checking routes and maps (Gold bring them in; Silver we have them)
Please be aware that safety must come first on these expeditions and good planning is essential. Attendance at these meetings is compulsory for groups to start these expeditions. Full registration on eDofE is also a requirement, as is finishing all previous awards. email sac if any snags.
Tuesday 18 June
Silver 4th year practice expeditions: canoe and hiking groups: 1.30pm D1
Gold L6 canoe and hiking groups: D1 4-5.30pm D1
Thursday 20 June
5th form dofe students: canoe and hiking groups: for those on July qualifying expeditions AND students considering applying for Gold dofe in RGS L6
New TIME new PLACE 11.00am – 11.35am RECITAL ROOM
Tuesday 25 June
4th year practice expeditions: 1.30pm D1 eDofE check
Latest news from Dan Yr Ogof: sleet and snow to valley level: we made the right decision!! 50 students did their Gold dofe training expedition in South Wales, Black Mountain area – which is in the remote far west of the Brecon Beacons and not to be confused with the lower and easier Black Mountains which are to the far east of the national park. The weather was initially good and most groups got to grips with basic mountain navigation as taught by experienced mountain leader staff. The trekking days were inclement and many students had their first taste of poor mountain weather conditions: well done for surviving! Whilst many coped well, some students found themselves wet and cold and with no spare dry kit, except for spare items delivered by staff. The final day saw temperatures dropping further, wind chill of -6C and snow falling on the mountains with a brisk northerly wind forecast to increase during the day. Whilst the weather was not particularly bad for well equipped and prepared individuals, I took the difficult decision to bail out and come home early because the state of some students would have pushed the potential risk of hypothermia to an unacceptable level. A point to note for assessment: it is important for students to eat plenty for breakfast to avoid endangering themselves and others. Whilst we thoroughly instruct and prepare students for these expeditions, it is often only when we reach the mountains that they discover the importance of their training and the pre-expedition meetings. The large dofe groups we organise for DofE, certainly bigger than those fielded by most schools, require careful management on mountain expeditions. My top quality staff and experienced voluntary adult expedition leaders take on an enormous responsibility looking after students in frequently arduous conditions. If you would like to assist as an adult instructor on our expeditions then please get in touch: in particular if you have significant mountain experience and / or a mountain leader certificate or are simply enthusiastic and willing to prioritise helping students in all conditions then please email me and join the team!
Early forecast for our Gold training expedition: high pressure is building to the north in the next week and bringing generally cool & drier conditions to much of the UK it looks like forecast models are suggesting the possibility of COLD and damp conditions for South Wales on the Gold training expedition late October/early November. Damp conditions might drift in to southern coasts, a particular threat for the Brecon area.
Expect cold frosty nights and cold conditions high up; combine this with forecasts suggesting some damp weather and we could be in for some chilly temperatures on the hills! Pack warm gear and plenty of layers.
On the plus side, westerly winds are WEAKENING and this means stormy weather is most unlikely. Weather is more likely to be Polar than Maritime for our trip to Brecon.
See the Reigate Grammar School weather station website for more details.
Bronze: hand back your tent at the end of the hike on Saturday (for use on Gold). You MUST please also hand back your STOVE and rucksack on Monday. Other students need these for their Gold expedition which is very soon.