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Updates from our 2021 Expeditions

By British Exploring Society,
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HARTZ SCOTTISH EXPLORERS 1
4th August

All of the Fires have been out exploring their surroundings on ‘tours’ which involves planning a route and camping overnight away from basecamp with their Fire. While on their tour, they’ll be carrying out science and/or media projects, which may involve learning about the wildlife they encounter or practising how to use cameras to film short videos

The intrepid Voyager Fire on our Hartz Scottish Explorers expedition are on a roll and have now spent six days away from basecamp exploring the surrounding wilderness. These photos were taken by their Leader while following a drovers path beneath the Grey Corries. Check out the frog in Young Explorer Hannah’s hand!

 

 

LANDMARK SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS 1
3rd August

Another beautiful view from our Landmark expedition of Loch Tay. Photo by Medical Leader Daniel Grace (@wildernessmeduk on Twitter)

HARTZ SCOTTISH EXPLORERS 1
3rd August

A quick weather check for our expeditions; the maximum temperature today in Spean Bridge is 18°C, going down to 10°C this evening. This afternoon will see some sunny spells gradually develop. However, there is the chance of some lingering showers in places. Light south-westerly winds.

 

DANGOOR NEXT GENERATION SCOTLAND
3rd August

The maximum temperature today in Blair Atholl is 18°C, going down to 10°C this evening. A few patches of cloud will drift in during the afternoon, along with a few isolated showers. Sunny spells are forecast to develop between any cloudy breaks. Light south-westerly winds. Basecamp says midge levels are pretty low here currently.

 

LANDMARK SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS 1
3rd August

Similarly, the maximum temperature today in Ardtalnaig is 18°C, going down to 10°C this evening. A few patches of cloud will drift in during the afternoon, along with a few isolated showers. Sunny spells are forecast to develop between any cloudy breaks. Light south-westerly winds.

Young Explorers have been getting out on the water today to carry out paddle training. Photo by Deputy Chief Leader Clare Fitchett.

 

LANDMARK SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS 1
2nd August

Base camp is taking shape! More great photos from Deputy Chief Leader Clare Fitchett, featuring our Young Explorers getting to know one another while appreciating the protection that comes from having anti-midge headgear.

LANDMARK SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS 1
2nd August

We’re excited to see more Young Explorers travelling up to basecamp today, pictured here by Deputy Chief Leader Clare Fitchett (@clare_fitchett on Twitter), for our Landmark Scottish Highlands expedition where they will be exploring Loch Tay.

DANGOOR NEXT GENERATION SCOTLAND
2nd August

Young Explorers on Dangoor Next Generation Scotland are getting used to wild camping near basecamp in preparation to go out further into the beautiful surrounding landscape in their Fires (Fire is the British Exploring Society word for a team of around 12 people, as it’s the perfect amount of people that can fit around a camp fire). They’re learning where best to pitch their tents and how to practice ‘leave no trace‘ principles, including planning ahead, disposing of rubbish correctly, and leaving areas as they found them.

HARTZ SCOTTISH EXPLORERS 1
2nd August

It’s one week in for the Young Explorers on the Hartz Scottish Explorers expedition and they are being treated to glorious sunshine and stunning views from the Commando Memorial in Spean Bridge across to the Grey Corries. The Grey Corries are a range of mountains in the West Highlands of Scotland. The range includes several of Scotland’s highest peaks including a number of Munros (mountains above 3,000ft), with Ben Nevis the UK’s highest mountain standing proudly in the distance.

The ‘Voyage’ Fire is taking the name ‘Voyagers’ to a whole new level and have decided they would like to head off on a 6-day tour! They are heading for the Lairig Leacach bothy (a Scottish mountain hut) which sits at the foot of Stob Ban.

Explorers have caught a glimpse of rare local wildlife in their natural habitat too, with an Osprey (1 of 250 breeding pairs) & Golden Eagle (1 of 400 breeding pairs) sighted, thanks to the perfect skies that have been on offer over the weekend. Leaders have also been passing on their foraging knowledge (foraging is the act of searching for food from the natural environment) as the Explorers search for wild edibles – from flowers to berries and herbs – learning about the different flora and fauna in the area.

We hope all the Fires have a great time exploring and that the sunshine continues for them!

DANGOOR NEXT GENERATION SCOTLAND
30th July

18 excited Young Explorers arrived safely at their basecamp in the Scottish Highlands on Wednesday 28th July ready to start their Dangoor Next Generation expedition. They spent the day yesterday getting accustomed to basecamp life, cooking on their stoves and bonding as a Fire (group).

The plan is for them to leave basecamp today in their Fires and explore the area a little further North to set up smaller camps. Everyone is doing well and they are all united in their hatred of the Scottish midgie!

HARTZ SCOTTISH EXPLORERS 1
29th July

28 Young Explorers arrived safely at basecamp on Monday 26th July ready to embark on their exciting adventure in the Scottish Highlands. As well as getting accustomed to life at basecamp in Spean Bridge, they have been spending the last 3 days undergoing Explorer Training. Training provides Young Explorers with the skills to thrive in their wilderness environment.

The young people have been learning to work as a team in their Fires (groups), learning how to put up their tents, pack their rucksacks, how to cook outside on stoves, how to navigate through their surroundings and about health and hygiene whilst on expedition.

Over the next few days, they will ready their bags and decide in their Fires where they would like to explore as a team. The British Exploring Society team at HQ are incredibly jealous and hope they have a fantastic time out in the wild landscapes of the Scottish Highlands!

DANGOOR NEXT GENERATION SCOTLAND
28th July

Great to see more of our Young Explorers set off today on our Dangoor Next Generation Scotland expedition, enjoy the adventure!

Our Young Explorers from Darwen Vale High School have their bags packed and are basecamp-bound. Photo by Darwen Vale High School (@DarwenVale on Twitter)

 

 

LANDMARK SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS 2
28th July

“…I tell everyone who will stop long enough to listen where I’m going, and why, and how excited I am. I am nervous, too – there’s a 60-70-litre backpack that I need to be strong enough to carry, we’re going to be living off of ration packs (which are an excellent novelty but I’m told that wears off) and there are going to be challenges that I haven’t even thought of yet. I do know, though, that I will be supported by British Exploring Society Leaders throughout all of those challenges, and that ultimately I am going to be a stronger, more resilient, more self-confident person because of this Expedition. I know this because those things have already started happening. I can’t wait to continue my journey with my new friends and to make memories that will last a lifetime.”
– Young Explorer Leo

HARTZ SCOTTISH EXPLORERS 1
26th July

Happy travels to our Young Explorers on Hartz Scottish Explorers 1 heading to the Scottish Highlands for the first of our 2021 expeditions today!

HARTZ SCOTTISH EXPLORERS 1
25th July

Our Leaders were busy today preparing kit ahead of travelling to basecamp for our first 2021 expedition. Photo by Adventure Leader Jennie Richardson (@jennierichardson76 on Instagram)

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