During the recent bank holiday, air cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron spent three days in the Peak District completing training for their silver Duke of Edinburgh’s award expedition.
For some it was their first experience of navigation in the hills. They quickly learned how to interpret contour lines on the map and relate them to the ground. Camping in the centre of Edale, they completed three different routes and walked the Edale skyline.
The first day was beautifully sunny and the cadets walked from the campsite to Win Hill, then Lose Hill, before following the ridge over Mam Tor – named the shining mountain after a landslip.
On day two, they climbed up to the plateau of Kinder Scout via Ringing Roger. After making their way to Crowdon Tower they were given the opportunity to try some scrambling on the rocks there. It was then time to practise their compass work by taking a bearing and making their way across the featureless plateau to the Kinder Downfall, which made more difficult as it was necessary to avoid deep boggy ground.
On the final day, the cadets were challenged to find their own way to Castleton to meet the staff. Carrying full expedition sacks, they agreed their route with the staff and set off to use their newly acquired skills.
Cadet Ewan MacRae (15) said, “It was fun to navigate on different terrain especially as the hills allowed us to get good views”. Cadet Frasier Casson-Rennie (15) said that he enjoyed being able to see where he had been and was about to go.