1368 climb Penygader (Cadair Idris) "Idris the Giant"

Well done to all the cadets for successfully climbing Cadair Idris (893m) in Wales taking the horseshoe route. Cpl M, even got to watch 4 F-15's flying through the valley about 600m below. A day to remember; the first in a 4 day training camp run by 1368 Sqn to support their Gold DofE Expedition preparation (assuming we can find an assessor that won't cost us £500!). 

Adventure training is one of the pillars of 1368 training programme. Done well, it builds teamwork, resilience, and self confidence, creating memories that will last a lifetime, and raises many questions in life like "Why do people walk up mountains?", "Is this supposed to be the footpath?", and "Why did I put my water filter in the other bag?" 

Some interestingly Etymology from Wikipedia: The basic meaning of the word cadair is 'seat, chair' (borrowed from the Greek cathedra 'chair'). In place names cadair can mean 'stronghold, fort, fortress' or 'mountain or hill shaped like a chair'. Cader Idris means 'Idris's Chair'. Idris is usually taken to be the name of a giant or, alternatively, it may refer to Idris ap Gwyddno (or Gweiddno), a 7th-century prince of Meirionnydd who won a battle against the Irish on the mountain. Idris ap Gwyddno was in fact referred to as Idris Gawr ("Idris the Giant") in some mediaeval genealogies of Meirionydd. See Cadair Idris - Wikipedia.


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