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Intrepid students take on Scottish wilds as part of mountaineering course
A TEAM of outdoor education students from Queen Elizabeth's School in Crediton took part in a truly unique trip when they headed off to the wilds of the Scottish Highlands to learn how to become proficient Winter Mountaineers.
The week-long expedition included skills sessions in how to use an ice axe, crampons and how to dig snow holes and emergency shelters. During the week the students dealt with a wide range of conditions, including temperatures as low as -15 degrees and wind speeds getting close to 100mph. The week culminated with a successful ascent of Ben Nevis, which at 1334 metres above sea level is the highest mountain in the UK. It took the team a total of nine hours to conquer the peak and return back down.
Neil Kay, Queen Elizabeth's head of PE, said ‘Having an opportunity to go on a trip like this was great. The students, who worked hard, were all very tired by the end of week but were over the moon with their achievements."