TGS students recently left Sydney for an outdoor adventure: visiting the Blue Mountains. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Blue Mountains are renowned for their breathtaking views, fascinating geology and majestic scenery. The mountains are in close proximity to Sydney, and are often a popular destination for weekend getaways for locals interested in an outdoor retreat.
The Blue Mountains
The tour guide, Craig, provided great information to the students about the ecology and geology of the mountains. As part of the tour, he lead the group to a cave featuring distinct sedimentary layers, giving a visual representation of the geology and age of the Blue Mountains themselves.
In “the classroom with no walls”
In addition to its fantastic vistas and educational opportunities for budding geologists, the mountains provide ideal conditions for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Mostly composed of sandstone, the Blue Mountains are cut by gorges up to 760 meters deep – perfect for canyoning, rappelling, and climbing. Nick Sagar, rock climbing expert, came along on the trip and helped facilitate the hands-on, real world training for students. Their previous experience was completely based on training on climbing walls; this would be their first experience in the out of doors, climbing natural formations.
A’ntonia and Alex contemplate the climb
Prepping the gear
In addition to climbing, students worked with Nick to to learn rappelling or “abseiling.” Essentially the opposite of rock climbing, abseiling is the controlled descent down a rock face or waterfall using a rope. Sometimes, the challenge of coming down a mountain can be even more exhilarating than climbing up!
Brad and Mavis abseiling.
Learn more about Nick Sagar working with TGS students and how Nick enjoyed the experience. Also, stay tuned for an upcoming post on the Blue Mountains adventure from Marta Guevara, TGS teacher, as she gives her first hand account of the trip.