This weekend 13 intrepid students completed their practice expedition, which is a key part of gaining their bronze level Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Starting at Denmead, three groups navigated their way across the South Downs ahead of an overnight stop at a camping field near East Meon. The students not only had to carry all of their expedition kit and navigate themselves, but also had to deal with steep hills, muddy terrain, and over-inquisitive (but friendly!) cattle.
After more than six hours of trekking, the groups pitched their tents and began creating their evening meals. Pasta was the preferred choice for most groups due to it’s easy preparation, light dry-weight and carbohydrate content.
After dinner the group gathered around the camp fire to recount the days adventures, before heading to bed to get some well earned rest ahead of the return trek the following day.
Sunday saw the students rise at an impressively early hour, and after breakfast was cooked and the camp was packed the first groups headed out of camp at around 8am. More map reading, more mud and hills and even more friendly cattle were in store for the students, which saw them navigate their way from East Meon back to Denmead.
This expedition was an extremely tough test of the students physical and mental resilience, but they all showed exceptional commitment to keep going and complete the journey on both days.
Well done to all participants, and a huge thank you to Mr Sharp, Mr Gray and Mrs Smith for giving up their weekend to supervise the expedition.