Students putting skills to the test

A group of outdoor education staff and students who are all part of Northumberland College's Crag and Mountain Club at Kirkley Hall preparing to set off to the Himalayas to do charity work.
A group of outdoor education staff and students who are all part of Northumberland College's Crag and Mountain Club at Kirkley Hall preparing to set off to the Himalayas to do charity work.
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A GROUP of college students have set off on an expedition to the Himalayas to help out in an area devastated by floods last summer.

The team, consisting of two tutors and nine current and past outdoor education students from Northumberland College, set off on their adventure last Friday.

The group will climb 6,153 metres to the peak of Stok Kangri over nine days, via a little used trekking route, putting the skills they have learnt on their course and in training sessions into practice.

Prior to the trek the team will base themselves at Leh, in the Ladakh region of North India, which flooded last year, claiming 170 lives.

The group will teach children and work with the blind at a local monastery and residential hostels.

Tutor Carl Halliday said: “The expedition promises to be a great experience for the students who are training towards careers in the outdoor industry.

“The trip will enable them to put into practice the range of expedition skills that they have developed during their college courses.

“They will gain a good understanding of living and mountaineering at altitude as well as learning about the local people and cultures of Ladakh.”

Team members have funded the trip from savings and from various sponsorship activities including the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, which raised more than £2,000.

The team travelled to Heathrow in the college mini bus before flying to Delhi, via Helsinki.

The final leg of the journey was an internal flight up to Leh in Ladakh, the highest commercial airport in the world.