Climbing to new heights in the Lake District
24 Apr 2018
Climbing Club pupil Rory Proudfoot (Year 8) shares his experience of the recent PES trip to the Lake District.
We arrived at Kong Adventure where we completed a number of bottom rope climbs and bouldering routes as well as having an unforgettable ice climbing experience in the large indoor freezer. Afterwards we headed to the YHA accommodation where we would be based during the trip.
The following day we packed our rucksacks, had breakfast in the sun, and took the minibus deeper into the Lake District. On arriving in the Borrowdale Fells, we hiked towards Cam Crag Ridge where would have our day’s activity. We spent the afternoon scrambling up the ridgeline, a first for many pupils on the trip.
We were put into small teams where we were tied together for the steeper sections before the summit. Under the watchful eye of instructor Joe , James Mason ( Lower Sixth) also got the chance to lead a group up sections of the 300m crag. We reached the summit in the early afternoon and hiked a different route back down to complete a circular journey back to the bus. This included taking a detour past a beautiful tarn where some pupils braved a cold dip in the water. We went back to the hostel where we rested after an exciting day and were treated to a meal cooked by some Sixth Formers.
On the Sunday we got up early to pack and start the last day of activities. Due to the approaching rain we decided to go back to the indoor wall where we learnt how to lead climb for the first time – it was an amazing weekend.