July 4, 2018
Six groups of Lower Sixth Formers spent four days trekking through the Lake District in searing heat to complete their assessed expeditions for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award. Walking up to 12-hour days, the students complete a circuit between Seathwaite, Thirlmere, Langdale and Buttermere, with several gruelling climbs. In enclosed valleys the temperature reached above 30 degrees, while on the tops of the fells, no shade was available. The groups quickly learned to manage conditions by leaving camp in the cool of the very early morning and seeking shade for extended breaks at midday. The students were careful to keep up regular hydration and use suncream and hats, so that while exhausting, the heat caused no ill effects. The independent assessors were very impressed by the way the students managed themselves and the conditions, checking them en route and in the campsites, commenting that they had completed challenging routes successfully in very difficult conditions. Two further groups will be completing their expeditions at the beginning of the summer holiday in the Italian Alps, where they hope that conditions will be cooler.