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Gold DofE Assessed Expedition 12th-16th July 2017

Posted on 18th July 2017

‘High on Life’

Gold DofE Assessed Expedition 12th-16th July 2017

‘High on Life’ was one of the phrases used by a DofE student describing their Gold DofE Assessed Expedition experience.

Congratulations to the twenty-four Sixth Form students who have successfully completed their Gold Assessed Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition in the Lake District this week.

All four groups started their expedition in Thornthwaite, Keswick, in the Lake District, on the morning of Thursday 12th July 2017.  Groups planned their own routes to their first night’s campsite at Seatoller.  On day 2 groups took differing routes to their next campsite at Chapel Stile.  Day 3 proved to be a difficult day with poor visibility and lots of wind and rain to cope with.  Due to the difficult conditions groups were unable to scale the heights of Hellvellyn and had to take their adverse weather route down the valley to Patterdale and then onward to their campsite at Glenridding.  On the fourth and final day, all groups walked their own planned routes to the end point of their expedition at Pooley Bridge.

The weather over the week was very favourable apart from the third day, and the students were able to enjoy some fantastic views of the Lake District on 3 of the 4 days.

On asking some of the students on the return journey “How would you describe your DofE experience in only three words?” their replies included:

High on Life!
Please no more!
Just this hill!
Where are we?
Do some Squats!
Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Soreen!
Are we there?
Where’s the path?
Slow down Jacob!
Don’t look back!
Wet, wild, wonderful
Squished Double Deckers
It will clear!
Trust the navigator
I’ve been bitten!

These phrases really do capture some of the challenges, determination required, and prevailing team spirit needed to successfully complete a DofE Gold Award Expedition.  Well done all, we really are proud of your achievements!

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all students, staff and volunteers who helped to make this Gold Expedition so successful and so memorable, especially to David and Christopher Buckle, the Expedition Assessors.

As this was my last expedition as DofE Manager at Caistor Grammar School I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in supporting me and the Award within the School over the last 9 years. I wish the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Caistor Grammar School every success and my best wishes in your continued adventures!

Click here to see more photos from the expedition.