During the Easter holidays, ten Caedmon College Whitby students went to Trawsfynydd in Snowdonia’s National Park to prepare for a three-week expedition to Iceland this July with the British Exploring Society.
The week in Wales consisted of learning essential skills, such as setting up tents and working withcooking stoves, as well as survival and first aid skills which are essential to a wild camping expedition.
The first few days involved team-building exercises and students worked with others from schools across the country, and were split into two teams or ‘fires’.
The teams went on to learn navigation skills essential for the main event of the week – a two-day expedition involving wild camping and walking over a 500m ascent with all of their kit and food to be carried on their backs.
The expedition was tough but all students met the challenges with determination and spirit. Rebecca Alcock said on returning to college on the Monday afterwards: “Wales was mint!”
The students who took part were Mae Knight, Issy Hogarth, Ben Botham, Will Jackson, Olivia Morrison, Kate Simpson, Charlotte Everall, Rebecca Alcock, Louis Nelson and Jason Puckett.
A group of geography students from the college also went away over Easter, visiting orrento, in the Bay of Naples, to explore and learn more about the geography of the area.
The students and staff were accommodated in the harbour area of Sorrento, which had great views of Vesuvius in the background.
Visits included the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, to see how the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD buried the two towns under a deep mantle of pebbles, mud and ash.
Next was the Island of Capri - a stunning rocky island where students went on a laser boat ride, investigating the coastal landscape and they spent a leisurely day exploring the island.
Students also visited Mount Vesuvius - the only active volcano on the mainland of
Europe, which is at present dormant after the last, disastrous eruption of 1944.
They walked around the rim of the volcano’s magnificent crater, observing the fumerols and enjoyed some amazing views of the Naples coastline from the top.
Finally, they visited an archaeological museum in Naples which holds a collection of the remains from Pompeii and Herculaneum, followed by a visit to the Pozzuoli Flavian amphitheater – this is the third largest Roman amphitheater in Italy and only the Roman Colosseum and the Capuan Amphitheater are larger. All the students and the accompanying staff had an amazing week.