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Practice & Qualifying Expeditions

The expeditions are a great experience and really good fun! Two expeditions must be completed:

  • Practice Expedition - 4 days (3 nights) + travel days
  • Qualifying Expedition (Assessed) - 4 days (3 nights) + acclimatisation day + travel days

A Gold Expedition consists of a four day and three night hike, covering about 80km. It's physically challenging but you don't have to be incredibly fit to do it! As long as you get a bit of practice walking in beforehand anyone will be fine. You are completely self sufficient for the four days, carrying all of your Food, Clothing, Tents etc. However, the campsites all typically have water supplies and sometimes showers! You walk in groups of between 4 and 7 people.

See our Kit List for our society's recommendations on kit, and Where to Buy page aimed at getting quality gear for the best prices (we are aware about student priorities!). We also provide information about recommended Expedition Food for best energy, lowest weight, ability to keep for the whole expedition, and (most importantly) be tasty enough to look forward to!