‘Train hard, fight easy!’ Cold, misty, wet and muddy; the joy of the DofE Gold Practice on the River Wye during the Easter holidays. Thirteen students and three members of staff spent four days in the Wye Valley during the Easter holidays practicing for their gold expedition to the Ardeche river in the South of France in July. In order to replicate what they will do in France the group spent two and a half days canoeing from Hay on Wye to Ross on Wye, and one and a half days walking back to Mordiford. Four days with no showers or hot running water, no access to mobile phones, no toilets other than portaloos certainly tested the students but throughout the expedition they remained cheerful and enthusiastic (maybe not a 6am in the morning though). The camaraderie was high throughout and the group thoroughly enjoyed sitting around open fires in the evening. Lessons were learned, especially about how much kit they actually need for the actual expedition and the importance of a positive attitude. The group were a credit to themselves and are now much better prepared for the summer. Thanks go to all the students for making the trip so enjoyable and to Mr Pink for leading the trip and to Mr Wilson and Les Ranford for helping out and ensuring the group had a safe and enjoyable time. Video produced by L Dawson... enjoy!