From the moment I began my journey with British Exploring Society, I felt a sense that everything was going to be okay.
Throughout the journey, I was guided by a dedicated staff member who was always just a call, message, or email away, putting me at ease. As someone who occasionally struggles with organisation, everything from the information packs (particularly the pre-made checklists and the check-ins) really set in tone the experience.
British Exploring Society is truly one of a kind and stands apart from any other charity organisation I know.
“I feel like I’ve seen an improvement in my attitude. While I would feel uncertain about problems I faced, I feel like I’m taking on a more resilient attitude because of what I accomplished.”
During my expedition I learned to understand the importance of sustainability, managing my emotions, and communicating more about how I feel. The thought of being surrounded by people 24/7 and not having my own space worried me at first but in reality, I was given so much freedom and it wasn’t an issue. I count myself lucky to have been with such special people who all brought a different dynamic to the group.
I recall the first 3 days into the expedition, as we hiked up Ben Frack I remember thinking how would I survive 2 more weeks of this. That thought, however, changed very quickly. And I must say, the highlights overshadowed these moments of doubt.
Paring up with my tentmate was a blessing in disguise as we bonded so soon after and the moments we shared as a group, from stargazing to bonding over experiences like our time in the loch are things I will never forget.
What stood out especially to me, was our expedition leaders. They showed a passion I don’t think I’ve seen in a long time. Their voluntary commitment, genuine love for what they do, and their unwavering support throughout, truly transformed our experience. Without them, I’m almost certain the expedition wouldn’t have been the same.
Post-expedition, I feel like I’ve seen an improvement in my attitude. While I would feel uncertain about problems I faced, I feel like I’m taking on a more resilient attitude because of what I accomplished; Now I also understand and manage my emotions better. I’ve also been in regular touch with friends from the expedition and I will keep cherishing them.
I applied to the Hartz Scottish Explorers expedition to prove to myself that I’m not defined by past regrets or moments of self-doubt , although from time to time I still struggle with those negative thoughts. Climbing up Ben Lawyers as well as completing the expedition is something I will always remember.
Something I want to stress to those in doubt about whether to go on a British Exploring Society expedition is to communicate your worries and hopefully you will make the choice to go for it!