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D of E 'Gold' Expedition

20 September 2017

Huge achievements for our girls and NSB

One mountain leader, three members of staff, nine boys, two girls and one Westfield teacher spent four days in the Dales in order to prepare for a four day gargantuan Gold expedition in Lake District next month. Some boys who had paddled in canoes down the River Tweed for their Silver award had to work harder on their navigation. A whole day of map reading on Thursday near Reeth gave everyone lots of practice before the three day practice expedition started.

The 50 km route crossed the moors of Swaledale into Wensleydale, then turned west parallel with the River Ure to Hawes and on the last day climbed north up over the 714m Great Shunner Fell before dropping down to the finish at Thwaite back in Swaledale.
Team Alpha and Bravo took turns being in the lead, which developed a keen competitive streak. On the last day Alpha reached the summit in under three hours, only to be joined a quarter of an hour later by Bravo. Their rapid ascent meant that they reached the finish together two hours ahead of schedule. The weather was showery at times but cleared on the final day. 
The expedition was particularly significant because it was the first time that the two schools Westfield and NSB had collaborated on Gold training. Well done to all eleven participants, many thanks to Rob Simpson (ML) the mountain leader and instructor, and special thanks to Mr Smith, Mr Thompson, Mr Drax and Miss Lamb

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