Spring Term 2017

Winter Mountain Trip

Snow has been in short supply this winter, adversely affecting this term's outdoor education and learning programme. The lack of snow across the Scottish mountains has meant skiing and other winter sports are currently on hold until more arrives.

Out on the hills   Deteriorating conditions

Regardless of the lack of true winter conditions a small group of intrepid mountaineers set off in search of the elusive white stuff. All were fully aware that if they wished to experience snow and learn new snow craft skills then they would have to travel high into the mountains. They ventured up onto the Cairngorm plateau in cold (-5 degrees C) and cloudy conditions.

Snow found at last!   Mr Duffy peeks out of his snow hole

Ciste Mhearad, high up on the eastern side of Cairngorm, offered the first chance for the group to get familiar with the use of ice axes and crampons. Continuing on their journey to the summit of Cairngorm the students had an exhilarating and mouth-watering taste of some of the delights that the Scottish winter mountain environment can offer. By the end of the day all were very content with the outcome and their achievements. So despite the lack of lots of lovely snow the day was a great success.

Happy to be here

The students returned to school invigorated by the experience and also wishing for a hasty return for another tasting of the beauty and majesty of the Scottish mountains


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