13.07.16 - Duke of Edinburgh Gold Qualifying Expedition

After months of hard training, ten of our students have just returned from their Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Gold Qualifying expedition in Snowdonia.

Although officially British summer, the weather in north Wales was far from seasonal but it didn’t dampen spirits. The group agreed that “it has been really been tough but so worth it and all of us have completed the challenge with huge smiles on our faces. The whole experience has encouraged us to work together as a team and think for ourselves. It’s an experience we won’t forget and we highly encourage others to get involved.”

Accompanied to Snowdonia by The Climbing Company, Stu McInnes said: “Students carry everything they need for the four days, camping, cooking and looking after themselves along the way. It’s a fairly big ask for the students, who often have very little experience in the outdoors, and a big achievement when accomplished.

“I thoroughly enjoyed supervising the Ockbrook girls on their Gold DofE expedition. They just got on with the tasks in hand, got their tents up, cooked tea, and despite being soaked to the skin, kept smiles on their face. A lesser group might have buckled but they just got on with it.”

A full write up from the expedition by Stu can be read online: