On Thursday 17th October students and staff set out for a 2 day expedition. The vans were loaded with supplies and each student had their own full kit that they would require for their expedition. After arriving at the base camp students chose a campsite and then worked together to unload the vans and walk the equipment to their chosen area on the site. The campsite was extremely muddy and so choosing a site had been problematic yet all did extremely well to continue in positive spirit.
The students erected their tent, all had their own 1 man tent allocated. Some students struggled but were supported by their peers. After an early lunch students began their hike which took them down a very muddy track into a valley then they navigated their team through the floor of the valley before ascending the other side. Described by all as up the giant steps. Lots of tired legs and a quick rest before pushing on. The route took them along the Peak Forest Canal before descending back into the valley and along the river Goyt. Following a rest the group ascended quickly and then traversed around the hill and back to the campsite. The walk was recorded as being 11 miles.
On return to the campsite students prepared, cooked and ate their evening meal. Shortly afterward the evening programme started and students took part in a caving activity in the cave bus before taking part in rifle shooting. All did really well and had a great time!
We returned to the campsite and lit a open fire and then toasted marshmallows and drank hot chocolate. The majority then felt tired and all went to bed.
Staff worked in shifts to provide around the clock support. This worked really well as a number of students were up in the night at different times and staff were able to reassure them.
The morning came quickly and all had breakfast before tidying the campsite and packing away the tents ready for another day of adventure.