Category Archives: DofE

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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Packing for DofE, last expedition of the year.

12°C, rain. Gold and Silver groups go on qualifying this coming week. I think they’ll be fine, but the conditions are very different to their summer Practice trip. A new terrain, The Black Mountains, earlier sunset and cold nights.​ Staff … Continue reading

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Gold, day 4.

I hiked with MapMyRide+! Distance: 10.84km, time: 04:18:00, pace: 23:49min/km, speed: 2.52km/h. http://mapmyride.com/workout/1624883612 Finally, a successful day.. Carl and I hiked up onto the plateau ready to intercept the group. For us, that was lots of micro-navigation across the moorland … Continue reading

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Gold, day 2. Ferry water.

Very hot day, 31°C, 0 cloud breeze higher up. I biked with MapMyRide+! Distance:19.75km, time: 03:20:00, pace: 10:08min/km, speed: 5.92km/h. It was hire bike with a kiddie trailer filled with 20kg of water. http://mapmyride.com/workout/1624972874 Today’s route is up the side … Continue reading

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Gold expedition, d1

I hiked with MapMyRide+! Distance: 14.96km, time: 04:18:00, pace: 17:15min/km, speed: 3.48km/h. http://mapmyride.com/workout/1624874915 ​ Hot day, our big priority is to take water to the more remote parts of the hill. Today, it’s Kinder Scout. I wanted to meet the … Continue reading

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Silver Training; day 3.

Day 3: shorter routes with most kit except tents. Each day we took a different group, today’s were a super-quick team that I worked with on bronze. They were so fast on the descent. Navigation was superb amongst these, my confidence was … Continue reading

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Silver Training; day 2.

Low cloud and breezy, rain overnight, 12- 14°C ​ Day 2: relocate to another camp carrying full packs for about 7 miles over moorland. Staff carried full kit too as we are using the same campsites as the kids. The … Continue reading

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Silver Training: Dark Peak.

Grey cloud at 800m, light wind but dry. 25 Year 10s on Silver training for 3 days in the Dark Peak area of the Pennines. This is much better training than we have done before, 3 days simulates their qualifying … Continue reading

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Bronze d2.

Grey and breezy. 14C. Started near the day’s end checkpoint. My job is to patrol the drover’s paths and pick up any strays. It’s an easier day for me, good because I’m now getting tired. 17km walking yesterday and 77 … Continue reading

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