Silver DofE Practice Expedition
Snow, hail and sleet didn't dampen the girls' spirits....
In the middle of the Easter holidays we began the DofE season with the Silver practice expedition in the Peaks with 20 girls from Year 10 and 2 from Year 11 as well as Anya Agnihotri in the Y12 as the school DofE coordinator, coming to assist and work with the instructors. We all headed north early in the morning to meet the instructors from First 4 Adventure UK at Edale Youth Hostel The first day was spent training which included navigation practice, emergency procedures, recapping on cooking on a trangia and how to pack and fit a rucksack.
We enjoyed a first night in the Youth Hostel – warm rooms, hot food, showers and a chance for final expedition preparations! This quickly became a distant memory as for the next few days we experienced sleet, snow, rain, mud and dipping temperatures. The girls never complained and showed remarkable determination and toughness, working together and supporting each other with great resilience. On the final day the weather brightened up with a picture perfect rainbow above the campsite and some sunshine on the final walk in. Steve, Chris, Emma and Andy, the instructors from First 4 Adventure, were extremely impressed with the girls’ determination and willingness to learn and improve.
Thank you to Dr Hills and Mrs Haresign who braved the weather and accompanied the expedition giving their time and support in dreadful conditions.
Good luck to all the girls for their qualifier in May, which we hope will be warmer and drier!
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