OA Trip

Shell OA Week

From leaping off sheer rock faces to scaling the peaks of the Brecon Beacons, no challenge was too great for pupils on Marlborough College OA Week. All of the 180+ pupils in the Shell had the opportunity to round off their first year at the school by participating in the Outdoors Activities trip. The week […]

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OA Expedition to Langtang Valley, Nepal

Having only just returned from our exciting expedition in Nepal, memories are still fresh.  The chanting of ‘Om mani padme hum, the Buddhism mantra, heard as we walked around both Swayambhu Stupa, or monkey temple as it is often referred to and again at Boudhanath stupa, one of the largest stupa’s in the world made […]

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Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race 2018

125 miles of kayaking, or canoeing, from Devizes to Westminster Bridge is a formidable challenge for senior and junior teams alike. All junior teams undertake the challenge over the four days of the Easter weekend. From fairly humble beginnings the popularity of this event for the Lower and Upper 6th has grown year on year […]

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Slovenia

Slovenia is a small alpine country nestled between Austria to the north, Italy to the West, Croatia to the South and Hungary to the East. With a population of around only 2 million and a cultural interest in the outdoors, pre-trip research suggested that the Triglav National Park, one of the largest national reserves in […]

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Review: Climbing Kilimanjaro

‘Pole, pole’ we soon learnt is Swahili for ‘slowly, slowly’, it was all to be about timing. This was soon to become our Mantra for the joint Marlborough College and Dauntsey’s school expedition to Tanzania. Our aim was firstly to summit Mt Meru at 4,566m in preparation and acclimatisation for our main objective, Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro […]

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Iceland

After a four hour flight, eight Upper and Lower Sixth students and three teachers touched down in the Land of Ice and Fire. On the journey to our hostel in Rekyjavik we glimpsed for the first time the spectacular Icelancic scenery – hot vents billowing out vapour with volcanic rock and ash stretching for miles […]

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Peru Trip

During the 2014 summer break the Outdoor Activities Department undertook an Expedition to the Cordillera Blanca, Peru, completing the 4 day Santa Cruz trek and then a planned ascent of Maparaju (5,326m). ACCLIMATIMATION Arriving in Lima after a 12 hour flight we stayed overnight before travelling via coach for 9 hours to Huaraz (3000m). After […]

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Swiss Alps

A mountain is never conquered, it is only when you are lucky enough to stand on top of one as the sun is rising that you realise this. During the early part of the Summer break the Outdoor Activities Department and 9 young adventures made their way to Arolla, a picturesque Swiss village high up […]

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Ladakh

The 2012 Outdoor Activity Department College expedition was to Ladakh, in the Indian Himalayas. Thirteen Marlburians committed themselves to the 18 day expedition setting off a day after the Leavers Ball with a 24 hour stop off in Delhi. Arriving at Leh airport the following day was a huge culture shock. Leh is approximately 3,500m […]

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Dolomites

The expedition to the Dolomite range of mountains in Northern Italy was a huge success. The combination of physical and mental challenges was a first time experience for many of the group. This provided an opportunity of discovery; not just of the stunning scenery, but also of the individuals themselves. Happily, every member of the […]

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