Category Archives: Hiking

DofE 12: Chilterns (2)

Sun-rain-sun/repeat 18°C. 12.0: arrived a day early on a busy Scout camp. Presumably, most will go tomorrow before ours arrive. I needed an early night but they did quieten down after 9.30. The owls were loud in the night. 12.1: … Continue reading

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DofE 11 North Downs.

12°C, rain and strong Westerly gusts. Another late one: I have two likable groups to manage and assess. The tricky part is the way their routes diverge south of the hills. If all goes well, there would be a bit … Continue reading

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DofE 10: Cannock Chase

14-17°C, sunny. 9.2: Practice, independent travel with staff and instructors on mostly mobile checkpoints. I headed out on foot to the most easterly point on any of the routes. If groups go wrong here they could get lost in a … Continue reading

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The annual tent repair.

14°C, rain. The tent pole that most often breaks is the 2nd or 3rd from each end. This one broke on expedition late one night after dealing with an especially late group. Good that I had the foresight to take … Continue reading

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DofE 9: White Peak.

Sunshine and showers. 5-19°C.9.0: I thought I was driving home when the phone rang on the M6. “Are you available for a Silver Qualifier” in the White Peak? I pulled into Sandbach services to check. It would work as long … Continue reading

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DofE 8: North Downs.

20°C, sunny Silver Assessment: 3 days near London in the North Downs. On the face of it, this looks like typical bronze territory in rolling chalklands. The forecast is for ideal weather but the possibility of some behaviour to keep … Continue reading

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DofE 7.0

11°C, very heavy showers including hail, lightning and thunder. 180 mile drive to camp. Looks like a nice campsite, all modern and plush. Bronze Qualifying in the East Cotswolds. I had a delightful group of year 9 girls. They were … Continue reading

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DofE 6: Ousedale.

Heavy showers and bright sun. 11°C. Heading down a day early on a longish drive ready for Bronze Practice. The camp is good but lacks showers, not a problem for Bronze though. DofE 6.1; The groups were dropped off a … Continue reading

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DofE 5; Storm Hannah on the Berwyn range.

5°C, gales and heavy rain all-day. Thirteen girls on Silver practice. I picked them up this morning and eventually started them off in Corwen, North Wales. DofE 5.1; I’m taking 3 silver Practice groups to Corwen. Thus turned into a … Continue reading

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Parlick start.

22°C, milky sun and light wind Parked after a fairly short drive from home and climbed Parlock in the Forest of Bowland. I got to the summit of Fair Snape Fell for supper in the shelter. As the sun set, … Continue reading

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