Stories of RCN

Outdoor Leadership

2019-04-04T09:14:38+01:00April 4th, 2019|

The Outdoor Leaders in training went on their 5th trip over the weekend of 30th March. It was spring skiing: an overnight trip with the aim to ski in steeper terrain with more complex route-finding, needing an awareness of avalanche danger. Recent days of high winds had warned us that avalanche danger might be high and, coupled with poor visibility, we were extra careful with the navigation as we climbed up behind Storehesten.

On the north side of the mountain the snow was still deep, and we found a good place for our tents, in good position to ascend the next day. The evening saw increasing winds and quite a lot of new snow. We definitely did not have spring conditions in the hills yet! The morning was predicted to bring decreasing wind and clearing skies so, after breakfast, we set out towards the top and after a while it did indeed clear up. Unfortunately the wind had scoured the hillside of any new snow leaving only the old icy sheet of snow. So, as a group, we decided to descend to camp and pack up for the return back to the school.

Although we were only a small group,we still had a good time and got to feel how it was to be exposed to the poor weather, and experience how the wind and the poor visibility impacted what we could do. It was interesting to see how the landscape changed from being dark and intimidating to becoming light and inviting depending on the visibility. Navigation without visible landmarks or a trail to follow is demanding. We all got valuable practice and experiences even though we would have preferred still and sunny days.

See the video here.

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Never to forget again!

2019-03-21T09:07:20+01:00March 21st, 2019|

On Tuesday evening there was a rare opportunity for students to learn about the whole process of human birthing from an experienced midwife, lecturer, former staff member. Hilary Hamper came to RCN as our first nurse, a job she had for fourteen years. Before coming to Norwa,y she has been a midwife for many years. So it became a tradition, when the reproduction, pregnancy and , development are covered in Biology to invite Hilary for an evening plenary session. Without exception, it has been a jaw-dropping presentation absorbed by undivided attention (by some non-biology students, too) – especially Hilary’s iconic sock & doll birth demo. Some explicit videos were shown, too. One thing was sure – nobody was bored, and the questions were shooting incessantly for an hour and a half. Thank you Hilary, again, for an inspiring input on the process we all went through – and forgot about.

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A Colourful Visitor

2019-01-23T13:36:47+01:00January 23rd, 2019|

A large light spectrum visits our biology lab on those rare clear days in winter, when the Sun is high enough over the hills but low enough to shine through an accidental prism (a half-hexagon aquarium placed by the window). This makes the white light split into its shiny component colours.

This stunning light phenomena happens in the most “lightless” part of the year. On a clear day, it first shows up as a short splash of colour and then continuously elongates along the wall until it disappears – a portrait of Earth’s rotation around the Sun.

It’s longest lasting dance along the wall happens at the end of November and beginning of February but it was once even spotted as late as an April evening – but for less than a minute.

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