Some 84 pupils spread among 16 groups completed Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions in the Southern Cairngorms at various times between 22 June and 2 July. The Expeditions were based at Braemar, although we also used the Youth Hostels at Inverey and Tomintoul. The routes were spread over a wide area with Gold Groups reaching as far as Glen Feshie and Glen Esk. For the first time some of the Bronze routes were fully contained in Glenlivet.
The Bronze Groups were battered by the wind and rain of an unusually vigourous depression for the time of year. Walking and camping were endured rather then enjoyed for a while - at least the midges didn't like it much either. Conditions improved after that, but localised downpours meant that a close eye had to be kept on changing river levels with some detours necessary.
All Groups showed determination in facing and coming through some testing routes and variable weather. Well done to all those involved, and also to those who took part in the Expeditions between April and June in the Lowther Hills, the Yorkshire Dales and Sutherland - they were also tough and demanding.
Thank you to Mr Stark, Mr Irvine, Mrs Floyd and Mr Riddell who helped the Groups in the Southern Cairngorms and also to all the other Assessors involved.