Outdoor and adventurous activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

On Friday 18th March 2016 Mr Alcock led the first half of the south west mountain moorland leaders training for; Miss Warring, Mrs Skelton, Mr Cota, Mr Smart, Mr Fort, Miss Harris and Miss Symons. At 3.30 we all met at the garage to add the final pieces to our packing. We all had to have a tent, trangia, roll mat, food for the weekend, enough water to cook with and drink, changes of clothes, waterproofs, sleeping bags, head torches and many other essential items. This all created a very heavy back pack for each of us to carry!

Once packed we got on to the mini bus and drove to Princetown. When we arrived, it was off the bus with layers and backpack on and the first lesson in navigation. This included thumbing, hand railing and pacing.

We hiked for 3 hours, with each group member leading their own leg to navigate to points that Mr Alcock gave us, until we arrived at Foggin Tor Quarry. It was extremely windy and cold by this point, so everyone hurried to put their tents up. Everyone then learned how to safely use a trangia and cooked their dinner of either meatballs and pasta or steak and vegetables, followed by sponge and custard! Shortly after this we began our night navigation training, where we had to navigate our way in the dark back to where we had parked the bus. This was followed by a hot chocolate and then a short drive to a new location. We then started our second leg of night navigation back to our camp site, this took approximately 2 hours.

We arrived back at the quarry and bedded down for the night, it was extremely windy and the temperature dropped to –3, so people didn’t sleep brilliantly! Up again at 6.30, breakfast and coffee on the trangia, pack up camp and set off again for more navigation training. We hiked for 3 more hours in the morning, doing micro navigation and having to find locations within a 50 metre radius of where Mr Alcock told us. This included crossing rivers and climbing tors. Mr Carpenter and his daughter Ella came out to meet us all and bought cookies to push us on!

We finished in the early afternoon, returning to College to hang our tents and go home. It was a tiring, but very worthwhile experience. We all learned a lot and look forward to our next session, where it will be a bit warmer!

Mrs Skelton
(CL for PE)