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Cold Weather Doesn’t Stop Youth Leadership

Over the school holidays some of our Youth Leadership Level 1, 2 & 3 participants braved the frosty days to complete tramps at Borland Lodge and Kiwiburn.

During the Kiwiburn trip, the team dealt with below zero temperatures cheerfully and all said they enjoyed the adventure. They posed for photos at the suspension bridge over the Mararoa river then tramped up to the high clearings in severe frosts, where the track was a frozen sheet of ice. They had several frozen creek crossings and found a sheltered sunny clearing to have lunch. One of the team said the best part of the tramp was sliding down the steep hill!

For the Borland trip, over three days they completed the South Borland track, which had some very steep angles and due to the snow extra care was taken, and they stayed at the lodge. They continued on with road bikes to Lake Monowai and spent a morning at the Clifden Caves, where the students assisted each other in some difficult spots and displayed great teamwork. The group then stopped at McCrakken’s Rest for some well earned fish and chips and were disappointed about not seeing any dolphins!

The next YLP tramps scheduled are for Stewart Island and Green Lake at the end of term 3.

Using ropes to cross Pig Creek, BorlandUsing ropes to cross Pig Creek, Borland Crossing the Kiwiburn near Mavora LakesCrossing the Kiwiburn near Mavora Lakes