Can Yew hear the Lyon?

East Lothian’s Secondary Outdoor Adventure Programme (SOAP).

The first SOAP weekend of the academic year – after selection –  kicked off with Summer Mountaineering (be flexible with the meaning of the word summer (this was October)).

The selected pupils camped at Kilvrecht campsite on the south side of Loch Rannoch. After a quick shop in Musselburgh for enough fodder for the weekend we arrived to an unsurprisingly empty campsite at dusk. The forecast for Saturday from MWIS was for very strong westerley winds. We chose to see how far up Schiehallion we could get – coming up the main path on the east side would afford us some protection. The day certainly was dreich but the promised and feared wind didn’t materialise. We were able to make the summit and also to come down on the west side to gradually clearing skies – a lovely finish in the fantastic ‘Treats’ cafe at Kinloch Rannoch.

Saturday evening saw us have an open fire in our group tipi and the group were introduced to the delights of Perudo. A little bit of planning for the next day had us decide to walk from the back of the campsite over to Glen Lyon taking in some summits on the way – all weather dependent (forecast still giving strong westerlies.)The forecast rang true for the day and our group split on the col between An Sgorr and Meall Garbh – some descending straight dowm to Invervar and the others summiting Meal Garbh and then descending Meall a Bharr. Our journey back to us past the Fortinghall Yew at the entrance to Glen Lyon.


All students showed great resilience and fantastic navigational ability.

I make full use of and value the opportunities I am given to improve and manage my learning and, in turn, I can help to encourage learning and confidence in others.
HWB 4-11a

 This all bodes well for our next adventure – winter mountaineering weekend.

Many thanks to Brian Frost of Preston Lodge High School who came along as a volunteer to show the students another side to camp cooking and shuttling the minibus.


Ring your BEL

Time to sign up for this years Sports Leaders Level 3 UK Basic Expedition Leadership Programme for 2001/12. Were also running the Day Walk Leader programme for those wishing to operate in lowland terrain without the camping element.

This is a great opportunity open to all to complete this award which is a nationally recognised qualification that trains and qualifies teachers, youth workers and other members of the community to:

  • Lead walking groups in lowland countryside
  • Impart the knowledge and skills needed to undertake a day walk
  • Have responsibility for the care of others while leading a day walk in lowland countryside
  • Plan and lead overnight base and mobile camps.

It is the minimum qualification required by some Operating Authorities for those wanting to train and lead groups in the expedition section of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. More links, info on operating remit and regsitration  on the course can be found here.

We will be posting and updating a range of our Adult CPD opportunities,  over the coming weeks for 2011/12