On July 13th 2014 a group of intrepid explorers from Sherbourne Fields School set off for the Lake District to conquer England’s highest mountain; Scafell Pike.
On July 13th 2014 a group of intrepid explorers from Sherbourne Fields School set off for the Lake District to conquer England’s highest mountain; Scafell Pike. Following last year’s successful ascent of Snowdon this was part two of our Three Peaks Challenge.
This year’s student team consisted of; Jake Price, Khaire Absiyeh, Charlotte Morris, Emily Crilly, Hamza Haroon and Chris Mitchell.
The staff on the trip were; Charlie, Shivaun, Keelie, Carla, Lauren and Lisa, accompanied by explorer Mark Wood and his team.
We arrived at our hostel in Ambleside on the Sunday & enjoyed our jacket potatoes before getting an early night ready for the alarm call at 5am.
We set off bright(ish) and early ready for our big adventure. The drive took nearly 2 hours, meeting Mark Wood and his team at the base of the Wasdale Head route.
The team began the ascent in great spirits, making light work of the notoriously difficult terrain. The weather was good with clear skies, perfect for taking in the spectacular views.
As we progressed the terrain became more treacherous and the incline steeper. We needed all of the snacks we had packed.
After a long, long climb the peak finally came into view before the clouds descended. The rain lashed down while a gale blew around us. Visibility was down to a few feet. Eventually we reached the peak for a quick photo and a triumphant call back to school.
After a very brief lunch the frozen and soaking team faced the descent in near impossible conditions. Mark rallied the troops and gave us all safety instructions. By this time visibility was so bad that we couldn’t see the path under our feet. The cold was unbearable, fatigue was setting in and we were all soaked to the skin. Fear and survival took over our thoughts.
After an eternity we eventually came out from the clouds and could finally see the lake by the car park. I don’t think any of us have ever been so happy to see the school minibus!
Later on that evening we went out for pub food, which was probably the most welcome meal ever. We reflected on the challenges we had overcome through great teamwork and the Sherbourne spirit.
Soon our fears from earlier in the day were left behind and the conversation turned to next year’s challenge…Ben Nevis.