Saturday, 18 May 2013

Outward Bound Classic Course


10 months ago (my face just dropped counting that out) I went on an Outward Bound Classic Course in the Scottish Highlands and I’ve eventually got around to writing a little bit about it today because I’m on my way to Edinburgh to meet up with Emily, a friend I made there.

When I applied for the funding to go I was in one of my “I CAN DO THIS” moods when half of the time hiking with my life on my back is not what my hypermobile joints need not to mention the new addition to the list: almost constant back pains but as usual I was determined for it not to make a difference. I did little bits of training here and there but I was by no means what I considered fit enough for this which threw me into a wild “I CAN’T DO THIS” panic-all of which was a little too late as I was half-way through the 5 hour car journey to Fort William at this point and mildly terrified of being faced with judgemental fitness fanatics at the other end. I could not have been more wrong about the people I’d meet, the girls were so lovely! I’ve since met up with them; been housed by one and had endless hours worth of complaining conversations about this, that and the other. They are little stars!
As for the three weeks themselves, they were painfully amazing; painful because no-one’s body should be made for scrambling up Ben Nevis (for the record: many-a bottom bruise was sustained from the experience), amazing because not many people can say they’ve done the things I did in those three weeks. That they’ve jumped into gorges at Glen Nevis; spent their 18th birthday seas-sick in a kayak (yes believe it or not it is possible); reached the top of Ben Nevis or set fire to their socks on canoeing expedition - okay maybe not that  one. What I’m trying to say is that I couldn’t have picked a better way to spend three weeks off. Who wouldn’t want to be informed they speak slang German (explains the GCSE grade) and that everyone’s pre-conception of girls from Newcastle stems from Geordie Shore….
Admire a little bit of Highland scenery….

Loch Treig - Scottish Highlands


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