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Mountain twin summit success

Leaving the first summit to traverse the ridge to the second summit

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Mountain twin summit success

All teams make both summits of Arkle

Tuesday July 10th 2018

All teams are back at the Adventure School tonight after a challenging day in the mountains.

With the access bridge to our wild camping spot closed for repairs we had an alpine start from the Adventure School this morning and another couple of kilometres on top of the usual route. As we passed the usual camping spot on foot shortly after 8am the clouds were low and shrouding much of Arkle.

It was pretty mild and the clouds were reasonably dry, with only the odd bit of light drizzle. The absence of the sun was advantageous and although it would have been great to have views, their was a great atmosphere created as visibility came and went.

The four teams picked different routes to the first summit and from the summit plateau a narrow crescent shaped ridge leads to the second summit with a fun bit of easy scrambling to test the team work and concentration.

It is designed to be a challenging day, to ‘stretch’ the pupils and show them what they are really capable. In our busy lives today its not so common to spend the whole day on one task, putting one foot in front of the other for over eight hours and keeping each other motivated. The four teams have done really well today and the success on the mountain will stand them in good stead for the challenges of survival island on Thursday.

Tomorrow is a pre-breakfast swim for the Blues followed by rock climbing and abseiling for Blues, sea kayaking for Reds and lobster creeling for all.

More news tomorrow evening.