Silver Duke Of Edinburgh Adventure
During the holidays, six adventurous PLC Sydney girls from Years 10-12 set out to undertake the Silver Duke of Edinburgh qualifying three day hike. The trek took place in the Royal National Park, starting at Heathcote.
Day 1 was approximately 14 km to camp. The nights in camp gave us an opportunity to master our kits such as erecting our tents, unpacking cooking utensils and all the goodies that we prepared. Generally we looked forward to the night camps as they were fun and provided the recovery time we needed.
Day 2 was where we really faced our challenge, we walked 22 km over terrain that I would describe somewhat different to the brochure. I felt a sense of achievement after the second day and began to enjoy the outdoor experience.
Day 3 was by far my favourite, we walked about 17 km to our final destination, Wattamolla. During this section of the hike we were privileged enough to see the NSW Coastline at its most beautiful state, it made the hike all the more worthwhile. Overall it was an amazing adventure, it was quite challenging at times but everyone was really supportive and helped each other get through it. I learnt life skills that I can now take on and use in the future. I would definitely recommend this hike to future Year 10 students who are up for a challenge as it is really worthwhile.
Tegan Neowhouse (Year 10).