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expedition to Thailand
A team of seven Upper Sixth pupils have completed an arduous four day expedition for their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award through the jungle on the island of Koh Chang in Thailand. Battling against monsoon rains, thick undergrowth with steep climbs, enormous bamboo thickets and swarms of "wait a minute" thorn bushes, they finished the experience emerging sweat drenched and tired, but in good spirits to enjoy a well earned and refreshing swim in the hotel pool.
Very heavy monsoon downpours on the first night did however destroy a few of their hammocks and sleeping bags, along with their assessor and the local National Parks escort being similarly afflicted, a brief evacuation was necessary before the team resumed their journey on an altered route. They are now enjoying a bit of diving and sea kayaking before returning back to the UK to the delights of pre-season rugby and their final A level year!
Reporting by Dan Culley, Director of Activities and Outdoor Challenges