Outdoor & Adventurous ActivitiesRock climbing club has been to The Dewerstone twice recently to climb on the lovely sun covered granite (apart from when it hailstoned, then snowed last week!). The cold weather actually improves friction on the rock so Alyssa Marsh and Isabelle Davison made good use of this to complete the hardest climb, over an overhang to finish. Meanwhile Joe Mulkerrin and Morgan Bush attacked the right hand route, a climb called ‘Ceasar’s Nose’ as it tries to follow the line of an Arete which looks like a big nose in profi le. Joe was the only one who managed to reach the top on this one which is graded severe, as it was really hard. Well done to all of them. This week was a little warmer and saw attempts on the right hand cliff , which is steeper and contains an interesting feature: a wide crack called a chimney. Everyone had a go at this, jamming various limbs inside to climb past a narrowing that stopped some and slowed others. Jordan Plumb had a go at a route that beat him last year and after a few falls managed to get his right hand high enough to reach the key hold. Well done to him and all the others who perservered.
The silver Duke of Edinburgh group have their assessment at the end of term so have been out practicing on the moors. Their first challenge is always to identify where Mr Alcock drops them off, this time Blazej was first to call it correctly. We then set off below Sharpitor to the woods and leat, taking it in turns to lead sections of navigation. The team do well when concentrating and usually manage to arrive at the right place with no help from Mr Alcock but by helping each other. Any time they don’t get it right is usually due to arguing rather than lacking actual navigational skill! They have a few more practices before their assessment when they will be left alone to cross the moor over three days. Good luck team!
Mr Smart and Mr Alcock led the Year 9 Step Up team along the Plym River gorge walk last week. Needless to say the water was freezing, but that didn’t stop everyone splashing each other and having water fights once they’d got over the initial shock. Half way up there is a squeeze through a hole formed by two large boulders where the water funnels through. Everyone had a go at squeezing through the gap, in some cases even though they were scared, which was good to see their bravery. At the end of the section we found a slab of rock with water pouring off it which was fun to slide down. After everyone got fully submerged in the water they were all shivering and it was time to head back down and change in the tipi tent. Hopefully the next few trips will be warmer.
The intervention team had a go at the zip line in Whitleigh woods, helping to set it up and get it tensioned using a 4:1 pulley system, which they enjoyed hanging on to really get it tight. Once up it actually looks pretty scary, but after a few runs using a break they had a go on it without and zoomed down. We will transfer some of these rope work skills to cliffs on the moors when we go out next week to do some rock climbing.
Mr Alcock Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Coach