Outdoor education students from Tarawera High School have scaled new heights at their recent camp.

At the end of May, the Year 12 class headed to Wharepapa South in Waikato for two days of outdoor climbing and abseiling.

On arrival, the 16 students had to share the crag with two other schools, while gaining appreciation of the climbing and opportunities they would soon get to experience.

Students had to demonstrate setting up for a climb, safe belaying and a range of different climbing skills and techniques on the wall. They also had to participate in two abseils which were at heights of 25m and 35m.

The students stayed in a woolshed which provided hot showers and the means to cook.

Leela Woodgate, teacher and trip leader said it was fun to see kids off their phones.

“[They were] engaging in heated card games and chilling out on the mattresses provided marae style,” Mrs Woodgate said.

The second day involved climbing and abseiling and some students worked towards a level three assessment.

– Supplied by Tarawera High School.

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