Adventurous trip for cadets

Combined Cadet Force (CCF) cadets climbed mountains and slept under canvas in snow during an exciting trip to Kinlochleven in Scotland.

 

The 30 cadets all met or exceeded requirements for expedition practice for their Duke of Edinburgh Awards (DofE) during the adventurous week-long trip, which saw them cope with the full range of wintry weather conditions.

 

Younger cadets, working towards their silver awards, stayed mostly in the valley but were regularly working between sea level and 600m.  The gold group summited three munros in challenging winter conditions and managed to camp above the snow line.

 

The group were also photographed by chance by The Guardian newspaper for a background picture for an article about the unusual weather at the time.

 

Trip leader Darren Richmond said: “The trip was significantly more than an ambitious adventure training expedition. It developed leadership and team membership, organisation and discipline. Room inspections in the centre and responsibility for washing up allow pupils to see each other in some very different lights and there was a significant realignment of social hierarchy within peer groups. Parental feedback included amazement at the cleanliness of bunk rooms and delight at the standard of navigation skills acquired. There were many sightings of deer, eagles, haggis and whiskey pipes too in what was a trip which the cadets will remember for a very long time.”