The British Exploring Society is taking young people from disadvantaged backgrounds out of their comfort zones and changing their lives in the process.
We are into week two, the third day of the mountain section. After climbing Mt Sellandafjall the nine adventurers in Team Bull are still going strong when I drop behind to speak to Neil Laughton, the inspirational chief leader. He is hiking with Adrian Taylor, the national project manager with Catch 22 and a social leader on the trip. ‘Dependence to independence,’ summarises Laughton, who also gives up his time to oversee the programme on training weekends in the South Downs and the Scottish Highlands.