The Perse School

Summit 10 talk from Scott Polar Research Institute

8 Feb 2013

This week students from the PES Summit 10 expedition group were visited by speakers from the Scott Polar Research Institute. The talk was intended to inspire the pupils in their preparation and training for an expedition to cross the entire length of the Brecon Beacons national park in the Easter holidays.

It was a valuable learning experience for the students and included demonstrations of the types of kit used in extreme environments, the types of food that are useful when exerting the body and the importance of being prepared for all eventualities.

A highlight of the talk was the opportunity to try on Antarctic gear from the 1970’s and present day, which can be seen in the photo. In the temperate climes of room 6 the students found the Antarctic gear a little too effective after only 2 minutes!

To finish off the experience students were asked to plan a single days food for their patrol if they were to travel to the Antarctic. Their goal was to construct a menu that ensured each member of the patrol would consume an eye watering 5000-6000 Kcal. In many cases this involved the imaginative introduction of butter to all items of food.

Over the coming weeks Summit 10 will be continuing its preparation for the Easter expedition by conducting further cooking, fitness and hike training.

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