The aim of this adventurous expedition was to explore a remote Arctic area, to collect botanical samples, to climb mountains in the area including some first ascents, and to experience Inuit culture.
This project shows how, when given the opportunity, young people can safely take part in very ambitious projects. While this example is clearly adventurous and perhaps not one which could be followed by all, it demonstrates the benefits that extended and challenging journeys can bring to young people. This could be a journey abroad, but could also be a journey closer to home.
It is hoped that through their experiences the young people will become independent mountaineers who will have gained the necessary mountaineering and risk management skills to go on to organise and lead their own expeditions in the UK and overseas.
About the expedition
This expedition to Greenland built on a much wider outdoor education programme at Glasgow Academy, and an expedition to another area of the country in 2006. The expedition was organised by a member of staff, and was supported by three experienced volunteers. The expedition comprised 12 pupils from the fifth and sixth forms.
They were based on the remote peninsula of Gåseland, at approximately 71 degrees north, for a period of four weeks.