On Thursday and Friday during week 8 of Term 2, our year 8 Outdoor Education students took on inclement weather and the mighty Bibbulmun track.
We set out from school and arrived at Sullivan’s Rock car park. The weather forecast did not look that great, but the students’ spirits were high. The clouds were rolling in low, and it started to rain as soon as we started our twelve-kilometre hike to Monadnocks hut. Rain jackets and ponchos were pulled out and many snacks were consumed to stay warm.
The students encouraged one another to push on and maintain a steady pace. Once we arrived at the hut, we were greeted by another school group and two solo hikers. It is always interesting to talk to other hikers on the trek about their experiences. We also learn about sharing resources and exchanging hiking meal plans with other students. Everyone gathered around the campfire to cook dinner on our Trangia stoves and then finish the day with a debrief.
The night was cold and wet, but everyone stayed reasonably dry in their tents. Friday morning started quite early, and we had to pack our wet gear up so that the support vehicle could take it back to school.
We started our second day hike ready to tackle Mt Cuthbert and enjoy the stunning views to the north. When we reached the summit, fog rolled in and it felt like we were many meters above the scarp.
Once we finished the hike out from the hut, the buses picked us up from the car park and brought us back to school which is when the big cleaning process began. We are so proud of our year 8 Outdoor Education students for pushing on and maintaining high spirits despite the weather they encountered.