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Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award – alternative expeditions

September 16th, 2015

imageWThis summer Year 13 Helena completed her Gold DofE Residential. Here is what she had to say about the experience:

This August I went on a climbing residential for my Gold DofE. Here I met and camped with 18 people who I had never met before. We camped in tents for four nights and we socialised in the evenings. During the day we would walk along the cliffs and find rocks to set up climbs on. As the week progressed we found ourselves improving vastly; learning how to set up climbs and challenge ourselves on some of the harder rocks. We also did some bouldering on the beach rocks, caving and  abseiling down blow holes. It was a great experience in which I made new friends and learnt how to master some very challenging climbs!

Bella of Year 13 spent her summer completing her Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition… by canoe! Her practice expedition saw her canoeing 101km down the River Severn before her qualifying expedition where she canoed over 140km down the River Wye to finish in Monmouth. Despite the rather wet weather Bella really enjoyed her trip. We wish her luck in completing the rest of her Award.


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