Last week we saw a great bunch of individuals come together from all over the country to make four expedition teams to complete Gold DofE expeditions. Milly got the award for 'furthest travelled' after joining us from Cornwall and everyone joined us at the bunkhouse on Monday afternoon to start training. After an intensive two days, three practice teams and one qualifying got an early night ready to set off on Wednesday morning. However, the weather had other ideas! We all woke on Wednesday morning to more snow than any of the instructors (Claire, Cat and Mat) had ever seen in the Peak District...Claire even had to dig her way out of her tent! Not to be deterred, the teams adapted their routes and completed a circular walk back to the bunkhouse to camp that evening before heading out the next day for three days across the Peak District to their campsites.
Following Wednesday's snow, Thursday dawned with beautiful blue skies and allowed us to fully appreciate how much snow had fallen over the past 36 hours - it was truly incredible with chest-deep drifts and cornices having formed in places...amazing! Below are some photos from Will and Hannah showing some of their team's experiences. The snow certainly provided some additional challenges to the expeditions but everyone rose to the challenge and did an amazing job - well done everyone, success well earnt!
A snowy start to the expeditions on Day 1
Before amazing blue skies and t-shirts on Day 2!
Watch out for snowballs!
If you can navigate in snow, you can navigate anywhere!