At the start of the Easter holidays, whilst many of us were taking it a little easier, and perhaps taste-testing a little chocolate, nine intrepid Sixth Formers headed for the great outdoors – specifically, the Brecon Beacons in South Wales. Their challenge? A four-day practice expedition for their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
In an area used by the SAS for training, the students split into two groups and navigated their way across more than 50 kilometres of rugged terrain – a task made more difficult by the scarcity of paths and tracks. Self-sufficiency was the order of the day and they carried with them all the provisions they needed, including camping gear. On two nights they camped in farmers’ fields, with rather basic facilities, however, the other night was classed as ‘wild camping’ – no facilities in sight! Happily, fortune favours the brave and the weather was kind – indeed sunny at times.
Although self-sufficient, the students’ progress was monitored and they showed amazing navigation and teamwork skills that will set them up well for their qualifying expedition in the Lake District in July.