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Orlando Fraser & Patrick Tully tackle Yosemite

Orlando Fraser  Patrick Tully

After leaving Wells Orlando Fraser and Patrick Tully (OWs 2017) have taken part in a national CCF expedition to Yosemite National Park in California organised by the Cadet Centre for Adventurous Training. With 13 other cadets they went to the place known to climbers as the birthplace of modern rock climbing. The students were selected to take part in the trip during their final year at Wells with other cadets chosen from around the UK. Throughout their trip the boys climbed in teams of three, tackling some of Yosemite’s classic routes.

Patch said, “The School CCF has been excellent in helping us to apply and prepare for this once in a lifetime expedition!”

Orlando and Patrick were both noted for adventure sports at Wells, each completing the CCF 48 mile Jersey Round Island Walk and achieving a DoE Gold Award.

Orlando was a Sgt. in the CCF and did previous CCAT courses in the UK. He won the Avon Schools Orienteering fixture and was part of the Bristol Schools Climbing Competition at Undercover Rock. He also represented Wells in a chemistry competition and won gold in the British Physics Olympiad. He is now reading engineering at Oriel College, Oxford

Patch was also a noted athlete from an early age. He played cricket for a junior Somerset County side and in hockey was selected for the Somerset Junior Academy. He later played for the 1st XI sides. He is also a seasoned yomper, once being first home in the Save the Children Fund Walk. He is now on a gap year very busy with running, dog walking and working at The George in Croscombe. This will be followed by South Africa, Sweden and then Scotland, where he will be working with Rebecca Ridgeway, the first woman to kayak around Cape Horn. He is off to study Geography at Sheffield next Autumn (chosen because it is regarded as having the best climbing club of all the Universities!).