Student to tackle trek to Himalayas

Jack Smiith with teacher Barrie Campbell and Josh Simpson from Williamt Henry Smith School, Rastrick, who were competing in the Highest Classroom on Earth challenge
Jack Smiith with teacher Barrie Campbell and Josh Simpson from Williamt Henry Smith School, Rastrick, who were competing in the Highest Classroom on Earth challenge

A Rastrick student has successfully won a place to the Highest Classroom on Earth.

Josh Simpson who attends William Henry Smith School has qualified as one of ten pupils to take part in a 15-day trek to the Himalayas.

The challenge in October will see the group with complex learning and behavioural issues embark on the challenge of a lifetime.

It is an expedition that will test them to their physical and emotional limits, a gruelling yet potentially life-changing adventure where they will trek to the Mount Everest Base Camp and beyond to the Kala Patthar summit.

Josh qualified for the expedition after taking part in the Rock and Road Wales 24 Ultra 200 in North Wales, the third stage of the training and selection process.

He joined sixteen other students including Jack Smith also from the William Henry Smith School to climb Snowdon, Wales’ highest mountain, and Britain’s third highest, with an elevation of 3,560ft, along with mountains Cadair Idris and Pen y Fan.

They were also joined by a number of elite athletes who also cycled a 190 mile bike ride from Cardiff Castle to Caernarfon Castle, a route used by competitors in the Ironman Triathlon, to show their support for the extraordinary effort of the pupils.

The youngsters could cycle some of the route too.

This was the second task the students faced. Back in March they completed the Snowdonia Challenge. The group hiked the 12km Slateman route, a stretch which is part of The Slateman Triathlon.

The 15-year-old now needs to raise £3,000 for the trip. The school has managed to raise £3,000 towards the trip. Anyone interested in sponsoring them or would like more information should contact the school on 01484 710123.