Students take on summit special

14 Peaks Challenge
14 Peaks Challenge

STUDENTS are feeling on top of the world after completing an epic mountain challenge.

Five outdoor education students at Northumberland College have returned from a gruelling trek in Wales, where they climbed 14 of the country’s highest mountains in just 19 hours.

The Welsh 3000s expedition, known as the 14 Peaks Challenge, sees participants climb all of the peaks in Snowdonia with a height of at least 3,000ft in less than 24 hours.

The Northumberland group, whose members study at Kirkley Hall near Ponteland, completed it as part of their course, which required them to plan, organise and carry out a multi-day expedition.

In total, the students walked and scrambled over 60km of mountain terrain, ascending and descending more than 4,000m.

Tutor Carl Halliday, who accompanied the group, said: “For the multi-day expedition element of the course, some of the class carried out a canoe expedition earlier in the year, but this group chose the Welsh 3000s mountain challenge.

“This has been one of the most ambitious expeditions we have had on the course to date and it drew on many of the skills and knowledge that the students have developed over the last two years, such as teamwork and technical skills. The students performed extremely well in challenging conditions.

“The trip has capped an amazing couple of months of mountain activity through the college course and the crag and mountain club that we run for students, staff and other interested climbers.”

The college offers various outdoor education courses and facilities include a high ropes course and zipwire.