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Six Scouts from the Hoosiders Explorer Scout Unit based in Penrith braved a wide range of Lake District weather, from sun to snow, to climb Pinnacle Ridge on St Sunday Fell in Grisdale on Saturday 17th March. The six Scouts who had been refining their climbing skills at Penrith climbing wall over the winter months made the accent in the company of Explorer Scout Leaders Andrew Mitchell, Simon Beck and Willaim Ripley who said of the day “It was fantastic to be out on the hill and see everyone pushing themselves and having a great time. The team have come a long way since their first indoor climbing wall session back in October”.
The ridge, which is measured as a Grade 3 scramble and is 180 metres long, was valiantly accomplished by Explorer Scouts Andrew Ludar-Smith, Megan Lindsay, Noni Wilson , Jenny Dunn, and Josué Longin. For the sixth of these adventurous young people, Suzanne Morley, the event was her first as an Explorer Scout, having recently moved up from Penrith Scout Unit. Suzanne, having had great fun on the day, said "This was my first time out with the Hoosiders and it was a great opportunity to meet people I didn't know. The scramble was challenging with some 'interesting' sections".
Explorers are the forth Scout section, for young people aged 14 to 18 who want to continue with The Scout Association after their time in a Scout unit and they are constantly on the lookout for enthusiastic volunteers to give as much or as little time as they can so young people can continue their adventure in this way. There are currently waiting lists due to a shortage of adults, but with more help they can clear these lists and continue to provide exciting opportunities to all those that want them.
If you would like to be part of the adventure visit www.scout.org.uk/join or contact the County Scout Office on 0845 094 6059.
Picture shows Noni Wilson and William Ripley.