Ceilidh to raise funds for Calum’s Himalayan adventure

Calum is a keen hill walker
Calum is a keen hill walker

Calum Kitching, an S5 pupil at Aboyne Academy, is holding a ceilidh in Aboyne on Saturday, March 19 to raise money for a Himalayan adventure.

Calum has been selected to spend five weeks in Ladakh, in the Indian Himalayas, in July 2016 with the British Exploring Society (BES).

BES is a youth development charity which aims to educate and inspire young people through adventure and geographical research.

The expedition’s main area of focus is to conduct research in areas such as botany, glaciology, physiology, meteorology and anthropology.

This data is used to help local research centres and conservation projects, as well as being given to organisations such as the Royal Meteorological Society and the World Wildlife fund.

The BES has been running expeditions to Ladakh for 17 years which has enabled research on climate and environmental change spanning the years.

Research conducted on the expeditions also benefits the local people by providing data on tourism and sustainable development in the region and helping them to understand and adapt to the impact of climate change.

A large part of the expedition involves higher altitude trekking, camping and living at around 5000m above sea level. Participants also have the opportunity to climb mountains of up to 6000m above sea level.

Calum is hoping to study geography and outdoor education at Stirling University. He said: “This expedition will support my application by giving me real hands on experience of fieldwork techniques.

“I am particularly interested in glaciology and mountains landscapes so am really excited about this aspect of the expedition.

“I am a keen hill runner so I am also excited about moving in mountains which is something I love doing.

“I think that the experience of working with others on this expedition will also help to give me an insight into outdoor leadership skills.

“As a keen runner another aspect of the expedition I am interested in is the effect of altitude on physiological development and acclimatisation.”