Cadets attempting their Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburghs expeditions in August attended a final training and practise weekend on 26 – 28 July. This weekend saw the cadets wild camping on the Friday and Saturday nights in the glorious landscape of the Lake District. The first day saw the cadets navigating from Hardknott Pass to Esk Pike at a height of over 800m 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 Scafell Pike (at over 900m high) and its sister peak Scafell in benign conditions to the the second campsite at Sampson Stones for a very welcome rest! On Saturday evening the weather broke and 12 hours of heavy rain followed. On the Sunday the teams then navigated back to the MT in the rain which included crossing several streams in adverse conditions and returned to London, with the obligatory stop off for some welcome fast food!