Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Nepal Expedition Training Weekend

In order to prepare for their adventures, the Year 13 students who are soon to leave for their once-in-a-life-time expedition to Nepal embarked on a training weekend camping in East Dean, Sussex. Nepal it is not, but cold it was!

This is a diary of their weekend...

Friday...

The students arrived in East Dean, Sussex at around 5.00pm. The students set up their tents and cooked their food for supper, as well as preparing their packed lunches for the next day. It was Bass's 18th birthday, so it was chocolate cake all round after dinner (which wasn't technically in the budget!). The team had a budget of £3 per head for the whole weekend, so a total of £45 to feed 12 students, two teachers and our Technical Leader, Mark. Team Leader for the weekend was George with Phil as Assistant Team Leader. George and Phil did an amazing job motivating the team and getting them organised both when out walking and back at camp.

Saturday...

The students cooked porridge at 7.30am on Trangias (camping stoves) and then embarked on a 14km walk on the South Downs. The team tested their fitness and their kit including walking boots and rucksacks. They suffered from a few blisters but they all survived!

Back at camp the cooking team (Ben, Angus & Joe) cooked a delicious dinner of bean and sausage casserole with couscous on the Trangias. The students then settled down for a cold night in their tents, with temperatures dropping to minus seven degrees over night! This was a great way to test out their thermal PJs and new sleeping bags!

Sunday...

The students woke up early on Sunday morning to find frost inside the tents and all over their sleeping bags! A great way to prepare for those cold nights in the Himalayan Mountains! They then went walking again and practised some newly learnt first aid skills. Drew very much enjoyed being carried in an improvised stretcher for one and a half kilometres, a test of strength and determination for the rest of the group.

The team left camp on Sunday afternoon feeling very tired, but with huge grins on their faces! They are all very much looking forward to departing for Nepal in under three weeks time!

 

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