I spent this weekend supervising a group of young lads from SiMY Community Development as they undertook their final practice before their Silver qualifying expedition later this month. We were dropped off at Victoria Bridge, near Bridge of Orchy on Friday, and over the next three days made our way through Glen Kinglass and northwards along the shore of Loch Etive. Along the way, I put their navigation skills to the test, and we chatted about various topics from keeping your gear tidy in the tent to the best techniques for an al fresco toilet stop.
The weather was fairly good for the first couple of days, but Sunday was spent walking up Glen Etive in a moral sapping combination of drizzly mist and boggy ground underfoot. Despite being pretty tired and sore by this stage, the guys did a great job of keeping each other going until the welcome sight of the minibus appeared in the distance which energised them enough to jog up the track to get to it. The journey home required a detour to Oban to drop one of the team at the ferry; he was heading straight from DofE exped to a fortnight at Camas, before returning to Glasgow in time for his qualifying expedition – some people are gluttons for punishment 🙂
A great effort from the team, and I’m looking forward to supervising their qualifying expedition in a couple of week’s time.