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Diamond DofE Challenge

The School’s climbing team scaled new heights over the summer break, with their very own Diamond DofE challenge of scaling Wales’ three peaks.

In the 60th anniversary year of the Duke of Edinburgh Award’s conception, Harry Butler, Elliot Needham, William Sampson, Javier Gonzalez, Harry Bulkeley, Christopher Ballard and Sarah Nelson-Jones set themselves the challenge of climbing Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen y Fan in just three days.

The team first set about climbing Snowden, the longest climb of the three. With high spirits on their way up, Snowdon even rewarded the pupils with a Pokémon – much to the amusement of other climbers at the peak.

Day two was by far the toughest for the team. Cadair Idris is a very steep and unforgiving peak to climb, and the pupils, after such a long walk the day before, were beginning to tire. But despite the poor visibility at the top, they handled the day with great aplomb, and powered on to the gentler climb of Pen y Fan.

After such a physically demanding challenge, the team headed to the beach of Pembrey to enjoy the feeling of sand between their toes. Their visit to the beach coincided with the Perseid Meteor Shower, a most fantastic display and fitting reward for the team’s climbing endeavours.

Teacher of Art and DofE Coordinator Tessa Rankin commented: “The pupils did exceptionally well to conquer the three peaks of Wales in just three days. The Diamond DofE challenge is a wonderful way for us to celebrate 60 years of such achievements, and a great way to raise funds for good causes at the same time.”

Published on 19/09/2016

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