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Therfield Presents Alice in Wonderland

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Monday dawned, visibility was not as good as the day before, but bags were ready so the team set off for a quick stop in Aviemore to pick up final supplies before heading up the hill. Full bags were further stretched as last food items were packed and a slight change to plans made as we could not get into the top car park at the ski centre. A 3km walk into strong winds and constant snow saw the team arrive at their snow hole site, fortunately well sheltered although the snow continued to fall.

Students began digging with enthusiasm before realising the enormity of the task ahead of them.......four hours later they had excavated approximately 43 cubic metres of snow which is nearly  nearly 13 tonnes!  We now  had a split level, three door snow hole with 5 bedrooms (not sure you could get a mortgage on it though).  As the students sorted out their kit Mark and Mrs Pickett began the mammoth task of melting enough snow to cook pasta for 16, followed by cake and custard, then hot chocolate and hot water bottles for those who requested them.  All were bedded down shyly after 10pm, with 16 in an open plan snow hole......let the snoring begin!

Visibility the next morning was 15 - 20m, so following the struggle to get damp kit back into rucksacks, which seemed to have shrunk overnight, Mark explained the navigation technique ahead.  Each student took their turn in leading the group as we contoured round Cairngorm for 2.5km.  It was an uncomfortable feeling being out front as you could not see any landmarks and just had to trust that you were not losing or gaining height by looking back at the group, if they were below you - drop down, above you - move up.  As if it had all been beautifully planned we reached our descent point and made our way back to the vehicles - and a real toilet!

Damp kit out to dry, sausage casserole in the oven and it was time to relax for the night.....one more day on the hill, student choice as to what they do.....