South West Region

Windermere 2011

Windermere 2011 Report

Eleven staff from Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wing led by Sqn Ldr Colin Stonestreet, the Wing Adventure Training Officer, and Fg Off David-John Morgan, his deputy, ran a week long adventure training camp at NACATC Windermere.

Thirty cadets from 413, 457, 443, 1105, 1350, 1927, 2498, and 2515 Squadrons took part and all had to survive a seven hour coach journey before the week even started.

The first activity undertaken by the cadets on arrival in the Lake District on Saturday 30th was their swimming proficiencies at Kendal pool. The following day started with a drive to Coniston and completion of a high level walk taking in The Old Man of Coniston and four other mountains over 600m.

On Monday there were four groups undertaking different activities. One group did a low level walk and National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) training around Loughrigg Fell while the second group did NNAS training and a low level walk around The Hundreds. The two other groups did a high level walk around the Fairfield Horseshoe, in wet weather and poor visibility.

Tuesday was split into canoeing and kayaking followed by a low level walk and NNAS training.

Wednesday saw the cadets having a session of climbing at Tilberthwaite Quarries, followed by low level walks around Blake rig and the surrounding area.

The cadets did orienteering on Thursday at Whinlatter Forest in the morning, followed by an afternoon of free time in Keswick to do some shopping.

On the last full day 16 cadets were chosen from the camp to complete a Gill scramble in Church Beck, Coniston while the rest of the camp undertook their NNAS assessments. The final evening, following a long and tiring week, was a well deserved visit to the local cinema to see Captain America followed by fish & chips at Vinegar Jones.

And finally that long journey home after a rewarding week for all who took part!
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