21 members of 36 Engineer Regiment and The Queen’s Gurkha Engineer headed to the Lake District for a weeklong Adventurous Training (AT) package.
Our group started with hill walking and we took turns to practise our navigation skills along the way. The weather was not in our favour, and it started raining as soon as we were halfway up the hill. Due to cold weather and snow conditions, the mountain leader decided to descend down before reaching the top. Nevertheless, the view was splendid in the white sheet of snow.
The following day we took on some muddy and challenging bike trails covered by thick woodlands with steep climbs. We enjoyed the mountain biking and the majestic views of Mother Nature along the way.
The third day was rock climbing in the outskirts of Keswick. At first there was hesitation from a few however after proper guidance from our instructor we gained more confidence with the height as it was quite apparent from the smooth abseiling completed by every one of us to finish off the activity.
The most anticipated event was on the forth day, the Via Ferrata at Honister Slate Mine. For most of us it was a totally different and new thing to experience. All of us were very excited from the beginning, even when instructor was delivering safety brief. Using a series of rungs, ladders and bridges, we climbed along the edges of a rocky hill as high as the Shard. It was an adrenaline rush to skywalk across the daunting ‘infinite bridge’, more than 2,000 feet above the valley floor and the struggle to climb over a huge vertical scramble net. As is aptly said, “Save the best for the last”.
By Lance Corporal Arun Thapa – Queen’s Gurkha Engineers