Arctic conditions put pay to cadets camp

Cadets Harry Holland, Katherine Kirk, Joe Metcalf, Joe Alleston and Joe Fussey enjoying the Derbyshire scenery before heavy snow put a stop to their expedition
Cadets Harry Holland, Katherine Kirk, Joe Metcalf, Joe Alleston and Joe Fussey enjoying the Derbyshire scenery before heavy snow put a stop to their expedition

A SPRING camp turned into an Arctic adventure for five cadets from Caistor.

The camp was intended to last for six days, but heavy snowfall on the first night of their three-day expedition brought an abrupt end to activities.

The five cadets from Caistor Detachment Army Cadets travelled to Monsal Head in Derbyshire to take part in the Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force Spring Camp to practice for their Silver Duke of Edinburgh award.

The group left Caistor full of high spirits and eager to put into practice all the weeks of planning they had put into their expedition.

The first two days saw them experiencing all the activities offered to them - cycling, kayaking, climbing and abseiling.

Then they started the first day of a three day expedition walking Derbyshire Peaks, completely self sufficient carrying all their equipment and food with them.

During the night, the Derbyshire area suffered heavy snowfall and the whole camp woke to three inches of snow.

Some tents had even collapsed during the night, leaving campers sheltering in the communal marquees.

Unfortunately, due to the worsening weather conditions, the decision had to be made to end the camp and all cadets and adult volunteers made a huge effort to pack up camp and return to Lincolnshire.

Cadet Lance Corporal Joe Fussey said: “I did have fun – it was a bit cold though.”

The cadets are now planning for their qualifying expedition, which takes place in May, and are well on the way to achieving their Silver Award.