It’s not long now until our Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh trainees attempt their assessed expeditions in the Lake District!
Back in April, the Bronze and Silver groups embarked on their practice expeditions in the Edale Valley, Peak District and put their navigation skills to the test.
The whole group set out with four members of staff a couple of days before their expedition for an intensive two days of route planning, navigation training, shopping and equipment sessions before taking their first independent steps as a group, with just their map and route cards to guide them.
On Day One of their practice expedition, the Silver group struggled through the weather to climb Lose Hill and then walk down to Hollins Cross and Mam Tor. Bags were heavy and feet were weary, yet the group persevered to make it to their campsite at Upper Booth. Meanwhile, the Bronze group walked their way around the bottom of Mam Tor to meet the Silver group at Upper Booth for their next day’s adventure up Jacob’s Ladder to Kinderscout.
The second day saw both groups try to take on Kinderscout despite the rainy weather and persistent wind. Despite the groups’ admirable effort and them all making it up Jacob’s Ladder, the decision was made to descend because of the adverse weather and use the experience as yet another lesson of the importance of good kit and group equipment, especially group shelters.
The group finished their expedition with relieved smiles on all their faces. Over the course of the five days, the group learned a lot of skills in a practical way; they learned as they walked, which proved very successful. The group now take the lessons learned from the Peaks to take on the Lakes this July, hoping for better weather and more waterproof clothing (just in case!).