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UK training bases for expeditions

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 hugh1201 11 Jan 2022

Hello there, 

Slightly unusual question, but I wondered whether anyone could give examples of explorers/climbers/adventurers etc. using the UK as a training ground pre-departure? So, one well-known example is Hillary in Snowdonia pre-1953, are there others? 

Thanks! 

 tlouth7 11 Jan 2022
In reply to hugh1201:

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush includes a passage on a rather bumbling (as befits the general tone of the book) trip to Snowdonia to see if they were any good at climbing.

 felt 11 Jan 2022
In reply to hugh1201:

I think I'm right in saying that Scott, Shackleton and other characters in the "heroic age" of Antarctic exploration did no specific training whatsoever.

 hugh1201 11 Jan 2022
In reply to felt:

Possibly, although I thought they had maybe done a little training in Finse or elsewhere in Norway, so just wondered if they or others had used the UK like Hillary then did. 

 Tony the Blade 11 Jan 2022
In reply to hugh1201:

I seem to remember hearing that there used to be a hut at High Rocks that was a also used as a base for the Everest team. The hut has long gone but there is still eveidence of it.


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