Norwich teenager is ready for a Himalayan adventure
A Norwich student is preparing to explore one of the more remote areas of the Himalayan mountains in Asia this summer.
Jack Himpleman is going on a five-week expedition this summer courtesy of the Army and the British Schools Exploring Society (BSES).
The 17-year-old from Poringland is one of just three young people from the east of England who have been given the opportunity to go on the expedition.
Leaving at the end of July, Jack will be visiting a relatively unexplored area of the Himalayas inhabited by blue sheep, Himalayan deer, marmots, eagles and the elusive snow leopard.
As well as taking part in fieldwork projects the team will also, weather permitting, have the opportunity to climb peaks of up to 6,000m.
All of the students the Army are supporting are on the Army Further Education Bursary Scheme, which supports young people considering a career in the Army.
Jack, who is studying for his A Levels at City College Norwich, said: 'This is such an unexpected and amazing opportunity. When I applied for the bursary, I never thought that it would lead to me going on an expedition to the Himalayas.
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'I could have gone to the Arctic but I decided on the Himalayas because it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I know that it is going to be tough physically but I am really looking forward to the expedition.'
When he finishes his studies next year, Jack plans to join the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers alongside his older brother John.
Major Mike Robinson, Army careers adviser for Norfolk and Suffolk, added: 'Jack is totally deserving of this opportunity. It will be tough but I am sure that he will make the most of the expedition.
'The Army is committed to supporting further education.
'Helping students to go on expeditions such as this one shows that FEBS is about so much more than just helping students financially.
'It is about helping young people in their personal development, building confidence and team player skills.'
For more about careers in the Army or the Further Education Bursary Scheme visit www.army.mod.com or contact the Norwich Army Careers Information Office on 01603 632382.
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