After lunch on Friday the keen members of the climbing club departed for the Lake District National Park. A long journey with a tasty sandwich saw us arrive around nine thirty at Glaramara outdoor centre. The centre were so welcoming and showed us straight to the rooms where Kyle promptly declared that the room was ten out of ten. Falling straight asleep they were obviously tired.
A bright start to the day was a wonderful way to wake up. The Lake District was stunning to see. The children started the day with a lovely cooked breakfast before meeting Tom, (their instructor), who kitted them up with harness and climbing helmet ready for action.
We headed out into Borrowdale and wound out way in the minibus down a very narrow winding lane. Walking up through the woods the children got their first glimpse of the lake and location of their morning climbing. Throughout the morning the children learnt to belay and look after each other whilst climbing. It was great to see them coming together as a team and work on their communication skills. After a great morning the children walked to the river and ate their tasty pack lunch before moving to the next location for the afternoon.
In the afternoon the children went up to the upper valley and climbed on Shepard’s crag, famous around the World to climbers. They had the opportunity to look at a new style of climbing and relished the challenge, despite the high wind they did fantastically.
After a long day some games, shower and dinner beckoned. They were very hungry and ate a delicious dinner, a tour group commented how impressed they were at the politeness and manners the children demonstrated throughout dinner. They were then of to bed and were once again asleep in minutes.
The next day was a bit wetter than the previous day and the decision was made to go gorge scrambling/climbing. The children were kitted out with waterproofs and caving suits to keep them warm. A short walk and we were exploring the gorge. They climbed through waterfalls, tight holes in tress and caves. They had the best time exploring and having a great adventure. We then headed back to the centre for a late lunch and got on the road back to school.
All of the children had a fantastic time and could have happily stayed another week. We look forward to the summer and more rock climbing adventures to come.