On Wednesday 3 August, a group of students from Year 9 woke up in the early hours of the morning to go on the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Hike. They were joined by the members of the Silver and Gold groups. The hike started at Cowan Station, where the groups walked the ‘Great North Walk’. At first the ground was flat and was pretty easy but, after a couple of kilometres, hills were surrounding us and for the remainder of the day we were clambering up steep hills and descending them. It seemed never ending! Around the middle of the day, we stopped for a lunch break, and then continued on for a couple more k’s. At around 4 o’clock, we arrived at our campsite, which for me was one of the best things about the hike. It had a playground and was right next to a lake. When we had put out tents up and eaten our dinner, we lit the campfire and warmed up.
Early the next day, we all woke up and packed up our tents and bags, and were ready to go. The teachers, on the other hand, waited a while and took their time to pack up. Everyone in Bronze group stayed behind and waited for them to finish, while the other groups continued on and did a longer hike. At last the teachers were ready, and we headed off to Mount Kuring-gai station. It was a lot easier than the previous day, although the last part was a monster hill! Once we had climbed the hill we were at the station, where we caught a train to Hornsby and made our way home. Overall, the hike was great fun, even though it was a little (or for some of us, extremely) tiring.
The Silver and Gold hikers proceeded down to the Baden Powell Scout Camp for the night. After a restful sleep, we hiked down to Chatswood via the Lane Cove River Valley. It is a beautiful walk and we had great weather for it. We even got to Chatswood on time, after a fun urban hike up Fullers Rd.
Thanks to all the parents and especially Mrs Purkis and Mr Chilton for their assistance on this hike.
Charlotte Aitken and Mr Hill