At the beginning of April, twelve Lower Sixth students braved the elements of Snowdonia to complete their Training Expedition for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Two days of preliminary hill navigation training in and around Capel Curig was followed by three days of walking, wild camp cooking and overnight camping. This gave pupils the weather and terrain that they required to consolidate their newly acquired skills! The weather ranged from very warm sunshine to mist and rain, with visibility down to 50 metres.
All students showed great physical resilience, as the ground was very boggy and the routes contained much height gain. However each peak conquered provided another stunning and rewarding view. Despite having wet, sore and blistered feet for three days the smiles remained!
At the end of the expedition pupils attended a debrief. Key targets discussed included being more vocal when leading, to help their speed of decision making whilst navigating and time management in camp. Useful advice that will be put into practise on the Assessed Expedition in Brecon in late June.
The students faced challenging conditions and to do so well on their training expedition is a great compliment to them all. Well done, a fantastic achievement.
Published: Wednesday, 18th April 2018