Bronze Training Expedition Term 1

The Duke of Edinburgh award is a very fun and interesting experience to be a part of. My group went on an expedition on the 30th-31st of March. We first caught a train from Hurstville station to Heathcote station and walked all the way to Waterfall with 15kg bags on our back.

The weather was beautiful and the sun was shining….. Just kidding…… the clouds were grey and we were drenched from head to toe by the time we got to the campsite. As soon as we arrived at our home for the night, we were taught how to set up our tents. You would think that by now, the sun would have at least made a small appearance but you thought wrong! We were all rained upon during every part of the evening, whether we were training to set up the tent, or eating dinner, or even sleeping in the tent. Whatever we did, the rain followed us everywhere. After we set up our tents, we went to our sheltered dinner spot and learnt how to cook with our own portable stoves! One tent group ate really quickly and went straight to the tent, whereas my tent group was still boiling the water for our pasta after 30 minutes. Eventually we gave up and we ate half-cooked pasta. While we were enjoying our “feast”, we noticed that the girls beside us had made themselves a grill and started cooking their giant sausages on it. Now that was true accomplishment.

Anyway, we went back to our tents and made ourselves comfortable for the long and cold night ahead of us. We really should have gone to bed at around 9:30 but all the tents had better things to do until about midnight. It was a really rough night due to our drenched sleeping bags and not enough dry layers of clothing. Eventually, we got through it and at around 7:00am, everyone was up and sticking their heads out of their tents to talk to other people. It was a chilly morning but we forced ourselves out of bed, quickly ate breakfast and got dressed so that we could get out of there as soon as possible. We all really wanted to go home! At least the second day was sunny though! There were quite a lot of stops on the way back to Heathcote station because of the views and the creeks and waterfalls, but sometimes because people were too tired to go on.



We all helped ourselves get up and down the hills and rocky faces, and then we saw it! We saw salvation, also known as Heathcote Station. Everyone was tired but extremely happy and excited that we were finally back home! This all may sound very tiring and boring, but it was really such a fun experience to have with your friends. You create bonds with the teachers and your classmates that you never thought would happen. I would definitely do it again (but maybe with sunnier weather).

Thanks to Ms Nabaki and Ms Baldwin for sharing the journey with us all.

Tara Kapila – Year 9