The first ever Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gold Training expedition has just finished. Hebridean Pursuits Ltd suggested this new approach to travelling along the coastline and journeying through some amazing environments a few years ago and Mark Nichols from Glenalmond College jumped on the idea and has made it happen for his school. I was asked to provide the technical training and safety support for the trips.
Five young adventurers and three staff have been put through their paces this week. A theory day, a guided coasteering trip at Seil Island and three days journeying on Kerrera.
The last three days have been over on the Island of Kerrera near Oban, camping and Coasteering journeying, practicing to see how far we would travel and how we will cope in the coasteering environment for four days and camping for three nights. The qualifying Expedition will take place on the Ross of Mull in September.
We have been so lucky with the weather, it's been cold but dry the whole week. The photos say it all. It has been an exciting week and I am so pleased that Coasteering will be recognised as a fantastic means of gaining the Gold Award.
HPL offer Training and assessment expeditions for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme both in Scotland and abroad. www.hebrideanpursuits.com