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Mountain expeditions return!

The Red team high on Foinaven and approaching the narrow ridge line

14 Day Summer Camp

Mountain expeditions return!

Wednesday August 1st 2012

The three teams walked back along the track to the Adventure School at about lunch time today. The end of their mountain expedition!

We decided to move the expedition forward by a day to work with the weather forecast and so left the Adventure School on Monday afternoon. The teams were dropped off on the far side of their respective mountains (Arkle for the blues and greens, and Foinaven for the reds) with a couple of hours to make a start on their routes before pitching camp for the night.

The blues and greens found a grassy terrace half way up the first slopes of Arkle and the reds camped on a high plateau before the narrow section of ridge that defines Foinaven. The night was grey and drizzly but Tuesday, as the forecast suggested, was a perfect weather day to be out in the mountains.

Early cloud soon rose to leave summits clear and the sun broke through for spells throughout the day, just the right balance, sunny but not too hot.

The reds and blues left their camp in place and headed with lighter packs on their own routes to bag both summits of Arkle, before descending back to their camp for lunch, packing up and traversing across the mountain and descending into the glen below to camp for the second night.

The reds packed up after an early breakfast and set out along the ridge, with bits of scrambling to add to the excitement and challenge, before dropping off the north-western end of the mountain to camp at a beautiful U-shaped lochan (small lake). A perfect way to cool off tired feet.

And today all that was left was the walk out, across a wild and remote landscape of small hill lochs and rocky outcrops and back to the Adventure School. Rain showers followed the groups home but they arrived to hot showers and homemade soup and bread.

Tomorrow is the final day of the camp and we plan to rock climb.