Two expeditions went away over the Easter holiday. An Upper Sixth Form group comprising Hattie Bevan (U6, A), Hugh Gunn (U6, L), Freddie Baker (U6, H), Willie Weston (U6, BH), Tom Dowley (U6, L) and Alex Braithwaite-Exley (U6, H) battled rain, hail and snow – but also enjoyed Spring sunshine – in an epic qualifier in Snowdonia in mid April. Covering 20 Km and ascending in excess of 1000 m each day over the four-day event they acquitted themselves skilfully and with grit and good humour to outmanoeuvre the weather. At the wild camp on Devil’s Kitchen on the third day the wind was gusting at 60 mph. Their training was put to the test with some deviations from plan on the last day but they finished strongly and completed the expedition section of the Award in style.
The Lower Sixth training group enjoyed mixed weather in the Brecon Beacons and learned how arduous it is to carry full kit over rough terrain whilst keeping an eye on route plan, map, weather and each others’ well being all at the same time. The two expedition groups will travel to Snowdonia at the very beginning of the Summer Holiday. The photograph shows one of the Lower Sixth groups descending into Cwm Tawe from a long second day in the Brecon Beacons.