Gorge Porge Norge Lorge George

After dinner at 7:30 we met for the evening activities. We were split into two groups ( Kai, Tanzin, Eleni, Hazel, Reid, Shaheer, Aiden). we were doing a game where one person was allocated the leader and had to communicate to the others ( who were blindfolded) without talking. We decided that the quiet whittle meant backwards and the louder whistle , meant forwards. We gave each person different claps, so that they knew who we were talking to. In the end we all made it into the pen and got full points without communicating. The next activity we proceeded to was theses planks of wood that we all had to stand on. We held on by clinging to the ropes. we had to work together to move in time to get to the cones. the last activity consisted of swinging on a rope with a bucket of water without a single bit of water dropping on the floor or falling of the platform. After 3 tragic attempts we finally thought of the smart idea to tie the rope to the buckey and swing it gently across. We completed all the activites with a final of 21 points.
We went to bed at 10 o’clock.
We woke up at a quarter to 7 to have a shower ready for the day ahead to begin. We had breakfast at 8 o’clock. After breakfast we went upstairs to get ready for the day, we got ready, dressed ourselves, cleaned our teeth and brushed our hair. We then met in the common room at nine o’clock after the instructors had a meeting to discuss what we were doing . Our group was going up a gorge and abseiling we collected our gear; wellies, helmet, buoyancy aid, harness, waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers. we got on the mini bus but it didn’t start so we had to move into a different bus and set sailed on our adventure. We got to the car park and had to put our harnesses, carabinaners and anchors on. We had a short walk to the place where we were abseiling from. Kian went first because he was the bravest then Tanzin, then Millie, then Josh, then Eleni, then star, then Reid, then lastly Tim. At some point on our absail we all swung during our way down. The group of us then walked down this steep path to get back to the minibus. We sat and eat our lunch after putting on our waterproofs and readjusting our harnesses. We took another short twenty-five minute drive to the gorge. We got there and immediately saw water. The first climbing part was very difficult and Millie fell in, luckily it wasn’t very deep but she got very cold but at least she had her waterproofs on. We climbed up more rocks and got to a slippy bit where we could slide in and the water was up to our hips, Kian was unfortunately dumb and didn’t wear waterproofs on his legs and got very cold very quickly. We scrambled up some more steep, slippery cliffs and tried to but we all fell many times. our heavy, wet waterproofs were constantly dragging us down and so were our water filled wellies. We eventually climbed up a waterfall and slid down a rock into deep, freezing water and had to put our heads under a rock to get through (our helmets fell off because we hit them rip). After a few hours we got to the very top where there was a plunge pool where we could jump into from a high height, the water was freezing and all of our clothes were dripping. when we eventually finished, we hiked down the steepest road in the world. Because it was so steep we all fell over. Everyone had bruises on their knees. We finally got back at ten past five. We cleaned our lunch boxes and water bottles then put our clothes in the drying rooms. Dinner was at quarter to six. Some people had mac n cheese and others had Bolognese. For dessert we had apple crumble and it tasted nice.

By Eleni amd Tanzin

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