Category Archives: DofE

Gold, day 4, completion.

12°C, sunny but rain at the end A day to wait, cleanup and packing the minibuses carried on against a background of sun and a cloud inversion.​ A cold front drew over us as the day finished bringing rain, heavy … Continue reading

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Gold, day 3

12°C, rain of the drizzly variety. Sun later. Our assessor gave them a low level route which was mostly the Trans Pennine Trail. The tops were shrouded in hill fog and rain fell heavily at times. We decided to walk the … Continue reading

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Gold, day 2

12°C, some sun, some drizzle. Second day for my Gold groups, and it’s quite a long one. One had to be withdrawn by the first checkpoint, she had a knee injury. I tried lending a neoprene support but it didn’t … Continue reading

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Gold expedition, day 1.

12C, dry and mostly sunny. After a sharp climb, the groups get themselves onto the Pennine Way on kinder. We hiked up to man the checkpoint on a col near a crash-site. Both groups were later than we expected, but … Continue reading

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DofE qualifying, Dark Peak.

12°C, white cloud start, rain later. Gold Acclimatisation and Training day: walked a circuit on Kinder Scout to train this group since they didn’t pass their first practice expedition. Below, under “more” is a copy of their feedback I wrote … Continue reading

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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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