Category Archives: DofE

Gold’s last day.

20°C, light breeze and sunshine. Two groups of Gold remained to complete. They had routes south towards the Rhondda Valley, limestone country. Time allowed us to consider cutting the day short. I elected to intercept the second group and bring … Continue reading

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Silver, day 3

Bright run 22°C, light wind Carl and I took two groups of Silver for training onto a small plateaux at the eastern end of the Brecons. Our two groups were spot on with navigation through farmland and higher up on … Continue reading

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Brecon Beacons (day 2).

14°C, rain all day. Some heavy. late start with much to do in the morning.  It turned into a QMD. I stopped the clock at 6h 50m.when I got back to the minibus. late finish but not as bad as … Continue reading

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Silver, day 1

19°C run and clouds, little rain. Some chaotic organisation and a very late finish today. My Silver training group began the climb to Fan Fawr in the Brecons. The incline came as a shock to them, they carried full packs … Continue reading

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Bronze Qualifying 2017-B

22 – 26°C, hot and close, thunder threatened but didn’t materialise.  Qualifying Expedition: Day 1: very warm and (almost) inevitably, most groups struggled. I manned the checkpoint at Weag’s Bridge. Emma and I headed south to intercept and hid near … Continue reading

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Bronze Qualifying 2017- A

from 17 to 26°C, not much rain, some hot and close days. Group A; This group had really hot weather on their practice expedition.  On those days, they really struggled. Their stamina and concentration was really low. On Monday and … Continue reading

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Bronze practice (B).

Warm, windy with heavy rain. 12°C, and 16 in sunny spells. In stark contrast to the previous expedition, we had terrible weather, probably the works DofE weather we’ve ever had. The kids took it on well; in fact better that … Continue reading

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DofE Bronze Practice (a)

22°C, light wind and very bright sun. First expedition of the season. Managing it was saner this year because we split the groups so we took only 35 at a time. Last year, we had 95 kids and although there … Continue reading

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Testing the kettles.

9°C, sunny with showers. I’ve tested the new kettle today. The new one, with a heat-exchanger on the bottom promises faster boil times. Cold mornings can be a problem on a camp because the low temperature dramatically affects the time … Continue reading

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Gold and Silver qualifying expeditions.

One cool and windy week in the black mountains, South Wales.​ Chris took the Gold group and I did the Silver with Carl. Silver do 3 nights and Gold 4. Carl took the Silvers home and then I stayed with … Continue reading

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