CGS DofE staff volunteers have taken part in a challenging Staff Expedition Training Day in preparation for the forthcoming DofE Awards expedition season.
On Saturday 11th March, an intrepid band of 11 CGS DofE staff volunteers headed to Derbyshire’s High Peak region – an area classed as DofE ‘wild country’ – to brush up on their hill skills ahead of the first DofE expeditions next month.
The staff team was split into 2 groups. The first group completed reconnaissance and familiarisation of routes planned by students undertaking their Gold Practice Expeditions in the area in June. This included assessment of routes, identification of vulnerable points and areas of potential navigational difficulties, in support of our Group Supervisory Plans.
The second staff group, under the expert guidance of Mr Lawrence Brown, undertook as series of complex ‘micro-navigational’ and route selection challenges in open access land across difficult terrain. Staff navigated to very specific points on a map using a variety of wild country navigational techniques.
Both these training day activities are part of ensuring our expedition staff’s wild country skills and abilities remain up to date and appropriately refreshed. This helps ensure expedition groups remain safe and appropriately supervised, whatever the weather conditions or terrain.
We are glad to report that all our staff returned safely at the end of the day, having been suitably challenged and exercised.
We are now all looking forward to the beginning of the exercise season, probably even more so than some of our DofE students!
So, DofE students: Next time you think all your Expedition Supervisor does is drive from Café to Café; or that they occasionally spot your group from the warmth of their car, just remember this:
Navigating in Wild Country? We’ve been there, done that.
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