TWO teams of King’s Ely Senior’s Year 12  students went to the Black Mountains in South Wales at the start of the Easter Holidays to undertake their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Practice Expedition.

Conditions looked unfavourable when a covering of snow fell on the higher areas the night before departure, but fortunately the weather warmed up and the snow was virtually gone by day one of the expedition.

Assistant Director of Outdoor Education at King’s Ely Senior, Martin Bray, said: “An initial acclimatization day was completed in blustery conditions before the groups set off on their 70km journey. Their navigation was tested with very misty conditions at higher levels, but all emerged successfully at respective campsites at the end of each day.

“Camping independently on all three nights, the teams organised themselves with camp craft tasks, maintaining their effort and enthusiasm over the course of the week. Well done to all our participants! The teams will return to the Brecon Beacons to complete their Assessed Venture at the end of August.”

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