Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

Future Expedition Leaders

Future Expedition Leaders

Over an abnormally clear and sunny September weekend in The Lakes, four members of RGS staff (Daryl Baker, Christine Murgatroyd, Marie Slack and Kerry Smith) completed the Lowlands Leader Walking Award training, guided by local outdoor pursuits guru Chris Ensoll and his loyal canine companion, Pippa. Based at a homely B&B in Ambleside, these four explorers were initially unsure as to what to expect. Saturday was spent covering only 7 km around Grassmere but gaining huge amounts of knowledge regarding map symbols, use of the compass and orientations skills. The four walkers were soon able to pin point almost to the metre where they were, building their confidence hugely as potential Duke of Edinburgh expedition leaders. A spot of rain did not dampen their spirits and Saturday evening included a night walk when, with the sound of wolves in the distance they carefully negotiated peaks and troughs, streams and stumps. Sunday was slightly more physically exerting yet no less mentally exhausting. Taking it in turns to lead the group into the wilderness encountering cows, sheep and rather large hills, the walkers demonstrated calmly and collectively how to plan ahead and tread the safest route home. It was a fantastic weekend of training in the beautiful surroundings of The Lake District and had prepared the staff members thoroughly for future expeditions. Thank you to all who were involved!