Monday, 9 September 2013

Do Penguins migrate to the North Pole?

Craig and Bill had a great weekend out with the candidates from Boclair Academy, along with the irrepressible 'Hutch', for their DofE Silver assessment around Killin.

Day one saw us enjoying plenty sun with some hard walking up the invisible path and pleasant stroll into the campsite for some well earned grub.  The midges were calm and a good nights sleep saw us head off for a long day in a bit of rain.

Keeping an eye on the group from a distance allowed us some great views from high up.  Good quality navigation from all the groups over the open country saw them make solid progress and they found the camp site in good time before the rain really started.

Heavy rain overnight gave all a disturbed night but the groups were up and ready by 8am and raring to get moving...seeing the end in sight is always a great motivator.   After a hard uphill start, it was all downhill and they had to cool their jets or they'd miss the assessor at the end!  

A great effort from all the candidates and all passed; thankfully the utterly massive cloudburst came to Killin just as the last group arrived at the minibus.   A stop off in Callander on the way home provided an opportunity for some well earned ice cream and chips option!

Great days indeed...bring on the next :)

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