Bronze participants for this weekend, my staff team and I have really been watching the weather forecasts. We now have yellow weather warnings for snow and ice on both days, the Met Office, BBC and YR Weather all have temperatures below 0 all day, on both days, feeling like -4 in the day and down to -7 at night. This is not Bronze DofE weather at all. Regrettably I'm going to have to cancel the practice expedition this weekend. I will be contacting your DofE Managers to reschedule your trips. Very sorry about this. Nick ...
Bronze Practice this weekend, its going to be a cold one. Please pack everything you need, then bring with you an additional bag of warm clothing, you must have a warm hat and gloves too. The extra bag will go in the minibus. Nick ...
Coming up to the first Expedition of the year! Just a few tips for food choice:
1: Keep it light, dehydrated food weighs less than every day food, Rice, Pasta, Couscous, Noodles etc. 2: Quick to cook, we use Trangia's, they are not the fastest to cook on but they are dependable. 3: As little waste as possible, cans are heavy and may need a can opener, glass jars are dangerous to carry. 4: Some wet camping food is very expensive and weighs a lot, dehydrated camping meals are about the same price but are so much lighter. 5: Eat the same food as the person you are sharing the Trangia with, its much easier. 6: Have things to nibble on, dried fruit, nuts and chewy bars. 7: Naan bread, bagels, Soreen malt loaf and small croissant's are all great to take out camping. 8: Porridge made with water is OK to eat especially if it has a flavour. ...
Bronze DofE Kit List Clothing to wear while walking 1 x Walking boots All of your weight, and the extra weight you will be carrying ends up going through to your feet. Walking boots should be waterproof and offer support around your ankles. The sole should be stiff enough to prevent you feeling stones under your feet and offer a good grip in muddy conditions. Good fitting well-worn in boots really help prevent blisters. 1 x Walking socks
As above, protecting your feet is invaluable. Walking socks offer cushioning for your feet. They are tall enough to prevent rubbing from the top of your boots. They are thicker than everyday socks. Good socks really help prevent blisters. 1 x Base layers
1 x Extra for cold conditions This helps take sweat away from your body, helping to keep your dry. I like long sleeved tops as they keep you warmer and offer protection from the sun. Cotton T shirts are not good! If it’s cold I will wear another base layer underneath. Layering helps trap warm air. 1 x Fleece Fleece’s are great for keeping you warm, try to get one with a hood on is as well. 1 x Trousers Walking trousers are really good for the job, they dry quickly and many come with zips on the legs so you can turn them into shorts. Walking leggings are very good and can be worn as an under layer in cold conditions. Don’t wear jeans they hold water and rub you. 1 x Waterproof jacket This must have a hood, and must be waterproof. Some softshell jackets are shower proof but they are not waterproof. 1 x Waterproof trousers These must be waterproof. They are great if they have zips on the lower leg, this helps you get them on without taking off your boots. 1 x Sun hat Your ears and eyes are very susceptible to the sun, best to give them some shade. 1 x Warm hat A warm fleece or woolly hat is essential, many times I sleep in mine. You lose a lot of body heat from your head. 1x underwear
Spare clothing to carry As above, socks, base layer, lightweight fleece, underwear, trousers. These clothes are what you are going to sleep in. Don’t take pyjamas they are too heavy and there is never space for them.
1 x flip flops/ trainers It’s nice to get out of your boots for a while. 1 x Gloves
Additional kit 1 x Whistle Great for calling attention to you 1 x Torch Head torches are great for DofE 1 x Spoon If you plan your meals, you may find all you need is a spoon to eat. 1 x Light weight plate 1 x Mug 1 x Lighter or matches Matches work well, but you have to make sure not to put them on the grass at night. They need to be kept dry. 1 x Personal was kit 1 x Water bottle Take about 1.5 litres of water with you. The campsites will have drinking water on them. (At Gold this will have to be treated on any wild camps) 1 x Sun Cream Factor 50 1 x Lip salve 1 x Sleeping bag Sleeping bags come with a season rating, for DofE it recommended to have at least a 3 season. It must have a hood and come in a stuff sack with compression straps. 1 x Sleeping mat The foam mats are good, hiking self-inflating ones are the ones I prefer because I think they are more comfortable. Get a full length one, ¾ ones just get your feet cold and wet. 1 x Survival bag This is great to use as a ruck sack liner. 1 x Mobile phone Don’t bring external battery packs, simply turn your phone on to airplane mode, this way you will always have power should you need it in an emergency. Do not bring personal speakers, we don’t allow them. 1 x First Aid kit Plasters, Blister treatment, Micro poor tape, Pain relief, Foil blanket, Wound wipes. Please see our FaceBook page there is a great photo of a first aid kit. 1 x Sharpie pen You can then mark your map. This makes navigation much quicker.
Kit we can provide for you 1 x Tent We supply 2 people tents but have a few 3 people tents as well. 1 x Ruck sack We supply rucksack of approximately 55 to 65 Litres in size. Ruck sacks are not water proof even with the cover on. EVRYTHING in your bag needs to be waterproofed. 1 x Stove 1x Compass 1 compass per group 1 x Map 1 Map per group
Make sure everything in your bag is waterproofed. Then put it the survival bag inside your rucksack. Pack heavy items towards the bottom of your rucksack, try to keep them close to your back (heavy items high up and on the outside of your bag make you unstable). Don’t be tempted to bring extras, (lots of small extra stuff quickly mounts up and weighs a lot, remember you are going to be carrying it for many hours). Keep things you will need on the campsite at the bottom of your bag with your waterproofs at the top. Double wrap your sleeping bag. ...
Bronze DofE Expedition training this weekend at Kingswood in Wolverhampton is unfortunately cancelled.
I'm sorry to say that due to the very poor weather forecast on Thursday and Friday, I think its best to call off the planned training. I will contact your DofE Manager at School and we will arrange alternative dates for your Expeditions this year.