Posted on: October 30th 2017

Duke of Edinburgh - Charlbury Expedition

The Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition took place in Charlbury this past weekend, with over 50 students working towards their overall Bronze award. Teams had to work cohesively to organise, plan and demonstrate effective camp-craft, navigate tough terrain and complete two days of walking, totalling a distance in excess of 23 miles.  

Being self-sufficient with heavy pack for two days proved exhausting, and came as a bit of a shock to most. It was evident this was tough weekend mentally and physically, particularly with the addition of strong winds from Ireland’s Hurricane, Ophelia. All groups however maintained positive spirits, and it was a pleasure to observe decisive teamwork through effective communication and positive morale. Well done to all involved!

- Miss Bishop

“We began our D of E expedition on the 15th of October. Our group morale was high, yet our optimism of what was to come was fairly low. Starting the trek at a good pace, we began to realise that we would complete this in good time. After doing 5 miles in 2 hours, we had a well-deserved lunch break and continued to finish the first day in high spirits.

Camping overnight was freezing cold and damp, yet we had good fun and made a really nice pesto pasta dinner whilst chatting and reflecting on such a funny day – filled with lots of singing!

The second day was really tough due to the strong winds and being tired from the day before. But during this we made some memories that none of us will ever forget. When walking through a Wychwood forest, we felt like we were walking through a horror film due to the weird red sun caused by the Saharan dust. There are some tweaks that we would make, such as not packing and eating so much chocolate! We are really looking forward to our real expedition in April and making many more memories as a team!”

- Group 2