On 4th April 2009, 75 students and teachers from 5 separate teams travelling to Africa with us this summer packed their walking boots and head torches and made their way up to North Wales to climb a little hill called Snowdon as a practice run for the mountain expedition they are doing to either Mt.Meru or Mt. Kenya.
Met at the hostel by leaders and various staff from Outer limits and of course Camps International, our UK Director Matt Lacey and Chris Butler, Director of Outer Limits and more importantly our Head Leader for the weekend, briefed the teams and Marshalls on the night ahead. After approximately 3-4 hours sleep, blurry eyed but pumped up for the challenge ahead, we set off from our hostel in Pen Y Pass at 1.00am in our bid to reach the summit for sunrise.
After 5 hours of walking, talking, singing, laughing and encouragement to those who struggled we made it to the summit, where we all shared an incredible view and a feeling of pride (if a little tired) at what we had achieved.
Then it was back down the mountain, at a slightly quicker pace, to get to the hostel for a well earnt cooked breakfast!
The weekend provided perfect training for our mountain teams as well as a great fundraising exercise and an all round good laugh!
Big thanks go out to Chris Butler, all of the leaders and teams and a big well done to all involved – hopefully we will see some more of our teams there next year.
Mountain teams who climbed Snowdon April 2009:
Lavington School, Southfield School for Girls, Bartholomew School, Ilfracombe Arts College and Amersham & Wycombe College