40 students successfully completed their Gold assessment hike across the mountains of Mid Wales. They trekked over 50 miles and coped with blustery showery weather as well as the ubiquitous midges! For most this was their last dofe expedition and they have been a particularly wonderful group who have been a pleasure to train and assist through their scheme. Well done! Now finish your Gold!!
Location South Wales, Dan Yr Ogof camp. Weather: mixed sunshine and some hail showers, nice rainbows, then rain and low cloud. On day one 7 groups undertook more than 8 hours of navigation and safety training around the limestone scenery below the ridge of Fan Hir on the Black Mountain. Spot the shake holes! Then their 2 day independent trek took them over the main 600 metre+ ridge and then down to Cross Inn. Final day saw a climb up “the nose” and thence along a valley bench in cloud: tricky navigation at times. All groups performed really well and staff were impressed with the spirited and cheerful team work that held up despite some miserable weather: we were pleased to see happy faces emerging on the bus home. Well done folks! I’ll confirm qualifying expedition dates 2012 v soon but I am hoping to offer Easter AND August (clash with biology ft), but that’ll be all for 2012: details next half term.
Gold training expeditions include instruction in the following:
- navigation: compass and 1:25,000 maps
- emergency procedures & getting help
- correct equipment
- camp safety