Perse pupils prevail in tough conditions on Lake District trip

Twenty-six intrepid Perse pupils reached their peak as they took on wet and windy conditions during their outdoor pursuits trip to the Lake District.

Ranging from Year 9 to Upper Sixth, the group may have been looking forward to a snowy winter wonderland for their mountaineering adventure but were instead met with storm force winds and driving rain for much of the expedition.

Shrewd route finding was needed to make the most of the students’ time in the wonderful hill walking playground provided by the Lakes. As such, route choices were dictated by wind direction and the availability of hills to act as windbreaks.

This resulted in a south-western approach to the summit of Harter Fell, with the group aided by the wind in their ascent, and a sheltered valley approach to Scafell before a blustery final push to the summit along Slight Side and Long Green.

Younger pupils reached the peak of Slight Side, while older students carried on to the top of Scafell in testing conditions.

At the end of each day, the group headed back to the sanctuary of Eskdale youth hostel to warm up and produce much-needed hearty meals, including a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, including crackers!

Perse Head of Outdoor Pursuits Ben Parker said: “For the older pupils who embraced the challenge, climbing Scafell will hold a strong place in their memories. The atmosphere leant much to the adventure, creating an experience that was as much about conquering the elements as it was about summiting a peak.

“The experience of stormy conditions and physical challenge served as an excellent tonic at the end of the longest term of the academic year.”

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