An intrepid group of explorers undertaking their Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award have just successfully completed a challenging journey across the Black Mountains.
Nicknamed “The Wolfpack”, the group undertook the trek in the Brecon Beacons for their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition.
Steffan Williams, Owyn Beecham, Connor Thomas (all pupils at Blaengwawr Comprehensive School) and Arwel and Rhodri Poacher (pupils at Y Pant Comprehensive School) were considered outstanding in their performance, according to the Duke of Edinburgh Award’s Expedition Assessor.
The Rhondda Cynon Taf teenagers did not all know each other before undertaking their Practice Expedition in the eastern Beacons, but made firm friends and stormed across the mountains demonstrating excellent teamwork abilities and physical stamina.
The going got tough at times, including an intimate involvement with a bog; painful blisters and very steep climbs to summits but they maintained a positive mental attitude and kept their morale high with songs and games along the route.
They also investigated the water features in the area - reservoirs, lakes, waterfalls, rivers and streams - and gave a presentation of their findings at the end of their four-day long adventure.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning Cllr Eudine Hanagan said, “Many congratulations to our five intrepid explorers who certainly impressed the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition Assessor with their outstanding performance.
“They have developed valuable abilities as a result of their experiences, including tenacity, tolerance, understanding of other's strengths and weaknesses; communication, organisation, effective planning, as well as skills such as navigation with map and compass.
“They are certainly a credit to themselves, schools and indeed the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme which has done so much to enhance their young lives.”