50 years of adventure and life-changing experiences in beautiful isolation, 1969 – 2019

Creel fishing, rock climbing and rowing boats

Some of the Red Deer team with their catch

Heath Mount

Creel fishing, rock climbing and rowing boats

Wednesday June 12th 2019

Yesterday the teams were rock climbing and abseiling for part of the day on the rocky outcrops above the Adventure School. Four different climbs and an abseil set up to challenge all abilities. Its not just about the climbing, but also teaching the young folk to safely manage the ropes (a process called belaying) which is an essential part of a climber successful ascent of any given route.

Teams also learnt to build shelters from bivvy tarps and old yacht sails in preparation for survival island and took to the water in the workboats to lift creels and inspect the catch, stopping at Ardmore to see Rebecca’s 1992 Cape Horn sea kayak and her father’s 1966 Atlantic rowing boat.

Today the teams will head out onto our wilderness orienteering course that we call ‘search to survive’ and we plan to build rafts from barrels and wooden spars to race on the sea loch.

From about half past four this afternoon we will start to boat the teams out to survival island. Their chance to put all that they have learnt into practice, making their own decisions to survive together overnight. The forecast is for a largely dry day and night, with a cool northerly breeze.