Adventures with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award

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Group at Tunskeen bothy
Group on Corserine
Above Backhill of Bush

Our Gold DofE group has returned from their successful expedition to the Scottish Hills. They had three days of bright dry weather — ideal for backpacking — and a final day of thick mist, very high winds and extremely heavy rain!
Some of the highlights (?) were:

  • Our three (Charlie, Tori and Emily) joined forces with three BB Boys from Birmingham, whom they had never met before! They settled well as a group; by the end, one might think they had known each other for years.
  • Tori left her waterproof top behind on the London to Glasgow train. We bought a new one.
  • The sole began to come away from Emily's boot at the very start of the expedition. We bought new ones!
  • Tim, one of the supervisors, got a puncture in his car tyre. He bought a new one!!
  • The group were self-sufficient throughout, and appreciated the views from 800m up, on the top of the Rhinns of Kells.
  • They enjoyed visiting two mountain bothies during their trip, and bathing in a waterfall was a real adventure.
  • During their four days in the hill, they met absolutely no-one.
  • They very wisely used their emergency escape route from the hills on the last day, and arrived at the finish happy, if rather (= very) wet!

    David Allan.

    Photos:
    Group at Tunskeen
    Tori, Charlie and Emily arrive at the summit of Corserine (814m)
    Group above Backhill of Bush

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