Cadets attempting their Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburghs expeditions in August attended a final training and practise weekend on 20 – 22 July. This weekend saw the cadets wild camping on the Friday and Satururday nights in the glorious landscape of the Lake District. This year we were joined by cadets from 1921 (Lewisham) Sqn who will be doing their Gold expeds with us.
The first day saw the cadets navigating from the end of Wast Water in Wasdale to the popular wild camping area of Styhead Tarn at a height of over 400m above sea level. The cadets carried all they needed to survive (including tents, food, and stoves) in their rucksacks, giving a significant and realistic practise of the 3 and 4 day expeditions ahead. This also meant their culinary skills where challenged to make tasty meals from the issued ration packs.
On the Saturday a high level route was followed, ascending Great Gable (at just under 900m high) in benign conditions and then onto the twin Peaks of Kirk Fell with a stiff descent to Black Sail Pass, before the ascent to Pillar and onwards to Scoat Fell and the second campsite below Scoat Tarn for a very welcome rest!
On the Sunday the teams then navigated back to the MT and returned to London, with the obligatory stop off for some welcome fast food! The photos show the cadets getting ready to depart with Pillar ridge in the background, the camp area at Styhead Tarn and FS Bliss with his new headgrear at Pillar summit.