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In preparation for our Iceland Expedition of Easter 2017, we undertook the challenge of the Yorkshire Peaks in our Easter holiday. Setting off from school at 06:00 (yes there are two 6 o’clocks in every day!!) we travelled by minibus to our departure point at the bottom of Pen-Y-Ghent. Our guide, met us there and drilled us on how difficult this was going to be. With the sleep barely out of our eyes, we started the first ascent – she was right! 11:30 and we reached the first summit which was a huge achievement, especially since some students had never hill-walked before! After a little rest, we made our descent and walk to the next peak, Whernside.

The students couldn’t believe that they weren’t ferried in the minibus and had to walk the 8km between the two! How inconsiderate! The second peak took its toll quite early on and the less-experienced walkers lagged behind. Our guide encouraged us to stick together and the group showed real resilience to see it through. We finished walking the 28km of two peaks at 19:00 and then, sleepily returned home on the minibus. It was a brilliant experience and although we didn’t manage the full 3 Peaks Challenge, the sense of achievement we all felt was brilliant, especially through the micro-climate that is the Lake District – we even had snow in April!! It is definitely something we will attempt again and are grateful for Mr Ashton and Mr Mears giving up their time to walk with us.

Bring on Iceland 2017!

Rachael Wootton (Y12 student)