Recounting the trek of a lifetime

A COLLEGE tutor who led a team on an eight-day trek through the Himalayas will share his experiences in a public lecture.

Outdoor education tutor Carl Halliday, who has worked at Northumberland College for 12 years, will present his talk at Kirkley Hall next week.

The expedition, which involved a year of planning and training, took place last summer when Mr Halliday led a team of tutors and past and present students to the peak of Stok Kangri.

The group reached base camp at 5,000m on day six of the trek after crossing the Zanskar River in a Himalayan river basket, braving fierce mountain storms and crossing two passes of almost 5,000m.

Mr Halliday said: “The expedition was a great success and provided the outdoor education students with excellent experience in planning and organising an expedition in an environmentally-friendly way.”

The talk has been organised by the Friends of Kirkley Hall to raise funds for educational student trips and improvements to public facilities at the campus.

It will take place on Wednesday at 7.30pm and tickets cost £5. Booking is essential on 0191 236 2129.