Gold Practice Expedition in the Brecon Beacons
During the Easter holidays three of Knole’s finest, Joshua, Georgia and Callum in Year 12 , took on their Gold practice expedition in the Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales. This year Knole tackled the expedition with Sevenoaks School, continuing the fantastic working relationship we have with their staff and students. Both sets of students were a little anxious to be partnered with the school down the road, but it was encouraging to witness how well our students bonded to tackle the very best Welsh weather could throw at them.
Day 1 was an acclimatisation and training day for all students and it was really encouraging to see Josh, Callum and Georgia leading the way and supporting the Sevenoaks students with their navigational skills. The Sevenoaks staff were really impressed with their ability to navigate the wild country, in tough conditions, relying purely on pacing and bearings to incredible accuracy. The ground covered was tough, undulating and heavy under foot, causing Josh to fashion some make shift gaiters out of bin bags (photo attached). Little did we know that this was just the beginning of Josh’s new fashion line as later on in the week he was caught modelling some interesting footwear made up of bin bags and insulation tape (see photo below)!
The team’s first day saw them climbing the Beacon’s highest peak, Pen Y Fan. This is a challenge for any walker, but to climb to the top whilst carrying a full bag, a tent, enough water and enough food to last 5 days was truly impressive and they were all rewarded with fantastic views of the surrounding area. This would be the best weather they would see all week as the rain soon closed in threatening to put a dampener on the expedition, but even driving rain didn’t seem to bother our intrepid explorers who pushed through the poor weather conditions to complete a successful expedition, occasionally even breaking out a smile!
We are all incredibly proud of the way our students represented the academy and worked so well with the Sevenoaks students, bring on Snowdonia in May!
Mr T White
Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator