We had heard some ‘drama’ stories from last year's group of how the 800m summit climb was pretty tough, but I’m pretty sure some of us didn’t quite know what we were getting ourselves into!
Kia ora, I'm Kaea and I'm here to talk about the Y11 trip up the Pinnacles. We had heard some ‘drama’ stories from last year's group of how the 800m summit climb was pretty tough, but I’m pretty sure some of us didn’t quite know what we were getting ourselves into! We all chucked our packs on ready to get going when Matua Josh pulled out all the added group gear, food and water we needed to transport up. It looked impossible but we all chipped in and shared the load and with no guarantee of water at the top the fit fullas took one for the team and loaded their packs up.
Our kaupapa for the tramp was to look out for each other and show support wherever we could. Helping those that were struggling through encouragement and carrying their packs helped us all summit the maunga with a smile on our faces.
Me and my group were encouraged / forced to push hard up to the summit so that we could dump our packs and then return to help our other groups in their final push to the top. When met up with them they were stoked to see us and were grateful to let us help! It was an amazing achievement for our year level as this pushed a lot of students outside of their comfort zones.
We talked heaps about reflecting on this experience and how we can relate it to the year ahead. If we are all in it together supporting each other and pushing through when things get tough we can definitely reach our potential in 2021. This experience helped us discover more about who we are, what we have to offer and provided the confidence to know that we can achieve great things.