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Cadet adventurers on top of the world
YOUNG adventurers are being sought to take a giant leap for mankind on an otherworldly plateau.
People in Dorset aged between 15 and 20 are invited to join the Dorset Expedition-ary Society (DES) on its Moonlands Expedition in Asia next summer.
The venture is destined for the Tibetan Plateau at 14,000ft, close to the borders of China and Pakistan. During a five-week period, the group will white-water raft, trek, climb and mountain bike as well as undertaking one of the most challenging road journeys in the world across two chains of the Himalayas.
Leader John Hegarty said the expedition area is the high-est inhabited place on earth and also one of the driest.
He added: “For eight months of every year the entire region is cut off, as snow blocks all the road passes.
“Such isolation has allowed the Tibetan culture to survive and prosper.
“The area is known as ‘Little Tibet’ and it remains one of the few places where Budd-hist religion, beliefs and lifestyle have remained un-changed.”
Registered charity the DES has worked in Dorset for 30 years and has fielded more than 100 expeditions across 20 destinations involving more than 2,000 young people.
The area offers challenging rafting, he said, with glacial melt waters running down from the highest peaks in the world.
The altitude of the Tibetan Plateau means that mountain biking trails can descend thousands of feet in a single session providing some world class rides.
Group member George Simmonds, who visited on a previous occasion, said: “Moonlands was one of the most challenging, exciting and life changing things I have ever done.
“It has made a huge difference to my life”.
Young applicants who apply for the expedition will need to undertake a selection course to test their ability to operate effectively as a team.
The next Moonlands Selection Course is from Friday November 29 until Sunday December 1 and is based on Dartmoor.
Applications are invited from young people who are fit and willing to take on a challenge.
Details and an application form are now available from John Hegarty at Budmouth College, Weymouth on 01305 830500.
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