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Mountaineers return from successful ascent of Arkle

The Blue Whales team crossing the ridge to the second summit


Mountaineers return from successful ascent of Arkle

Wednesday June 20th 2018

With our deferred mountain day, Tuesday evening became the wild camping night, out at the old stone stables at Lone. It has been the basecamp for forays into the mountains by courses at the Adventure School for nearly 50 years.

The forecast based decision paid off and we had near perfect conditions for the first half of our ascent of Arkle today. High cloud giving us good visibililty but without the heat of the sun for much of the day, and a light breeze requiring fleeces and waterproof coats at summit level only.

The teams picked their own routes up the mountain, showing solid resolve and determination on a day that is designed to be tough, to stretch and challenge the pupils and bind the team together.

The mountain has two summits, linked by a crescent shaped ridge that requires the use of hands in places, not an easy proposition and as the first teams reached the second summit cloud was beginning to roll in, shrouding the summit but adding some atmospheric moments. By 2pm all the pupils had completed the full ascent and were starting to wend their way back down the mountain.

The team will sleep well tonight. A sunny but quite windy day on the cards tomorrow as the team make final preparations for survival island.