Firstly, we arrived at the gorge and got kitted up into our waterproof gear and helmets, harnesses and wellies. Then we set off and were met with our first encounter with water. At the time the water was moving very slowly and we quickly made our way up to the first obstacle. We were met with two boulders with a small waterfall flowing through it moving very quickly it was called the ‘elephant’s bottom’ can’t image why [haha]. We all got through this with ease, on the way to the next hard bit, i would swim in any bit of water i could because i was loving it!
Then we got to the next challenge, we had to abseil down a flat rock and onto a rock surrounded in water, everybody was doing it fine until i had just finished abseiling and had unclipped my carabina and was about to step to the next rock and i slipped and fell into the freezing cold water; Harvey did the same thing too! Then whilst we were waiting for the others, myself, Harvey and Mason dunked our heads under a freezing waterfall, we all got brain freeze that was peak! Then we had to climb up a waterfall, i was up first and i tried but had to go the other way, everyone else did the same as me except Eliza, she had done what seemed impossible, climbing up the slippiest rock ever!
Then just five minutes up stream we came across a natural slide into a plunge pool, we all did this a couple of times, it was really fun, then we came across another slide in the rocks and i jumped in a really deep hole. After this we had a ten minute walk up to another steep wall where we needed to use our harnesses and then we saw it… the thing i had been looking forward to most, the plunge pool! It was roughly 3×3 metre pool that was about five metres deep, we jumped in it a couple of times; it was my favourite part of the whole trip! It was a long, wet walk back to the mini bus, where we all got changed and went back to Kent Mountain Centre warm and happy.
By Ollie Aitken