Outdoor Learning Service – Oat Route Challenge 2015

Up for a challenge? Gold DofE Expeditions too easy? Then this is for you!

The Outdoor Learning Service are looking for enthusiastic and motivated 5th and 6th year students to join an expedition team to climb all nine of Scotland’s 4000 feet Munros in a single unsupported journey. These are; Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg, Aonach Mor and Beag in Lochaber , then Braeriach, Cairn Toul, Angel’s Peak, Ben Macdui and Cairn Gorm in the Cairngorms 100km east.

The expedition will start from Fort William and finish a week later in Aviemore. In that week we will attempt to climb all nine; camping and staying in bothies as we walk from west to east. Dates are leaving East Lothian on Tuesday 9th June, returning Monday 15th, or Tuesday 16th June.

No prior experience necessary – though you must be committed to be able to walk in the mountains for up to 10 hours / 20 kms a day. There will be an opportunity to meet and discuss with the leaders and take part in a team building/training/selection event in the Spring. As a member of the team you will be expected be take on responsibilities such as route planning, logistics, provisions, equipment.

Numbers will be limited, so in the first instance please send an expression of interest to Andy Duff at aduff@elcschool.org.uk. Detailed costs are TBC, but will be in the region of £100-£120 per person – plus train/bus ticket to the start and back from the finish. This will cover all staff cost, expedition equipment and provisions for the week.

And why the Oat Route? It’s Scotland’s version of the classic Alpine Haute Route crossing of course!

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