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Mountain success on Arkle

The team at Lone after their ascent of the eastern summit of Arkle (behind)

St Leonards Junior School

Mountain success on Arkle

after the perfect evening for wild camping

Monday May 28th 2018

Sunday was a busy day at the Adventure School. A handful of the children chose to swim before breakfast whilst the others went running out along the vehicle track.

Porridge, muesli, toast and a bacon and scrambled egg cooked breakfast would be the fuel for the first part of the day. The morning was spent rock climbing and abseiling on the crags high above the Adventure School. Four climbs and an abseil with a range of difficulties, some great team work with children belaying each other under the guidance of instructors.

After eating packed lunches at the crag the teams moved on to the shelters part of their survival training. We looked at pitching small two-person bivvies and larger yacht sails to create shelter. Vital skills before survival island on Wednesday.

We returned to the Adventure School at about 4pm for a mug of homemade soup. Shortly after the team were heading for the road and the short journey to the foot of the mountains. We made camp beside the old stone stables called Lone, right at the foot of Arkle. The two teams cooked with their instructors on small camp stoves and pitched their tents in beautiful evening sunlight and a nice breeze.

Mountain day is designed to be difficult. For some a physical challenge and for others a mental challenge. We knew that a cloudless day and the warmest temperatures of our summer so far would make it even tougher. We opted for an attempt on the east summit which has a lovely stream running down half of the ascent route, where we could cool off, drink plenty of water and enjoy jumping across the rock pools and dipping heads in the water. The summit was gained by about 1pm and we returned via the stream again.

A great effort by all today, rewarded by chicken curry and apple crumble back at the Adventure School this evening.

The weather looks good again tomorrow for sea kayaking and the fire and food element of their survival skills training. All are well. More news tomorrow evening.