Last weekend, I was working for my friends at Arthog Outreach instructing on a practice Bronze D of E walking expedition in the Shire.
The day started easily enough with the usual kit checking and rucksack repacking. It never ceases to amaze me, at this level , the amount of fizzy drinks, sweets, toiletries and excess clothing that needs to be removed to make the bags lighter and more manageable.
As we left the centre it was time to put the training into practice and see how the group cope with the navigation, party management and generally get on with the expedition. The group coped very well with the navigation and only made one or two errors which were soon sorted. However, carrying the rucksacks proved a little challenging and they must have moaned about this since taking the first footstep taken out of the centre! We eventually arrived at our chosen campsite where it was all hands on deck to erect the tents and sort out the evening meal before sitting around the campfire to toast a few marsh mallows to celebrate our success.
The groups were up bright and early and we left the campsite around 08:15 to groans of ‘ my rucksack is still too heavy’. That said we made good progress around the route with the group sorting out the navigation and planning their breaks, Perhaps the highlight of the day for me was a young lad moaned about his rucksack and I told him of a new energy drink sold in Morrison’s called ‘Man Up’ which he told me he was going to bring with him on the next expedition! It was hard to keep a straight face and it certainly kept me amused for the rest of the day.
I had a great two days working with some really great young people who I think will gain considerably form completing their expedition and I wish them every success on their qualifying expedition later in the year.
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