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DofE Gold Expedition – Poland/Slovakia 2018

On Saturday 30th June three teams from The Chalfont Community College travelled to southern Poland to embark on their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition in The Tatra Mountain range which forms a natural border between Slovakia & Poland. We were based in Zakopane and then travelled over the border to begin the hike on Monday 2nd July.

After a substantial hike of more than 22km, climbing over 1000m, the team arrived at their campsite for the night. The days got harder and the weather got warmer but the teams pushed on. The remaining nights were spent in mountain huts, a relief from the camping, but the compromise was more height climb each day!

Once in the mountain hut, the teams enjoyed a hot meal on their stoves and listened to The England game. On a very early start to Day 4, the teams walked toward the highest point which allowed some of the best views in Slovakia. This was followed by the long descent toward the finish line which the 3 teams managed on time. They were desperate for a shower by the end of this!

During their expedition, the teams walked over 70km and climbed more than 3800m; this is higher than the climb from Base Camp of Everest to the summit! To complete the expedition is an amazing achievement. Throughout the challenge our students showed grit and determination and even managed to run to the end point!

The students wanted to spend the R&R day with a visit to Auschwitz, a very moving and emotional experience for all. Following that it was onto Krakow to enjoy a celebration meal before flying home the next day. Next stop… the Palace to receive their Awards!!
Well done from all the staff!