The Vercors with Norton Hill School

At the end of July 2014, I once again accompanied the Norton School’s Sixth Form on their D of E Gold Assessment and adventure trip. This time we went to the Vercors for the first time. The Vercors is a limestone plateau in the Pre Alps south of Grenoble and a stunning location. The area is a mixture of gently sloping forests and precipitous escarpments, ideal for cross country skiiing in winter and walking in summer. It certainly lends itself to D of E expeditions as there are also some excellent campsites in the valleys surrounding it. We were lucky to have some cool but sunny weather – perfect for expeditioning. All the teams were successful and thoroughly enjoyed their experience.

The days before the expedition were used for some adventurous activities including a via corda -a mix between a via ferrata and alpine rope technique, one of the best canyons I have ever descended and a high ropes course which is the cross between Go Ape and Ninja Warrior.

Emily on the high ropes The Vercors escarpment Descending the scree slope Ibex Approaching the winter refuge The edge of the Vercors On the Via Corda

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