This week, 61 pupils headed to Bannau Brycheiniog (formerly known as the Brecon Beacons) to complete the expedition section of their Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
All teams were self-sufficient throughout the walk and carried everything they needed to survive for the three or four days. There were some fantastic Mount Kelly values shining through, with life-long memories made on this very demanding but rewarding expedition.
Six Silver teams set off over the Pen Y Fan region and all teams completed the expedition successfully despite some very tough weather conditions. Monday was a perfect day with sunshine mixed with cloud – making for perfect walking conditions – but unfortunately the weather gave way to mist, fog and rain over the following two days which made visibility on the higher peaks challenging. Outstanding team work and careful navigation allowed all teams to complete their routes and their support staff were highly impressed with the determination shown by all.
Four Gold teams were based slightly to the east in the Black Mountains. Whilst not as high as Pen Y Fan, these mountains provide their own challenges with lots of undulation and some long high ridges. Three teams successfully completed the four-day/three-night expedition, however one team unfortunately suffered from injuries and a few poor decisions so were withdrawn on day 3. They will, however, have the opportunity to attempt the expedition again next year.
Our thanks go to all of the staff and parent volunteers who have supported the pupils throughout the year and this last week in Wales.
Article written by Katy Kelly, Head of PE and Director of Outdoor Education
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