A nostalgic trip to Cornwall spent talking to pupils near where I spent my childhood holidaying nearby at Swanpool on campsites.
With such captive audiences the time spent passes by so quickly. Even the youngest classes were so attentive coming from PE and just before lunch.
I am sometimes wary of what you can say to young children when talking about Everest but if you do not they will.
In just thirty minutes we covered the equipment, logistics, environment, altitude and death.
I thought covering the severe cold was made relatively easy because the children could relate it somewhat to Cornwall’s own mini freeze! Surprise did cross their faces when I said that water solidifies before hitting the ground and metal implements take the skin off!
They asked me about the dead bodies and whether there were any unusual ones left in, “The Death Zone.”
My last questions were about related about the key skills. How I was feeling and how I coped with it. Like crossing crevasses I said I was very nervous the first time especially when it was angled more to the left. How I overcome it was watching others cross it gaining confidence and encouragement given by the other team members. Teamwork.
Patience is an important component on any expedition especially on high altitude mountains. You just do not roll up and climb it in the first couple of weeks. Its like a career in business. You start off at the bottom learning. Gradually getting used to the trade and learning new skills. Over the course of time the opportunity is their to progress and possibly get to the top.
A good morning spent with our children of the future.
“Ed spoke to our children with great knowledge and passion. He showed the children what could be achieved if you just put your mind to it. A true inspiration.”