On Sunday 14th October, 14 pupils and four members of staff set out to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire to take on the extremely difficult 24.6 mile, three peaks hike as preparation for their World Challenge expedition to Northern Tanzania in July next summer.
It was an early start, meeting at 5.30am at school in order to complete the hike before sunset that evening.
Although they were very tired, they were all very excited at the prospect of completing this demanding challenge. Upon arrival, they began the hike up to the first summit Pen-y-Ghent which is the smallest of the three peaks, standing at 694m tall.
This was a difficult climb as the scale of the large mountain dawned on them as they neared the foot of the first peak. However, they reached the top in high spirits after only walking 3 miles of the 24 mile trek.
They continued on to the next peak Whernside, the tallest of the three peaks which stands at 736m. This trek greatly tested the group due to the long, gradual incline and then the extremely steep descent on difficult terrain. They had now completed around 18 miles of the hike and had been walking for approximately 8 hours, a number of students decided to end their journey there.
However four of the students, Matthew J, Dylan M, Heledd R and George A, continued the trek as they were desperate to complete the three peaks challenge.
The students, along with three members of staff, continued up Ingleborough, the final summit which consisted of a short, very steep incline nicknamed ‘The Chimney’. The students described reaching the summit as an 'unbelievable experience' and the feeling as 'extraordinary' as they had now climbed Yorkshire’s tallest three peaks.
However, it was not over at that point as they had to find the energy to complete the final 4.5 miles down the mountain back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale to meet with the rest of the group.
Although this trek was the most difficult any of the students had ever experienced, the feeling of finishing in under the expected 12 hours more than made up for the aches and pains of the following days.
On behalf of all the pupils, the students would like to thank Mr Cassidy, Mr Dennis, Miss Bailey and Mrs Campion for making the trip possible.
Written by George A, Year 12