SpineOut : August 14
My Duke of Ed Gold experience featured some thrilling adventures and some breathtaking views. My first adventurous journey was four days and three nights long in the Snowy Mountains. The adventure began with a battle against the weather, as a mid-summer snowstorm made the start of our walk very challenging. We walked along unmarked tracks, making the role of the navigator much more significant, especially in the snow. Some parts of the walk we were knee deep in long boggy grasslands and other parts we were climbing up steep hills, particularly up to Mt Kosciusko 2200m above sea level. We camped by the rivers and used that as our water supply during our stay. The second walk I undertook was from Newcastle to Paxton. Initially we walked past the ocean and along sand dunes, which was very hard on the legs. We then headed into the mountains, scaling the cliff edges. At one point, the hill was so steep it took an hour to climb less than one kilometre! Overall, the adventurous journey component of the Duke of Ed is very rewarding and challenging at the same time, bringing with it tough challenges and dangerous situations! Hugh, Declan, Lachlan and Daniel. Daniel, year 12, St Aloysius College Milson’s Point NSW My Duke of Ed Up for a challenge? If you are 14–25 and interested in doing something that takes you beyond the everyday, then The Duke of Ed is for you! FIND OUT MORE HERE!