Reigate Grammar School DofE

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Cold for Wales Gold expedition!

Early forecast for our Gold training expedition: high pressure is building to the north in the next week and bringing generally cool & drier conditions to much of the UK it looks like forecast models are suggesting the possibility of COLD and damp conditions for South Wales on the Gold training expedition late October/early November.  Damp conditions might drift in to southern coasts, a particular threat for the Brecon area.

Expect cold frosty nights and cold conditions high up; combine this with forecasts suggesting some damp weather and we could be in for some chilly temperatures on the hills!  Pack warm gear and plenty of layers.

On the plus side, westerly winds are WEAKENING and this means stormy weather is most unlikely.  Weather is more likely to be Polar than Maritime for our trip to Brecon.

See the Reigate Grammar School weather station website for more details.

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GOLD qualifying expedition to Mid Wales August 2012

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!!

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GOLD training expedition South Wales october 2011

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.


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Gold qualifying expedition July 10-14 2011

Mid-Wales: Plynlimon mountain, near Llanidloes: sunny, sunny, hot!  Excellent weather throughout, amazing unbroken sunshine … groups needed regular water top ups. 
4 groups trekked over Plynlimon mountain area: all students were spirited & enthusiastic despite the occasionally uncomfortable arid conditions and painful feet. 
They camped in various secret wild camp locations and left absolutely no trace of their visit: top quality wild country travel.
You were a superb bunch to take on this trip, we think you learnt a lot on the way and all the staff thoroughly enjoyed taking you on this expedition …
DofE Gold at its best!
Happy Holidays!
Mr C

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Morocco Gold expedition

Gold Expedition to the High Atlas mountains: Feb 2011.  18 students and 2 staff completed a trek in the Ait Bougamez Valley in the Atlas Mountains this half term.  A very successful trip which featured some very cold nights, sunny days and awesome mountain scenery.  Passing through Berber villages and learning about life in these mountain valleys proved extremely interesting.  A visit to a school in Ilfrane was a particular highlight, though children elsewhere tended to beg for pens more than expected.  Our mountain guides, Azis and Murad, were excellent.  Marrakesh was immensely entertaining and both pupils and staff enjoyed haggling for gifts to take home.  Many thanks also to Carol Davidson, our assessor.  Well done to all who took part, a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding trip.