The Blue Moons team descending from the East Summit of Arkle this afternoon
Steiner Schools Week
Kings Langley team return from mountain success on Arkle
and news of Sunday’s sea kayaking and survival skills
Monday June 5th 2017
Sunday was a beautiful sunny day here at Ardmore, with a steady breeze to keep the temperatures sensible for an action packed day. The Kings Langley Class 7 are operating in two teams this week, the Blue Whales (instructed by Emily) and the Blue Moons (instructed by Toby). Both teams went for a walk or run along the vehicle track before breakfast.
Cereals, porridge, toast and jam and a cooked breakfast followed before the Moons took to the water in sea kayaks and the Whales looked at the fire and food elements of the survival skills needed before the island on Wednesday. With fires lit from foraged material, mussels, winkles and limpets were cooked, along with damper (a simple bread dough wrapped around a stick and baked over embers).
After a picnic lunch the teams swapped over, with the Blue Whales exploring the coves and bays of Loch A Chadh-Fi by sea kayak and the Blue Moons looking at fire and food.
We sat down together for dinner at six o’clock before heading out to our wild mountain base camp at the foot of Arkle.
The old stone stables at Lone allows us to establish a field kitchen at the camp where we breakfasted before starting out on the climb. Arkle has two distinct summits, and our objective was the east summit, which sits at approximately 760m above sea level.
The Whales and Moons set off picking their way up the open south east flank of the mountain and following the edge of a rocky escarpment with great views out towards the Atlantic. It was dry for most of the ascent until we entered cloud just a couple of hundred metres from the summit and it began to rain a little. Spirits not dampened though as we cracked on the the summit and dropped down the narrow ridge into the col between the two summits. From here we continued down the mountain and back to our wild camp through intermittent and sometimes sharp showers.
We were back to the minibus by half past three in the afternoon for the short journey back to the Adventure School for a cup of tea, hot showers and a review after what had been a challenging but really successful day for the team.
More unsettled weather over the next day or two but the team are full of energy and enthusiasm. More news to come on Wednesday.