In October, eleven cadets of 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron set off for the Lake District where they were to complete their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s expedition. This was the final part of the award that needed completion, and required the cadets to walk for four days over mountainous terrain, covering a distance of 80km.
They arrived at the National Air Cadet Adventure Training Centre at Windermere on Saturday morning, and having unpacked, had a short walk in local area to stretch their legs. Sunday was spent preparing for the task ahead; checking the route and making sure everyone’s kit was in order and up to standard. Monday morning they set off. The first two days were the hardest, with the biggest hills to climb.
Members of 2195 (Long Eaton) Sqn during their Gold Expedition.
Tuesday night was also tough, as after a hard days walking over the mountains, the two groups were treated to having their tents freeze as it was so cold! The next two days were relatively easy in comparison, although they were still covering the same distance; a gruelling 20km every day. Finally, the end of day 4 arrived and they reached the finish line, all passing and completing their awards. On arriving back at the centre, a feast of chilli con carne, and ginger cake with custard had been laid on by the staff. Just what was needed!
By CFS Wilkinson – 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron