Towards the beginning of April, I was running a DofE Bronze Training Expedition for Arthog Outreach on the South Shropshire Hills.
Day 1 – Craven Arms to Long Mynd Adventure Centre
This was an accompanied walk to practice the navigation & camp craft skills that had been learnt over the past few weeks. The weather was particularly unkind for most of the walk which did little to add to the learning experience but despite this the team remained in good spirits throughout the walk.
At the campsite, things got even worse with the heavy clay soil soon becoming a mud bath as the teams pitched the tents and got on with cooking the evening meal.
Day 2 – Long Mynd Adventure Camp to Church Stretton
As all the teams had completed the first day with minimal input it was time to let them lose for the second day for an unaccompanied walk which as well as preparing them for their qualifying expedition provides the team a greater level of isolation that most seem to enjoy. A few teams took a wrong turn or two but it was good to see then put it right and get to all the checkpoints.
Overall, a very wet two days but I was pleased to see the teams using the skills learnt over the past few weeks to good effect. There are still one or two areas that we need to find tune before the qualifying expedition and I would like to wish them every success with their qualifying expedition.