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FP3Peaks Expedition Hill-Walking Training – 27 June 2013

There’s now just over a week to go until the start of our Three Peaks weekend. Next Friday, approximately 40 Year 12s (including myself) will head up to Yorkshire in school minibuses. Then, on the Saturday (6 July), we’ll set off on the mammoth trek itself.

Said to be 26 miles long, including roughly 10,000 ft of ascent, we’re looking to complete the course in under ten hours.

REACH THE TOP: Miss MacAngus, Mr Zair, and Mr Taylor, with Pete Watt at the top of Winter Hill. (IMG_6557)

Having missed last week’s training hike to participate in my church’s Music Festival, I joined four others for a hill-walking session after-school today.

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DofE Bronze Award Presentation – 10 November 2011

Every year, the scores of Windsor and Maidenhead young people who complete any of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards are invited to a celebration evening held at the Maidenhead Town Hall. There, each group leader gives a short speech about the expedition undertaken by their group, before the mayor formally presents each participant with their certificate.

SENSE OF ACHEIVEMENT_Shortly after receiving my DofE Bronze Award certificate.

This evening, I was given my Bronze Award in recognition for my weekly volunteering at Furze Platt Cubs, my physical effort at Maidenhead Marlins Swimming Club, and my skill in completing my Grade Five Clarinet exam. Obviously, in addition to that, there was also the expedition element, which I completed in June.

During the ceremony, both the film I made of the adventure and the music video Jake made whilst in the boat were played on the big screen. For me, it was tremendous to have such a large audience enjoying the video I’d slaved away over for hours, and great for everybody to be laughing at "the couscous incident"!

What now for me and DofE? It’s straight on to Silver, of course! That will see me and most of my original comrades completing a three-day (two-night) expedition, with more in all three areas (physical, volunteering, and skill) beforehand. I say bring on the challenge!


Click here to watch my video of the expedition.

Click here to watch Jake's music video made on the expedition.

Click here to read about the real expedition in June 2011.

Click here to see photos from the expedition.

Click here to read about the practice expedition held in May 2011.

New Video: DofE Bronze Expedition – 13 July 2011

WATERTIGHT_Special camera equipment was used on the water

Last night, at 4 Marlow Road, my Bronze DofE group showed our projects to the assessor. My friend Jake Smith did a joint-project as a music video, and during the trip he filmed all of us dancing along to the S Club song Reach. The choice of the music was because, during our practice expedition, the eight of us had had an argument over the lyric “Reach for the stars”, with my friend Jack Clifton certain that the line was in fact “Reach for the sky”. Whilst I say that it was a joint-project, in reality I think sadly Jake ended up doing all of the work, with his two ‘colleagues’ leaving him to do it for them. You can watch his video here.

I did my project in video form also, though as a more documentary-style. Actually, I think I probably spent vastly too long on it – compared to my peers, who mainly did theirs as they went along, I spent hours in front of my computer yesterday (in addition to the time spent filming it during the event). I am pleased with the result, especially how I managed to “recycle” the aborted edit of the practice expedition, and use its footage and one of the sequences in it on this film.

So then, below, for your viewing pleasure, my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Expedition!