Everyday Adventurer Elaine Hibbs – The final expedition

The last big test of the Classic is the final expedition. In other words a 4-day, 3 night journey through the fells that surround the centre – and most important of all, without the guidance of an instructor!

Mallory team have covered an impressive 35km these past few days, discovering some of the Lakes’ most amazing places but also a real test for their navigation and team skills.

They spent two nights sleeping out under the stars and soaking up their experience. Whilst on the final night, they stayed in a bothy at the top of Grisedale Valley – an opportunity to at least dry out their soggy feet!

With only a couple of minor errors, Mallory successfully navigated the route, with plenty of laughs along the way. They are an incredibly proud and happy bunch!

Drawing on all of the skills they had gained from the previous weeks, the team then took to Fram, Ullswater centre’s resident boat, and sailed from Glenridding back to the centre.  For many of them it was a chance to catch up on some sleep as the wind was very light so it made for a very relaxing sail!

Bursting with pride having completed their exped and returned in one piece from their adventure, they had their official team photo complete with homemade flag and then rushed inside for showers and real food for dinner. There’s a fantastic atmosphere around the centre tonight as all of the teams come back together to share stories and compare adventures. It’s what the Classic is all about.

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  • Karen Davie

    Thank you so much for all these fabulous photos and the possibility to understand what the course is all about.

  • B. Heym

    Thank you very much Elaine, for keeping us informed with so much enthusiasm about the adventure of the children !! And also thank you very much for having taken care of them !

  • Elaine

    Hi Beate,
    I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the updates. Carla had a fantastic course and can be incredibly proud of what she has achieved. It was my absolute pleasure to spend the last 3 weeks with such an inspiring group of young people. I hope they all keep in touch as a team so they can keep spurring each other on in the future. They’ll be a tough team to beat!