March 2013

RBGE 2013 008This month had us completing DofE training in Wick with new Bronze groups.

We also visited Edinburgh Botanic Gardens in preparation for Belize Expedition in June with Wick High School pupils. They were introduced to various field work skills and heard about the background to the relationship between RBGE and Belize, and the importance of the conservation work they will do while there.

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We had the pleasure of staying at the Aigas Field Centre while delivering workshops at the Highland Outdoor Learning Festival. Great location, great people.


Gold Final – Lochaber

Torrential rain  and high winds from the very start ensured this was an incredibly challenging expedition for both groups. Of all expeditions we have supervised/assessed this has to be one of the worst. All credit therefore to our hardy/competent groups who battled through to the end. It was a great achievement and testament to the characters involved. WELL DONE!

Italy finale…

After a great course we headed to the Dolomites for some much needed r&r and recce for future trips……we did not bank on a simple trip/fall and helicopter rescue with badly broken ankle for Irene. This was followed by repatriation home, operation and a LONG recovery in plaster with no weightbearing. Bad end to an otherwise great venture in Italy.