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!

Click here to learn more about the Outdoor Learning Service get up to.

Don’t be afraid of the dark …

We still have places left on the Night Nav course being run by the Outdoor Learning Service next Wednesday 5th December between 5pm and 8pm.

If you are interested in attending please email outdoorlearning@eastlothian.gov.uk to reserve your place. You will then be provided with details of what to bring and where to meet.

… then next time you’re caught out after a dark with a tired, dedraggled and lost DofE group you’ll be glad you came!

Student Winter Skills – Fri 25th – Sun 2…

Student Winter Skills – Fri 25th – Sun 27th March

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We still have a number of places available on the Student Winter Skills Course. Staying in lodges at the very fine Glenmore Lodge; easy access to the mighty Cairngorms. This is an excellent opportunity for 5th and 6th years to gain some winter mountaineering skills (snowpack analysis, crampons, ice-axe, navigation and so much more) – or simply have a break from studies and get some fresh air and exercise. Cost is £80, all inclusive.

Please get in touch with me via email to sign up your pupils.

Note … all the pupils on SOAP from NBHS, PL, DGS and Knox are automatically signed up for this course and are all attending.

Free! Outdoor Learning CPD for Teachers

The LTS Outdoor Learning CPD programme is designed for teachers and early years’ practitioners to build capacity, develop skills and increase confidence in order that more children and young people have ‘regular and frequent’ opportunities to learn outdoors.

The sessions are intended to support staff following the publication of the guidance document ‘Curriculum for Excellence through outdoor learning’, the six regional conferences in May and June 2010 and the outdoor learning online resource.

The last 3 CPD sessions – Bridging the Gap through Outdoor Learning – are the largest sessions (in terms of capacity) being run and they are open to all practitioners – CLD workers, youth workers, voluntary sector organisations, teachers and others.

Follow the LTS link on the programme to book a place…

Find yourself with a Navigation Award

Tired of always getting lost? Then book yourself onto the Navigation for Hillwalkers course being run this weekend by the Outdoor Learning Service. Two levels of courses are running ; one for map virgins (Bronze NNAS) and one for intermediate navigators (Silver NNAS). To reserve places on one of these courses please fill out the Application Form linked from the Course Details page and send to Outdoor Learning ..

See here for information on all courses.