Seven cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron Air Training Corps completed a three-day expedition on the Yorkshire Moors as the expedition section of their silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Prior to taking part the cadets attended training sessions, which included practical navigation lessons in Snowdonia and the Peak District. They had all completed a short overnight expedition in Cambridgeshire.
They spent several evenings planning their route across the Moors, including locations they wanted to visit such as Blue Man i’ th’ Moss and a waterfall called Falling Foss.
They spent three days journeying through the Yorkshire Moors, starting at Rosedale and working their way towards the coast to finish at Robin Hoods Bay. They were self-sufficient throughout carrying full expedition rucksacks with tents, sleeping bags, food and drink, plus other kit required.
Their navigation training paid off as they rarely went off course and, when they did, they recovered from their errors quickly. They kept to the timings planned on their route cards, finishing on time each day.
The assessor complimented them on their competence and encouraged them all to continue on to complete their gold awards.
A week before the expedition Cadet Francis Perks broke his arm. He completed the expedition with his limb in plaster, which added an extra challenge for him. His fellow team members helped him with tasks he found difficult, such as packing away his sleeping bag.
He said: “My arm was quite an annoyance to begin with. However, with help from the team, I pulled through and managed to complete it with a smile on my face.”
Sergeant Kyle McLean said he enjoyed the challenging terrain and landscape, and that completing the Silver National Navigation Award earlier in the year really helped him prepare for the trickier elements of the route finding.
For further information on 1220, visit their website at 1220atc.org.uk