At the start of the Half Tem break, 28 Sixth Form students embarked on a four day expedition in the Black Mountains region of the Brecon Beacons as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.
One group was using this as a Qualifying Expedition, while the remaining four groups were using this as a Practice. Nevertheless, all of the groups impressed with the quality of their route planning and navigation in spite of a mixture of expedition experience amongst the groups. The participants also showed great resilience over the first day when they had to contend with the force of Storm Brian.
Having adapted routes so they would no longer pass over the pinnacle of Sugar Loaf, groups still had to contend with high winds when crossing the equally impressively named Table Mountain. The rain also meant that kit was soaked through on Day 1. However, weather and spirits improved throughout the remainder of the expedition, and as always the qualifying group impressed their external assessor and have all managed to complete this section of their Gold Award.