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Kings Langley head for survival island

The RSSKL team heading for survival island aboard Victoria and Argo

Steiner Schools Week

Kings Langley head for survival island

after rock climbing, abseiling and lobster creeling

Wednesday June 7th 2017

Tuesday’s weather forecast looked pretty daunting initially, with strong winds and heavy rain from lunchtime onwards and overnight into Wednesday. As it turned out, the wind and rain came later than expected and with less force than expected.

It gave the RSSKL team time to spend the morning out on the hillside overlooking Ardbeg Bay, looking at improvised shelters, using old yacht sails and military bivy tarpaulins, ropes and hazel spars.

In the afternoon we headed for the shelter of the Adventure School and set about a number of radio communication and teamwork exercises which will help the teams on survival island.

Today was a much better weather day and we rock climbed and abseiled in the morning, at the crag above the Adventure School and then took to the boats this afternoon, lifting lobster creels and inspecting the catch (a mix of shore, hermit, brown and velvet crabs, a small female lobster and lots of whelks, starfish and sunstars). While out in the boats we stopped at Ardmore to see John Ridgway’s 1966 Atlantic rowing boat and Rebecca’s 1992 Cape Horn Sea Kayak.

After a high tea including bread and jam and cake, the team left in boats again for survival island. A chance to put all they have learned into practice without the help of teachers or instructors. It is a beautiful evening for it, with clearing skies, a light breeze, and it is set to stay dry.

They’ll return in time for breakfast tomorrow, and then off to the golden sands of Oldshoremore for a chance to rest, relax and reflect on their week as it draws to a close.