Gold DofE Practice Expedition Snowdonia
Great team work, and positive attitudes prevail in the Gold Practice...
In the last week of the Easter holidays it was the Gold practice expedition in Snowdonia for eight girls in Year 12. Miss Watson and Mrs Davison accompanied the trip along with Emma, Neil and Steve from First 4 Adventure UK.
We arrived the day before the expedition started at Snowdon Ranger Youth Hostel in order for the groups to settle, sort out group kit and have a hot dinner prepared by the hostel. Day 1 was a hike up to their first ever wild camp, by a small lake with Snowdon rising behind us. The weather was good, with a perfect view to enjoy cooking as the sun went down over the mountains. Day 2 was a very clear day so both groups adapted their routes to walk across the Glyders. This was a tough and physically challenging day, but the girls did brilliantly and were still smiling as they arrived at their campsite for the night. Day 3 led them over through the forest and mountains south of Snowdon and into the campsite in Betwsy Coed. The final day was a consolidation day of micro-navigation for both groups. They worked brilliantly as a team and the instructors were very impressed with their knowledge.
Despite the challenging terrains and long days, the groups worked extremely hard, supported each other at every stage, showed great determination and I am confident will do really well in their qualifier in August. I was very impressed with their positive attitude throughout and encouragement towards each other; all helped by how lucky we were with the weather!
Well done girls!