Students head to the Peak District for D of E expedition
Last weekend, 50 students from Year 11 and the Lower Sixth headed to the Peak District to complete the practice expedition of their Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The weekend started early for the pupils and by 10am they had arrived in Edale ready to start the day’s training. Bags were quickly checked by the group’s instructors, lots of waterproofs and warm clothes added, and maps skills recapped, before the groups started their hike. Fortunately, despite the weather forecasts predicting torrential rain, the sunshine held out and all groups had an excellent day. They successfully navigated Mam Tor and made it into camp in plenty of time to pitch tents, plan the next day’s routes, and prepare a well-deserved dinner before dark.
Day two, still in good spirits, the groups woke bright and early to prepare a cooked breakfast to warm them through after a rather chilly night. Camps were packed and students set off once again, this time on their own, having impressed the instructors greatly the day before with their outdoor skills. Whilst not so lucky with the weather, they once again excelled in navigating and most were early into camp having sped through the day’s routes.
Finally, on day three the end was in sight. Tents were packed to perfection, pegs scrubbed and straightened, and trangias polished until they glistened, and that was before they set off. The start of the day’s march saw the race begin: which team would be first to the finish point where self-sufficiency could end and a vast array of sweets, hot chocolate, and ice cream be purchased? All teams powered on and the 20km for the day was covered before lunchtime for many. An impressive end to a successful weekend which saw all pupils pass ready to complete their Qualifying Expedition in March next year. Fingers crossed for another weekend of sunshine!