SOAP 2012 – now with the Tour du Mont Blanc!

This year the Outdoor Learning Service are organising a 14 day trek to the Tour du Mont Blanc.

The TMB is 170km long-distance trek around the Mont Blanc Massif, with a total ascent of over 10,000m – that’s higher than climbing Everest! The reward; fantastic scenery, (normally) great weather, the chance to practice your French and Italian and meet other trekkers from all over the world while staying in mounatin huts and refuges.

This trip is aimed at adventurous senior pupils, who are up for a challenge and is the culmination of the 2012-13 Secondary Outdoor Adventure Program (SOAP) .

Teachers, you can find more information here … please pass on to interetsed pupils in your schools.

SOAP go to Knoydart

Last week saw the culmination of this year’s SOAP Program. The group planned a multi-activity expedition; canoes and mountaineering. After buying supplies and packing on Sunday we drove up to Kinlochourn on the monday … the ‘gateway to Knoydart’.

A brisk three hour paddle (into the wind) on Monday evening say the group set up base-camp at Barrisdale on the Knoydart peninsular.

Tuesday was spent climbing Ladhar Bheinn, the highest mountain in Knoydart , along and round some great ridges, and top views.

Wednesday was off for a perfect paddle down the loch to the ‘famous’ tea-shed at Corran – for ice-cream wafers.

Highlight of the trip for many was the sailing back down the loch …

… then a swim and some pirate games before the final evening.

As luck would have it the wind had turned to 180 degrees so once again on the Thursday we had to battle back up into the wind before the drive home.

This is the second year of the SOAP Program. The aims of this program are to give pupils the skills, confidence and experiences to undertake ‘outdoor adventures’ in a way closer to what they will do beyond school.

All the pupils seemed to get lots out of it and we are hoping to run another program this year. If you are interested in participating in please leave your details in the comment below this post and someone from the Outdoor Learning Service will contact you.

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