Outdoor adventures enjoyed by intrepid Perse students

Adventurous Perse students braved the great outdoors with special half term excursions.

North Wales was the scene for those taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award practice expedition.

The extremely wet and windy conditions in Snowdonia provided plenty of training opportunities for each group and pushed them to improve their outdoor skills with good navigation required and many camping tactics tested in-between downpours.

However, on the middle day of the expedition the weather cleared sufficiently for each party to enjoy hiking in the mountains, with some students reaching the 726-metre summit of Moel Eilio despite being weighed down by heavy backpacks.

Meanwhile, Summit 11 pupils attended a training camp to gain the knowledge and skills they will need for their planned summer canoe trip.

As well as being put through their paddling paces, they learned how to build a camp using hammocks and tarps, got to grips with the cutting tools required to prepare firewood and cooked meals on open fire boxes.

Perse outdoor pursuits instructor Kieron Taylor said: “Windy conditions tested those canoeing, but in general the weather gods were on our side and a good experience was gained. I look forward to seeing the skills learned transfer into our summer adventures.”

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