Into the Hills

Cadets attended their Gold and Silver Practise Duke of Edinburghs Expeditions in the Lake District over the weekend of 27 – 29 Jul.

A rather long and tedious journey on the Friday with rush hour traffic seemingly lasting all day was enlivened by a cloud burst or rain as we approached the drop off point.

Fortunately the rain stopped as we debussed and made our way into the hills of the Eskdale Valley to the south of the the Sca Fell massif to our separate wild camp sites, far remote from the luxuries of campsite facilities such as showers and toilets!

On the Saturday the weather started off very misty and with the threat of rain, but eventually cleared to a windy but clear day. The groups all followed different routes over the challenging landscape of the high fells with several peaks over 3000′ falling to the teams, with the OCs Team reaching Sca Fell Pike at 3192 feet.

A second nights wild camping followed with the cadets sharpening their campcraft and cooking skills.

Sunday dawned refreshing bright and sunny (unlike the predicted forecast) and allowed the teams to practice micro navigation as they returned to the transport.

A very challenging and enjoyable weekend resulted with some very valuable lesson learnt by the cadets regarding navigation and packing of certain pieces of essential kit!

The photo shows the Sca Fell Pike range from the south, showing much of the terrain covered