Sandra Woodhouse
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Sandra Woodhouse - Rhowniar, Wales, 1975

I was lucky enough to go to Rhowniar, near Aberdovey in March 1975 and had the best of times. In amongst the challenge of canoeing (backwards as well as forwards down a very small run of rapids), rock climbing, abseiling into unlit caves and the regular assault course, I had the time of my life. Meeting a wide range of young people from other parts of the country and from the American bases in East Anglia widened my view of the world after spending all of my life in the small, rural Welsh town of Builth Wells. I laughed a great deal, cried too and, on the whole, really tried to live up to the motto "To serve, to strive and not to yield"�. I was very lucky indeed to be given this opportunity by my local authority and by my headmaster, Ewart Davies, who thought I was made of the right stuff ie someone who could take a tumble on a muddy hockey field, get back up again and carry on. I think he was right in his judgement but the Outward Bound scheme gave me increased confidence, access to amazing activities and the opportunity to make new friends. I recall our amazing trip to the blue lagoon above Fairbourne and a night walk around the ruins of Castell y Bere. I'd like to think that all of that has played a part in my continuing taste for adventure. If anyone of the Carnedd group reads this I have very fond memories and send my best wishes