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As over 40 intrepid students accompanied by their teachers, headed south to tackle part of the scenic and challenging Cape to Cape walk in weeks four and five of this term, the sky began to darken, rapidly taking on the appearance of a Wagnerian opera. As bolts of lightning put on a spectacular show, the planned Day One afternoon walk was put on hold, and groups were transported directly to their first overnight camp spot.
The forecast had predicted plenty of bad weather for the week and students were encouraged to bring suitable clothing, but fortunately, as the week went on, the showers decreased in both frequency and intensity.
Both groups, one of whom walked from Redgate Beach to the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and the other from Hamelin Bay to Prevelly, soon switched into expedition mode, and whilst some sections were physically and mentally challenging, made short work of a hike of around 6o km in three and a half days.
The final night was spent at a caravan park in Augusta with the luxury of hot showers and proper, flushing toilets! A traditional supper of fish and chips was a welcome change from camp food and breakfast the next morning took in the delights that Margaret River had to offer.
The Year 10 hike is always something that is fondly remembered by Old Helenians, long after the aching muscles and blisters fade, each year generating a wealth of stories. This year will be no exception and we commend the students who took part on how well they coped with all the challenges they faced.
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