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Dulwich Beijing International Award Students Hike in Hubei

November, 2011
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dcb-hike-3sDulwich College Beijing International Award (Bronze and Silver) students tackled an awesomely beautiful but challenging hike in remote Hubei province recently.

Though blessed with clear, blue skies, the trade-off was near gale force conditions. The students pushed steadfastly forward in winds that plucked and pulled them about on the highest peaks.

“The moment I finally settled in my sleeping sack was an unusual combination of satisfaction and discomfort,” said one Y11 student. “Satisfaction because there was one day less of hiking; discomfort, because the tent was wet as it rained and my partner was snoring!” 

The students also had the opportunity to cook some fantastic meals out in the wilderness; bacon was their favorite. “It is easy and fast to cook and it tastes and smells delicious after or during an exhausting hike. Moreover, it is quite light and easy to pack.”

On the second day, they fearlessly navigated perilously steep and loose sections of the wall; perched above plunging ravines in one of the most challenging International Award hikes to date with a confidence that was impressive and inspiring. Teamwork was evident throughout, with students such as Ricardo Cociani stepping in and calmly guiding others down the most precarious parts of the descent. The Bronze Award students departed in the afternoon, and the Silver team pitched up for a second night under the stars before journeying home. 


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