Friday, 31 May 2013

28th-31st May 2013 - Glencoe bound with Stramash!

Royal Navy SAR doing some training very close by!
A team heading up the snow field at the head of the glen


Stob Coire Sgreamhach (L) and the ridge to Bidean Nam Bian (R)

Our camp spot
This week I was based down in Glen Coe working for Stramash! which is an Oban based outdoor education company. We were working with a group of kids from the Tullochan Trust based in Dumbarton and Clydebank.

I started my week by running some team challenges, getting my group to communicate and co-operate in order to complete tasks and puzzles. They started off a bit rough round the edges, but soon got stuck in and did really well. In the evening we were off for a beach fire and explore, and headed on down to Loch Crenan where we were treated to a rapidly incoming tide and the joys of watching the other groups fires getting washed out twice... :P

On Wednesday into Thursday I was out on exped with my guys. We headed up into the Hidden Valley, nestled below Stob Coire Sgreamhach, and in the blistering midday heat we set ourselves up and took a bit of time to chill out and enjoy the sun. We were treated to an aerial display by the Navy rescue boys who were doing some winch training on the surrounding crags. The kids, who are all inner city, were really impressed and I even managed to convince them that I'd arranged for it to happen!! Afterwards, we headed on up with the intention of getting on Stob Coire Sgreamhach, but the snow patch blocking the Bealach was too extensive and so we made our target the snowling, just shy of 900. After much determined moaning we arrived, and some of us ventured onto the snow to have a wee poke around whilst the others chilled out below. Too steep to safely lead an under equipped group here, but we were all happy with our achievement.

Back down for some dinner, a camp fire and a bit of stargazing before bed! Next day we went over some geography, history and geology of the area which was interesting for some, but not so much for others. Back to base by mid afternoon for a tidy up, and then out on nightline that evening. More team challenges and a gorge walk saw us finish our week on a high. Great bunch of kids who hopefully gained a lot from their experience here, and hopefully this helps them in future!

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