200km confidence-inspiring expedition tests students

Project K Students walking through hills

A group of Hornby High School students have a whole lot more confidence in themselves now that they have completed a 200km expedition through the Southern Alps.

The 12 tired, year 10 students were greeted with a moving kapa haka performance by their peers when they cycled back onto school grounds after spending four days in the wilderness.

As part of the Graeme Dingle Foundation‘s Project K programme, the students made their way back to school from the Lewis Pass by mountain biking and hiking, carrying enough gear and food supply for the journey.

Losing their cellphones and contact with everyone and having to trust and rely on their 12 fellow participants for survival, was only the start of a journey for a group who had never experienced wilderness activities or living in the outdoors.

While the weather was generally fine over the expedition, the group experienced morning frosts, mist and rain as their journey threw challenges such as the summiting of Mt Oxford, 100km of mountain biking, caving and abseiling down a cliff.

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