Perse students climb high in Lake District

Perse students demonstrated a head for heights on the Development Climbing Club expedition to the Lake District.

The aim of the trip was to allow pupils the chance to try a wide range and forms of climbing, with the first day seeing the group scrambling up Sharp Edge on the hill of Blencathra.

Pupils took it in their stride and completed the ascent and descent in under three-and-a-half hours, allowing time for a further scramble up the technically more challenging Jack’s Rake on the hill of Pavey Ark.

Day two saw the group tackle the Via Ferrata route at Honister slate mine before having a go at indoor sport climbing at Keswick Climbing Wall.

Single pitch traditional climbing on Long Rake, a rib of rock protruding from the mountainside above the precipitous Wrynose Pass, provided an atmospheric conclusion to an exciting and challenging trip.     

Perse Head of Outdoor Pursuits Ben Parker said: “I was most impressed with the enthusiasm and energy shown by the all the pupils involved.

“To have completed so many ascents and climbs in a three-day trip is extremely impressive. Pupils were focused and eager to learn.”


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