This year saw unexpected conditions over the heaths of Tilford, Hankley, Frensham and Thursley. Snow flurries and ground frost in the opening hours greeted the new teams, as the beauty of the Surrey Hill AONB was obscured by a snowflakes and hoods.
Quality not quantity was the theme of the day, with two teams trekking different routes, but with an identical start and finish at the picturesque Tilford Green. However, the routes soon took the students out into the Army Estates land of Hankley and Thursley Commons on one side and the tricky navigation of the Frensham heaths the other. As a first training day, the groups were accompanied by Expedition Trainers for the full length of the routes; though one group did decide to make it harder, adopting a log to carry for their trek, using excellent teamwork to rotate the carrying responsibility.
The students now have a short break until April, when the next stop on the expedition trail is the Challenge Walk, over the South Downs National Park. Very well done to all the students, who showed a lot of spirit in the cold weather.
Also a big thank you to the brilliant Miss French and Miss Keyse for giving up their Saturday and to the fantastic Emily Morgan, DofE student leader from Yr10.