyancy aid before giving us a safety briefing and departing for the sea.

Dinner will be taken at a local venue where we can enjoy a drink and some locally caught fish.

SUNDAY
A cooked breakfast will be served in the hostel with bread and meats etc available to make your packed lunches.

Prepare to depart the hostel.

We will depart for the 60 min drive towards the Brecon Beacons where we will meet our guides for Gorge Scrambling & Canyoning. Our guides will equip us with the safety helmet, wetsuit and buoyancy aid before giving us a safety briefing and departing for the river.

Depart for 4 hours of Gorge Scrambling & Canyoning (Activities might be switched days based on conditions)

(Activities might be switched days based on conditions)

Depart for home around 2:30pm-3:00pm

FOOD
AAA food quality has become well known within the Hiking Meetup community. We typically greet you with a warm soup supper with cold meats and bread on your arrival on Friday night topped off with a large homemade cake.

You can enjoy Misha’s famous hearty porridge with fruits, nuts and honey both mornings topped off with a cooked breakfast, freshly brewed coffee and juice. The perfect start for a days hiking, other cereals, bread and food are also available.

We believe your packed lunch is a personal affair and we provide you with all the ingredients for you to make up your own sandwiches, so if you want to make your own peanut butter and banana sandwiches here’s your chance. Fruit, crisps and biscuit snacks are also available.

Saturday dinner on this event will be taken at a local venue where a drink can be enjoyed over an a la carte menu.

If you have any special diet requirements please let us know in advance so that we can accommodate your needs.

You will need to bring your own alcoholic drinks in advance, as AAA is not licenced to sell alcohol.

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GETTING THERE - TRANSPORT

AAA events start and end at the accommodation venue so you will need to arrange your own transport to and from the accommodation.

Members have been organising lift shares within the Meetup group for a long time and AAA have also assisted members to organise getting to the destination.

If you want to lift share we recommend that you post a message on the Meetup “Discussion” page that is specific to this event.

AAA takes no responsibility for the lift shares and does not get involved with these private arrangements between members.

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PRICE INCLUDES
£245.00 per person (Up £6 from 2016)

Price Includes:
• 2 nights accommodation in dormitory accommodation
• Friday night light supper
• 2 Cooked breakfasts
• 2 Packed lunches
• 4 hour Gorge Scrambling & Canyoning session with equipment
• 4-hour Coasteering session with equipment

• 1 Guided Hike by the experienced hike leader

• Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection.

Price does not include:
• Transport to the destination
• Alcoholic drinks and other incidentals
• Dinner on Saturday night, we will dine out given we are a small group.

! ! ! ONLY PAYMENT CONFIRMS YOUR RSVP ! ! !

COST. £245.00 per person

PAYMENTS
Please transfer the amount of £245 to secure your place to the account detailed below.

£98 Deposit confirms your place. Balance of £147 due 1st June 2020

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1. Your full name as it appears on your bank account
2. Your Meetup Profile Name
3. The event you are paying for
4. Name and gender of any guests you are paying for.

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If your plans change and you need to sell your place this can be done by advertising it via the discussion page below. Places can only be sold to members of the same sex.

SAFETY & CLOTHING
Your safety is always paramount for AAA London Group!

All participants (members and their guests) on any AAA London Group walk or activity are personally responsible for their own fitness, safety and welfare and must be equipped accordingly. Failure to be equipped adequately can result in accidents and you might be declined from joining some of the more adventurous hikes.

Equipment for the Coasteering and Canyoning/Gorge Scrambling will be provided. You will receive a list of recommended kit that you should bring in advance of the trip. This will include some of the following items;

• Trainers, to scramble over the rocks and get totally soaked and that you don't mind getting potentially trashed.
• Beach towel and spare clothes post the vent
• Try bag to place your wet clothes in
• Shorts to wear over your wetsuit if you prefer.
• Contact lenses, if you wear glasses.
• Cash
• Waterproof camera or go pro
• Carabina, perfect for attaching camera etc to a life vest.

TERMS & CONDITIONS
We have operated over 250 events in the last seven years that have been free of incidents. We have been able to do this through good planning and ensuring we provide experienced and trained hike leaders to ensure events are run safely.

Our hike leaders carry a first aid kit and have undertaken as a minimum the relevant wilderness first aid training.

By signing up for this event you acknowledge and agree to the AAA London Group Terms and Conditions.