We asked the Rab Young Alpinists what the best part of the trip had been…
"There's so much to choose from but I think the sunrise walk was the best part because the views were breath-taking and nothing I'd ever seen before."
"Summiting and sunsets! I am much more confident now and want to take my dad out to the Alps.
"100% yes I’d do it again, it was an amazing trip and opportunity, thank you Rab, Ric, Cal and Tamsin, it gave me adventures and challenges I wasn't ready to do myself and I am so much more confident now!"
"Can I just say thank you so much to Rab for supporting Ric and us, it was an amazing trip and I am planning on getting back out to the Alps!"
"I would definitely go back; it was a life-changing experience that I won't forget."
"I would most certainly go on a trip like this again as I think I may want to pursue a career in the outdoors someday, therefore, I will need all the experience and expertise I can gather before wanting to start a career as a mountain guide or whatever I decide I want to pursue in the future. Even if I don't continue to create a career out of the outdoors then a trip like this is extremely memorable and a once in a lifetime opportunity I would jump at if I was given the chance again."
“We had a motivated and diverse group from all manner of backgrounds. Everybody was enthusiastic and got on very well despite their differences - a testament to the shared enthusiasm of the team and the vetting process they went through.”
A few of the team members were keen to pursue a career in the outdoors in the future and hopefully, an experience like this will both inspire and provide a solid foundation from which to progress.
So what’s in the future? After the success of this year’s Rab Young Alpinist Programme, we are looking to expand the scope of the programme to include young people from a much wider catchment area. We hope that the programme continues to inspire young people to take up alpinism, continuing to break the barriers that maybe there between them and the mountains.
Ric Potter, Callum Muskett, Tamsin Gay
Photographer: Ben Tibbetts