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Ben Stack summit success for all!

The Blue Chips team work their way up the lower slopes of Ben Stack this morning

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Ben Stack summit success for all!

Tuesday May 22nd 2018

Monday was a pretty wet day, near constant light rain throughout the day and into the evening. It didn’t do much to dampen the spirits though. Four out of the six teams went sea kayaking on Loch A Chadh-Fi, plenty of shelter building was done in preparation for survival island and teams undertook a communication exercise with radios and old maritime charts. The teams did really well, but with the weather that we had had during the day we decided not to wild camp before mountain day.

Today however started with sunshine as the teams were woken at 6.30am for a 7am breakfast before heading off for Ben Stack. The Blue teams pioneered a new ascent route on Ben Stack, heading up Strath Stack from the estate village at Achfary before breaking left and winding their ways up the southern flank of the mountain. The Reds took the usual HH route following the rocky scar that runs the full length of the mountain. The Red Cherries were on the summit at about half past twelve, with the other teams not far behind them.

We returned to the Adventure School for a swim in the sea loch for some (nearly thirty of the kids took to the water) and hot showers for all before tucking into leek and potato soup and lasagne.

The team will sleep well tonight. A great effort today with all the kids reaching the summit!

Tomorrow will see remaining teams kayak, climb, finish off their survival skills and then head off to Survival Island in the afternoon.