The Blue Whales team on the approach slopes of the first summit
Arkle conquered by Heath Mount teams
A beautiful day to be in the mountains
Monday June 11th 2018
The team are in good spirits after a superb day in the mountains.
The target today was the summit of Arkle. At 787m it isn’t the highest mountain in Scotland but with a sea level start and two summits to take in it provides the perfect challenge for a Year 8 team. Two of the four teams headed up the escarpment edge, a rocky spur the forms the southern end of the open ascent slopes, and the other two teams skipped up the smooth rocks of the major stream system on the mountain, drinking from the crystal clear pools and scrambling around waterfalls to the first summit.
From the first summit we dropped down into the col that links the two summits. From here a narrow ridge winds its way around to the second summit and we reached the top just after one o’clock. Wispy cloud came and went from the summits but for most of the day we had stunning views out across the west coast.
A quick descent back to the camp and then on to the Adventure School saw us back in time for supper. Mango chicken curry and sticky toffee pudding for supper tonight.
With an end to the high pressure system that has been with us for weeks, and a new low and frontal system moving in on Wednesday, we plan to put the teams on Survival Island on Tuesday afternoon rather than Wednesday. Before that more rock climbing, abseiling and some lobster creeling.