Date: 2017-01-24 03:00 am (UTC)
lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
When I was 15, I went on the Hike of Doom. Everyone in my year level had to do a three-day hike, but the teacher in charge was vastly over-optimistic about not just the students' skills and tenacity, but that of the unqualified and inexperienced parents and teachers accompanying them. And then the weekend itself had ferociously bad weather with high winds and heavy rain for the first two days - all the other schools cancelled their camps in the area, let alone hikes.

Two of the five groups had to be rescued, one group had to carry out their teacher, the other two groups (including mine) made it at the cost of injuries and leeches and dangerous river fording which we really shouldn't have done. In our group, there were two big sturdy girls, and we ended up dragging the four lightweight girls and adult (my mother) across cliff-faces and exposed hills, carrying them piggyback across a flooding creek, and then had to carry out 25kg packs because the other girls and my mother couldn't manage both the vile weather, the 17km daily hikes and the 15kg max weight of their packs. It was an absolute disaster except that we were the only group that didn't get lost, I'm still astonished nobody died, and I have no intention of pushing myself like that ever again if I don't have to. I am no longer very fit, but I am pretty strong and have endurance, and a great sense of direction, but I don't want to have to use it.

The teacher in charge thought it was all great experience, and despite parents pushing for him to be fired, the only change made was that the adults involved had to be experienced in the wilderness. He was left in charge for another three years until he got fired for having sex with 18-year-old female students.
Anonymous (will be screened)
OpenID (will be screened if not validated)
Identity URL: 
Account name:
If you don't have an account you can create one now.
HTML doesn't work in the subject.


If you are unable to use this captcha for any reason, please contact us by email at

Notice: This account is set to log the IP addresses of everyone who comments.
Links will be displayed as unclickable URLs to help prevent spam.

Most Popular Tags

Powered by Dreamwidth Studios

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags