Duke of Edinburgh 2014
- Published: Friday, 19 September 2014 09:04
|A large number of sixth-formers (71 in total, divided into 5 qualifying groups and 6 practice groups) undertook expeditions in the North-west Lake District during the last week of the summer term.|
A large number of sixth-formers (71 in total, divided into 5 qualifying groups and 6 practice groups) undertook expeditions in the North-west Lake District during the last week of the summer term.
A second year of hot and dry weather in the Lake District was most unusual – although the qualifying groups who had undertaken their practice expeditions in last year’s blistering heat, took no chances with sunburn or dehydration and were well-prepared. Due to the good weather, the planned wild camps took place in some stunning locations such as Styhead and Sprinkling Tarn with some breath-taking sunsets and sunrises. There were challenges too with the heat inevitably leading to most groups getting behind their route card on at least one day as the temptation and/or necessity to rest took hold.
Nevertheless, despite some very long days, all the qualifying groups completed successfully after 4 days of walking with 3 nights under canvas and were duly congratulated by their external assessors. A number of these U6 students have now completed all sections of their Gold Award. The practice groups, who undertook a slightly shorter expedition, were also largely successful although many valuable lessons were learnt which will better equip them for the qualifying expeditions next year.