from Concord set off on expedition to Bolivia

Friday June 30, 2017

Thirteen Concord students, accompanied by three teachers and a guide, have set off on a three week expedition to Bolivia on the South American continent. And one of the first challenges for the group from Concord will be coping with the altitude. They fly into an altitude of 3,600 metres which is La Paz, the highest capital city in the world. The 9 girls and four boys, aged between 16 and 18, will spend a week acclimatising to the conditions and then begin work on a community project. They will then begin the four day task of helping to build a greenhouse in a village which is high and the air thin.  The ground is also poor quality, but the students are hoping they will help villagers to grown their own food. They will then head south to explore the salt flats of Salar de Uyuni which, at 4,000 metres high, are the largest salt flats in the world. The group will afterwards make a four day trek into a mountainous region further north.  They will visit a valley in the mountains to the foot of a glacier just over 5,000 metres high in the Andes. Accompanying the students will be Dr Rob Pugh, Dr Phil Outram and Dr Danielle Donaldson for whom the expedition to Bolivia will also be a 'first.' Before the party left Concord College, Dr. Outram emphasised the importance of everyone acclimatising to the altitude. "Everyone will be equipped with an altitude drugs box," he added.