Mallory Team have spent the day learning to sail on The Outward Bound Trust’s cutter, on Ullswater. They had an hour or so of coaching in the basics before being allowed to venture out to explore the lake on their own while myself and Liz (one of our excellent sailing instructors) stepped into a powerboat to follow along.
The team did an excellent job of working out each other’s strengths and making sure that everyone had jobs to do that they were happy with. It takes a whole team, understanding their roles and working co-operatively, to successfully sail this boat.
They have improved enormously from a very promising start just over a week ago and I’m very much looking forward to seeing where the next week will take them.
The team’s second expedition took them to the mountains of the southern Lakes. We set off on Saturday morning from Stonethwaite with a gentle stroll up the beautiful Langstrath valley and onto Angle Tarn.
First night’s camp was at Sprinkling Tarn, which was true to its name, giving us a sprinkling of rain through the evening and into the night. It didn’t stop the students enjoying their expedition rations though! The next day we set off early and made our way along the corridor route and up towards Scafell Pike’s summit. The weather closed in again and while there was no view from the top, the students enjoyed knowing that they were on England’s highest peak.
Making our way down under Broad Crag and onto Esk Hause we came out from under the clouds that hung around the tops and the team were finally rewarded with some spectacular mountain scenery. After all of the training and testing the group were ready to go it alone and headed unaccompanied down to the camp for the night at the end of Rossett Gill in Mickledon. Several of the team said to me that evening that this was the highlight of the Classic so far- being trusted to walk on their own as a team and getting themselves to the camp on time. It was a highlight for me too, that they’re ready to take on more challenges and be more independent. A real milestone!
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