Tough climbs for cadets

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AIR Cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron have continued their silver Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition training in the Peak District.

During the recent Bank Holiday five cadets travelled to Edale in Derbyshire for three days of hillwalking.

The first two days were spent practicing the techniques needed for an expedition in such unfamiliar terrain and covered navigation using map and compass, kit preparation and gave staff the opportunity to assess their fitness levels prior to the real expedition later in the year.

Day one took in the start of the Pennine Way, Crowden Brook, up onto Kinder Scout, across to Kinder Downfall before crossing the plateau and descending via Grinds Brook back to base.

Day two added some tougher climbs by tackling part of the old pack route up Jacob’s Ladder, visiting the ancient boundary marker of Edale Cross then crossing Brown Knoll and Lords Seat to Mam Tor.

Finally descending via Hollins Cross to base. On both days the good weather was spoilt only by relentless strong winds, especially on the exposed upper sections.

For day three the cadets had to plan a route from base to nearby Castleton. They then put all their learning into practice and negotiated the route unaccompanied with expedition weight rucksacks being carried - as they will on the real expedition in July.

There was additional success for cadet Adam Flack who completed his final navigation exercise and was awarded his Bronze National Navigation Award.