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15 October 2013

Last year Hindleap Warren, London Youth's outdoor education centre on the Ashdown Forest, provided powerful personal and social development for 9,727 young people.

For many of them the highlight of the visit was a safe but real taste of adventure – learning to leave their 'comfort zone' by: reaching the top of the climbing wall; navigating the pitch black muddy tunnels; or successfully completing the leap of faith.

Hindleap staff like to practise what they preach, so now Senior Instructor Rosie Cole is going on an adventure of her own! She's off mountaineering in the Himalayas for a month. If all goes well, the expedition will culminate in an ascent of Mera Peak at 6,476 metres (and that's higher than Siula Grande, the mountain Joe Simpson had just climbed in Touching the Void!)

Rosie says "I've always been fixated with mountains and had an ambition to go to the Everest region. I am full of nervous excitement, and can't wait to tell everyone about it when I get back. And can everyone stop talking about Touching the Void!"

Watch this space for further news!