Borealis Society's Cairngorm Practice Expedition.

Loretto’s Borealis Society is specifically for Sixth Formers and involves, at its heart, the opportunity for pupils to go on major mountaineering and trekking expeditions, of four weeks duration, to northern (boreal) and arctic areas.

This summer's expedition is to North and Central Iceland. There is a great deal of preparation involved in such a major undertaking and the team spent part of the Easter holiday on a practice expedition - taking a trek on the wild side of the Cairngorms.

The five days included a wild camp in Glen Einich, a hill day with practice on snow techniques; camping, cooking and a somewhat challenging river crossing (with some areas deeper than others - there were not just wet feet!).

The weather was very windy but generally dry. However, blisters featured rather a lot!

It was, without doubt, a good practice with many skills learnt and some new experiences.

The team now have a good idea of what they can expect with carrying big rucksacks, camping wild and extended days on the hills.

You can find out more about the Borealis Society by clicking here 

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