Busiest Expedition Season Yet – Open Golds Conquer Exmoor

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This year’s Duke of Edinburgh expedition season has, to date, been the driest and sunniest for many years – much to the delight of the hundreds of young people from across Rhondda Cynon Taf who have pitted themselves against the elements and survived to tell the tale.

Though these weather conditions brought their own hazards, our adventurous young people were prepared and have taken up expedition challenges across Wales and further afield – hiking through Pembrokeshire and Gower, the Brecon Beacons, all over the South Wales Valleys and the Vale; canoeing down the River Wye – as well as our GEAES Gold Participants exploring the Millau region of France, and most recently, our Open Gold Groups in the wilds of Exmoor.

Pictured are the 2 Open Gold Expedition Groups who recently returned from Exmoor (joined by “HRH Prince Phillip” to see them on their way).

Following rigorous training and preparation, the 9 young people demonstrated excellent teamwork skills and navigational abilities while traversing the moors and valleys, discovered all about the historic sites they planned to explore, met herds of wild deer, camped by firelight and slept under incredibly clear, starry skies.

After their 4 day trek up hill and down dale, both teams completed their Gold Expeditions successfully, sporting a good crop of blisters all round.

Vicky, from Aberdare, even managed to celebrate her 18th birthday at camp on Day 3.

They all, quite justifiably, felt an immense sense of achievement and proved to themselves that they can do anything they put their minds to.

The Expedition Season is not over yet, and we hope the good weather continues and more young people achieve their goals.

For more information about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in RCT, contact Kerry Rees, RCT DofE Development Officer, on 07786523915 or email kerry.v.rees@rctcbc.gov.uk

See also http://www.dofe.org/ for all things DofE.

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