Spring Term 2018

Winter Skills

Report by Reina C, Year 12

I went in with the impression that this was going to be fairly easy and possibly mundane. The next thing I knew, we were getting kit for avalanches and I was thinking to myself “What did I sign up for”...

The Winter Skills group

There is too much to say about this trip and anything I write now won’t do it justice. All I will say is that it was the most extreme trip I have been on and that I have so much to learn, ranging from learning how to walk with crampons, using ice axes, tying my hair properly so it won’t freeze, examining the different types of snow, and so much more...

A personal belief of mine is that my life is defined by small events. I call these small events little wonders. These little wonders are what make me who I am. They are like little invisible fingerprints because they are completely unique to me as a living being. They are chapters in the story of my life. When I look back on my life, I will remember my time at Gordonstoun and I will remember that trip to the Cairngorm mountains where my eyelashes were frozen together with the wind blasting ice shards in my face. Honestly, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. 

Removing crampons at the end of the exercise

From Rhiannon H, Year 12

Reina, Tiggy, Tanya, Fin and I went on a winter skills day in the Cairngorms. It was an amazing experience and unlike anything any of us had experienced before. In white-out conditions and freezing temperatures we learned vital skills such as how to use our ice axes and crampons. Overall, we had a great time and learned many skills and bonded as a service (Outdoor Leadership).

Walking in the white room


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