D of E Gold expedition to Lake District

Dated: 8 August 2017

 
 
Our first D of E Gold started last month as eight brave students battled the elements and the altitude in the Lake District. With the help of a couple of Army trained instructors (and thankfully geotagged so they wouldn't get lost) they hiked and camped across the peaks for five days, as practice for their solo expedition next month...
 
Many thanks to Jack for the amazing photos...
 
 
  
Students Annick and Ella reported back to us...
 
"Our Gold Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition was from the third to the seventh of July in Langdale, Lake District National Park, Cumbria.
 
 
 
Our first day consisted of walking 20 kilometres in torrential rain and reaching heights where we were surrounded by clouds...
 
 
On the first  night we had arranged to do a compulsory ‘wild-camp’ near a lake called Angle Tarn, which meant camping on the side of a mountain with a waterfall near us as we had no toilets or fresh running water...
 
 
Ella and Annick - still smiling despite the lack of bathrooms... 
 
 
Our forth night was also a ‘wild-camp’ but seemed a little more bearable and easier as we knew what to expect and also all of our kit wasn’t drenched in rain.
 
 
We walked for roughly eight hours a day and most of it was uphill, but on the last day we were happy to find out that it was all downhill. 
 
 
Even though for the whole five days it didn’t stop raining - and we were all on a diet of pasta, rice and sweets - we still all made friends for life and worked as a team to survive and keep each other feeling positive and motivated." 
 
 
 
 
 
Well done to the whole group for toughing it out and enduring incredible hardship through rain, wind, dangerous terrain, cold, hunger, dead sheep and primitive bathroom conditions. We congratulate them for their resilience, especially as they will be doing it all again in a couple of weeks on the assessed expedition! 
 
 
 


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