Everest for a young audience? 

Everest is not the highest mountain in the world I was informed yesterday!

The highest mountain lies under the sea I was told several times during my chat to Stoke Row primary school by a  learned 6 year old !

Never mind my granddaughter enjoyed the chat a we had some fun. The kids were great and I enjoyed my time with them .

It was great to see the kids and their enthusiasm and I was asked  lots of questions ! The school is teaching the kids about exploring and I was asked to have a chat with them! We spoke about my trip in 2001 and how I started mountaineering.

I told them that the Sherpas are a great bunch of incredible people and who make any expedition a success with their efforts and support!  There was a bit of heckling “Frozen songs ” and potty training all good experience for the world tour!

In all it was a lovely afternoon and hopefully the kids will as many said get out and explore the wild places. Many have already told me of their adventures whether in a garden or local forest or in the river or sea.

The North col on Everest the Tibetan side a wild place .

The kids were amazed we spent 3 months in tents! We also had our secret weapon our shed that made life so much more bearable!

I spoke about climbing the mountain with a group of friends that made it so much easier as we all knew each other!

It was an incredible trip and we managed to get two to the summit as one of the few unguided trips that year to the mountain.

A great team

I hope the kids enjoyed the chat and maybe a seed has been sown within them. I have been so lucky with my family showing and letting me explore my local surroundings at an early age.

At the end I explained about OutfitMoray in Scotland where cry young people get a chance to explore in the water, the forests and the seas and how they should do if  they get a chance ?

OutfitMoray in action!

In the end a great finish to my visit dow South and the grand kids . It will be s long trip home but the wee chat was a highlight for me and I hope the kids enjoyed it!

My granddaughter is already a better climber than me!

We can all learn from each other !


About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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