Having completed the Bronze expedition section students will have established a solid foundation of basic hillwalking and camping skills. This is essential preparation before beginning the Silver training process in the more remote and challenging environment of the central Cairngorms. Participants will be using good quality mountain equipment and be encouraged to cut down on weight where possible. Instructors will accompany and train groups during the practice expedition, imparting mountaineering knowledge and expertise as appropriate. The qualifying venture will be conducted with minimal supervision and groups should experience little if any contact with any other groups or walkers. On successful completion of this section students should feel they have all the skills and knowledge to safely explore the Scottish hills and glens in summer conditions.
We ask groups to include an environmental connection in their expedition aim.
Practice (theory into practice)
There will be training in school and a pre expedition check. All participants will then complete a 3 day accompanied practice hike with 2 overnight camps. During the expedition instructors will coach each individual group, reviewing and adding to the basic skills acquired at the Bronze level.
We will begin with a kit check at school before travelling out to the Linn of Dee, Braemar to meet with instructors.
- Lightweight tent drills and stove review
- Issue safety equipment
- Prepare route cards to campsites (3 valleys, 6 campsites)
- Review all equipment and food carried - start hiking
- Wild camping best practice and environmental impact study
- Leave tents up and complete high tops (Munro) circuit carrying day gear and returning to camp (route choice, navigation, river crossings, off path and rough ground walking).
- Emergency procedures and night move briefing
- When dark, complete a night move to a new campsite
- Complete return journey to Linn of Dee
- Clean and hand kit in
- Review and depart
Final Qualifying Hike (The theme will be cleaning up the Cairngorms)
Day 1 to 3
- All groups transported to starting points at the Keiloch, Invercauld or Linn of Dee, Braemar.
- Equipment issue, plan and prepare route cards (each group will have their own campsite and route to follow).
- Equipment check and safety briefing before starting out on 3 day journey.
- Instructors will monitor groups as appropriate.
- At the end of the journey, group kit will be cleaned, checked, handed in and a comprehensive review carried out.