October saw 36 young people, accompanied by 15 adult volunteers, made the 7 hour drive up to the Lake District for a week of hill walking, climbing and caving. 

Tackling Helvelen, Bowfell, Crinkle Crag and Cathedral Quarry, to name but a few hills, the teams even reached new heights climbing Thornthwaite Crag and Keswick Climbing wall. Even after the walking the adventures continued when they swapped out helmets for wellie boots for a deep dive into Yorkshire caves.

The week proved a challenge at some point to most through the week, either from pushing themselves through new challenges both physical and mental. But each young person proved that with team work, support, friendship and a bit of classic humour they could reach new heights or depths, build their confidence and develop their sense of adventure.

The seven day expedition over the October half term week would only be possible because of a team of dedicated volunteer who have been running the trip bi-annually. The trip starts before the mini bus drive, with local training weekends for the team to get to know one another.

If that sounds like an amazing adventure (despite the rain), then keep your eyes out for our next adventure. New volunteers are all welcome to come and join us next time, be it your 50th mountain or your first, we can help build your confidence and give you new skills for life.

Text: Michael Doncom

36 Scouts and Explorers take on the Lake District
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