The aim of our qualifying Bronze hike expedition is to complete, in small groups, a self contained mountain journey from Ballater to Strathdon taking in the summit of Morven at 871m. On the day the route may be adjusted to suit prevailing conditions and any individual needs as required. Morven is a significant summit and one that will be remembered. We begin with a 2 day training and practice expedition which may be repeated for groups who are not quite ready for the qualifying venture.


Practice Hike (theory into practice)

Following training in school everyone will complete a 2 day accompanied practice hike with an overnight camp. During this expedition instructors will coach each group with the skills required to be safe, comfortable and happy in a mountain environment.
For example:-

  • Teamwork and communication
  • How to get the best out of your equipment and clothing systems
  • Navigation and route planning
  • Camping, cooking and the safe use of stoves
  • Basic first aid and emergency procedures
Day 1

We will begin with a kit check at school before travelling out to Strathdon to meet with instructors.

  • Accompanied walk navigating through the Bunzeach forest
  • Practical skills sessions at various way points along the journey
  • Environmental information (weather, climate, land use, water systems, wild life, plants, access and human traces)
  • Arrive Glen Deskry camping area
  • Tents and shelters
  • Stoves, cooking and hygiene
  • Camp. (water supply and toilet available)
Day 2

  • Clean up camping gear and pack
  • Prepare route cards for group test hikes
  • Test hike to Pressendye area
  • Descend to Tarland for kit hand in and review

Final Qualifying Hike

Day 1

  • Coach transport from school to the Pass of Ballater to meet instructional staff
  • We will check plan and prepare each group before setting off up the slopes of Morven
  • The summit is normally reached by early afternoon
  • Staff will be on the hill however groups will be self sufficient and unaccompanied
  • Groups should be getting to the camp area by early evening
  • Camp, cook and clean. Water supply and toilet onsite. Relax around main camp fire.

Day 2

  • Clean up camping gear and pack
  • Prepare route card for hike to Strathdon
  • Complete orienteering course on route
  • Descend to Strathdon for kit hand in and final review and ……………………ice creams!