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St John’s expedition returns after a beautiful last day in the mountains

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St John’s expedition returns after a beautiful last day in the mountains

Tuesday July 19th 2016

Yesterday afternoon our two St John’s teams left the Adventure School to start their mountain expedition. With thunder storms forecast for the early hours of Wednesday morning we moved our mountain focus from Foinaven (requiring two nights of camping) to next door Arkle (requiring only one night).

The teams were dropped next to the old hunting lodge at Loch Stack and walked in along stalkers paths for about two hours, to a wild camping spot in the glen on the far side of Arkle. Much like the previous day there was low cloud and mist giving an eerie and atmospheric feel.

As forecast the low cloud and mist had cleared as the teams awoke this morning and the summits were visible again. After cooking breakfast the teams packed up their respective camps and picked their way along the southern shores of the two lochs that sit in the bottom of the glen, then a steep hike up on to the escarpment edge of Meall Aongais and later, on to Arkle first summit.

A nice breeze took the edge off the warm summer sun, albeit nowhere close to the extreme temperatures down in the south of England.

The teams had reached the second summit by about 3pm and were down at the stone stables of Lone, and the minibus, by 5.30pm.

Supper didn’t last long on the plates tonight, with mango chicken curry and sticky toffee pudding.

The pupils have worked hard, had a challenging few days in the hills, and are full of spirit and likely to sleep well tonight!