There had been a lot of debate prior to this about whether to take the easy route and spend a leisurely day together or a more active challenge. The latter won (much to the dismay of some of our less ‘macho’ team members).
So, the challenge was set and we were on our way to How Stean Gorge in the Yorkshire Dales to climb, crawl, drag and swim ourselves up a gorge.
As we arrived we were met with drizzle and uncertain weather. Spirits were not dampened however as we all gathered to sign our lives/limbs away with a health & safety disclaimer (alarmingly one of the instructors was missing half a finger).
Once dressed and raring to go (perhaps a few of us a little uncertain about heights/getting our hair wet/ smudging our make-up) we got harnessed up and began the first part of the day – climbing along the rocks of the gorge, also known as the Via Ferrata, Latin for ‘iron way.’ As we battled a series of metal beams, ladders and cables it was good to see everyone get stuck in, and helping each other along.
Next we donned some truly flattering wet suits (see photo!) and abseiled 45ft (15m) into the gorge to be met with freezing cold water and fast flowing rapids.
As we waded through the water, the challenges really began. One by one we slipped on the rocks and plunged into the water, but everyone was on hand to help each other – albeit laughing. The most difficult part was attempting to climb up the gorge as the water smashed down and took us back to where we began. Words of encouragement were shouted and hands held out and together we made it to the end where everyone (well almost everyone…) jumped into the plunge pool.
The day was enjoyed by all – even those initially apprehensive, and as we left smelling of river we set off to the pub.
So what did we learn on our team away day? We all look damn fine in a wet suit…