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Rock climbing, abseiling and ‘search to survive’

Morning swim team

Kingshott School

Rock climbing, abseiling and ‘search to survive’

before the teams head for survival island

Wednesday June 5th 2019

Today was a day of rock climbing and abseiling, and ‘search to survive’, our wilderness orienteering course.

The Red Deer and Blue Moons were first to rock climb and abseil on the ancient rocky outcrop that sits on the hilltop above the Adventure School. The four different climbs are all of different grades and we taught the pupils to manage the ropes as well as climb.

While this was going on the Blue Whales and Red Snappers were on ‘search to survive’. The course covers just under two square kilometres of wild and rugged terrain and they teams operate in little squads of three or four using OS maps to locate wooden fence posts dotted around the course. On the posts are clues to help them unlock a wooden ammo crate that contains their teams striking flint for survival island. No better motivation!!

After a quick picnic lunch the teams swapped around. We were back down at the Adventure School for a cup of tea and a piece of cake at 4pm before boating the teams to the island.

The island is the culmination of their experience here with us. A chance to make their own decisions and judgments and create their own experience, sleeping under old yacht sails and bivvy tarps, and cooking on small open fires.

The young folk have done so well this week. They have dealt with a couple of days of wild weather and have the reward of a near perfect night for survival island.