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Duke of Edinburgh's Award | Posted 30.04.2014

Duke of Edinburgh Gold expeditions

19 Rhetoricians and 30 Poets endured some torrid weather as they completed their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award qualifying (Rhetoric) and practice (Poetry) expeditions in Snowdonia.

Poetry arrived in Wales to face the challenge of pitching their tents in poor light and pouring rain, but were fortunate to get their first day’s walking done in fine sunshine. Rhetoric too had to make the most of the sunshine on day 1 – it was pretty much the last they saw of it for the four day, 50 mile walk that they undertook. Gold qualifying teams crossed over the shoulder of Snowdon, though the usually fine views were limited by the mist.

They undertook a wild camp, testing their survival skills in a situation where the facilities of a “normal” campsite were quite literally a long long way away! Their assessors were extremely impressed with their support of each other, and their dogged determination in spite of being soaked to the skin for the best part of 3 days, and the fact that in spite of all this, not one of them was inclined to give up on the expedition.

Mrs J Shelley
Head of Chemistry
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Manager