As part of their expedition training, 47 students attended the first full DofE bronze-award training walk near to Helsby on Saturday 9 June. The three groups were required to carry full expedition equipment (including sleeping bag and additional clothes), exactly as they will be expected to do during the actual assessed expedition in July.
The day started with staff weighing each student’s full rucksack to ensure it weighed no more than a quarter of their body weight and checking that the minimum amount of safety equipment was in place. Following a 20-mile drive our intrepid adventurers assembled at Dunham-on-the-Hill to start practising navigation and cross-country skills.
Mr Cross said: “Each team performed fantastically, coping with changing weather conditions (the forecast was for less than 5% chance of rain but that 5% managed to find us!) and navigation issues along the route. The students became more confident working as a team and making decisions about obstacles that cropped up, including an unexpected group of horses on a public right of way and a full field of cattle, blocking off the only direct way forward. All of this resulted in everyone walking a little bit more than the required eight miles – staff pedometers clocked the walks at 9.5-10 miles – but only finishing 20 minutes later than planned.”
The teams returned to school tired but pleased at completing a successful day and keen to attend the next training walk on Saturday 23 June which will take place around Delamere.
Click to read about the group’s initial training walk in May 2018.