Cadets attempting their Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburghs expeditions in August attended a final training and practise weekend on 22 – 24 July. This weekend saw the cadets wild camping on the Friday and Satururday nights in the glorious landscape of the Lake District.
The first day saw the cadets navigating from the bottom of Hardknott Pass to Green Hole below Bowfell to make a wild camp (no facilities at all in the mountains). 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, with all groups ascending Esk Pike, Broad End, Scafell Pike (the highest mountain in England), Sca Fell via Foxes Tarm and then descending along the spine of Sca Fell to Slightside and then to the second camp at Sampsons Stone in the Great Moss. Although hard work the cadets navigated their way around the route and were fortunate to only have to deal with cloud at Sca Fell, along with a stiff wind. 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 cadets are now making their final preperations for the qualifying expeditions in August.