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Arkle summiteers return

The team on Arkles second summit

Todd Team

Arkle summiteers return

Tuesday August 27th 2019

The boys and girls spent Sunday night at Lone, the old stone stables at the foot of Arkle. The building has been the base for lots of forays into the mountains over the last 50 years and this week would be no different.

Waking early the team cooked breakfast with Tim in the field kitchen side of the stables before packing up and setting off up the mountain.

Arkle has two summits, the first gained by picking a line up the open south east facing slopes of the mountain, and the second by dropping down into the col that links the two summits together. From the col the ridge gradually narrows with a crenelated section requiring a little more care and team work. With the two summits combined the day requires over 950m of ascent. The boys and girls took it all in their stride and made great time under blue skies.

We were back at the Adventure School by 4.30pm with time to swim before supper.

Today is ‘search to survive’, the wilderness orienteering course that will see the team work in small squads without direct oversight. A chance to start making their own decisions. Later in the day we will head out in the workboats to pull lobster creels, fish for mackerel and see the 1966 Atlantic rowing boat.

All are well and on good form. So much chat, lots of laughing!