Winter Skills 2015

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Over February Half-Term, an adventurous group of Sixth Formers from Newquay Tretherras travelled to the Highlands of Scotland for the main part of their Winter Skills course.

The group battled winds of up to 80mph and temperatures as low as -17c to climb to the summit of Cairn Gorm which stands at 1,245 meters high.

During their time away, the students gained the skills necessary to survive and thrive in a snow covered mountainous environment, learning to build emergency snow shelters and how to use ice axes and crampons.

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To prepare for their trip, the students covered theory sessions on cold weather survival, avalanche awareness and advanced micro-navigation on Bodmin Moor.

Chris Lucas, Head of Outdoor Learning at Tretherras said, “This was the fifth year we’ve run Winter Skills and it is now something our students aspire to do as they increasingly become involved in our outdoor adventure and leadership opportunities. It is a great conclusion to their time at Tretherras and bridges the gap to many future adventures they will no doubt have.”

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