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    Silver Practice Expedition September 2014

    Over the weekend of 27th and 28th September 8 groups of year 11 students completed a challenging expedition, up one of the three peaks of Yorkshire, for their Silver Award practice.

    Here is their story, as told by Jane Baron and Laura Bosomworth.

     After a sleepless night next to Troy’s tent (he decided to pack away his sleeping bag at 5 o’clock in the morning) everybody started on their walk across the dales towards Ingleborough, a hill over 700 metres tall. When we reached the foot of the hill we had to climb up three steep inclines in order to reach the top. All groups reached the top, where it was very cold as the wind suddenly picked up, so we quickly headed back down the south side of the hill towards Trow Gill to meet Mr Tomlinson. We then walked several kilometres before reaching the campsite in Horton in Ribblesdale. The campsite was very neatly cut into squares and the owner could be seen riding a lawnmower in his green and yellow suit. After comparing blisters, everyone put up their tents and boiled their stoves ready for their evening meal.

    The next day, we set out for another day's walking, luckily on slightly easier terrain. Most groups walked along the Pennine way with no assistance. However, a few teams managed to get lost but made it to the finish in the end. Fortunately the weather was kind to us the whole weekend and we finally got to appreciate an expedition without getting soaked! 

    Thank you to all the staff who came with us, we thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait until next time!