For three days we hiked through nature in independent groups. We, the participants of the Duke programme, went on our first of four Gold Expeditions in Year 11. So we spent our weekend from 01 to 03 April 2022 straining but also productive.
Weeks before, we prepared for the expedition. We stuck together maps, planned checkpoints and breaks, bought food, packed sunscreen and broke in our hiking boots. We were all very excited, of course, and had expected the weather to remain high until we looked at the weather forecast. Of all things, it was going to snow that weekend! Nervousness, fear and tension arose in us.
Day 1: All groups walked to the train stop and took the train to Hilzingen. When we arrived, the expedition started immediately. Together we made our way to the campsite, which was right next to Hohenkrähen Castle. After all the groups had arrived at the campsite in the afternoon, each group set up their tent and made themselves comfortable despite the cold. In the evening, we cooked with our groups, ate and chatted around the warm campfire.