Wilderness Experiences – Term One
It was a great start to the year in Wilderness Studies with Year 9, 10 and 11 students embarking on overnight trips.
The year began with Year 10 sea kayaking on the south coast. Based in the Jervis Bay area, students pack all necessary food and equipment into sea kayaks and paddle either individually or in “doubles” for the duration of the trip. Tim Small’s class was first to go with the wind conditions keeping their trip confined to circumnavigating the waters of St Georges Basin, while a friendlier wind allowed Matt Heard’s class to paddle in Jervis Bay.
Next it was Year 11 students who headed to the Blue Mountains on a rock climbing and canyoning expedition. Day one was rock climbing at Mount York. This area is ideal for beginner climbers providing a good mix of difficulty and challenge. This was backed up with an early start as we drove to Mount Wilson to take on a canyon known as Serendipity. With its numerous abseils and rock jumps it is an action-packed experience.
Finally, Year 9s had their first of many wilderness experiences with an overnight canoeing trip to Kangaroo Valley. This stretch of water between Bendeela Recreation Area and Tallowa Dam is a popular route frequented by many outdoor education companies. Luckily, the river was unusually quiet and both classes got to experience the beauty of the area in peace.
Stay tuned for more Wilderness updates throughout the year with the ‘big one’, the Mittagong to Katoomba Expedition next on the Wilderness calendar with that trip departing in week three this term.