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1 Recruit Training Flight
INSTRUCTOR NOTES Recruit Training Flight Lesson 6 Part 2 Initial Expedition Training

2 Expedition Equipment Having the correct equipment and clothing on an expedition could be the difference between life and death on the hills. It could also be the difference between having a really good day out and a really bad expedition. It could just be the difference between coming back warm and dry and cold and a bit soggy. In any event, proper planning and knowledge of equipment can guarantee a good and safe expedition.

3 TASK In small groups, write down a list of kit you think you will require on expedition…. Think about whether it will be carried personally, or whether it can be shared amongst the group.

4 Watch… The video on Day Sacks from the squadron website: LINK

5 Clothing Good clothing will be the difference between being warm and dry and cold and wet while out walking. As with everything, the more money you spend the better the clothing will be, but for DofE you will have good types of clothing at home already. Boots – these are a must. Never wear anyone else's boots and always ensure you wear in any new boots before going on an expedition. The next video will discuss clothing further.

6 Watch… Watch the video on Layering from the squadron website: LINK

7 Clothing Summary Layering is the best way to keep warm and comfortable while out walking or even back at camp in the evening. You should aim to have: A Base Layer next to your skin. This should wick sweat away from your body, keeping you dry. Multiple Mid Layers such as fleece, shirts, mountain jackets etc. Ideally, these should be wicking too. Trousers which will ideally be lightweight and quick drying – no JEANS! Outer Layers which should be windproof and lightweight. Waterproofs – Jacket, Trousers, Gaiters if possible. Head Cover and Gloves You can adjust your layers depending on your situation, weather and the amount of activity.

8 Tents Tents are a very important piece of kit when out on expedition or camping. You will have to trade off COST, WEIGHT and SPACE to find a tent suitable for your expeditions. Squadron has some tents you can use and these are good quality and will keep you warm and dry if you treat them correctly. The next video will discuss different types of tent and their uses.

9 Watch… Watch the video on Tents from the squadron website: LINK

10 Tent Summery Single Pole Tents – Sturdy, yet lightweight. Good for single person tents. Dome or Tunnel Tents – Good for low level or fine weather camping. Semi-Geodesic – Sturdy, good for higher level camping and camping in more harsh weather. Geodesic – Very sturdy, good for mountain conditions. Tend to be heavier than dome or tunnel. Ridge Type – Bomb proof in the main. Used still on arctic and Everest expeditions.

11 Single Pole or Hoop Tent
Dome Tent

12 Semi-Geodesic Geodesic

13 Ridge Tent NOT ONE OF THESE!!!!!!

14 Pitching Tents Pitch tent so the back is towards the wind;
If no wind, the prevailing wind in the UK is from the west, so the back should face west. Pitch the tent on the level; Try to avoid pitching the tent at the bottom of a slope as heavy rain may make this ground waterlogged; Pitch away from river and stream banks; Avoid pitching your tent under trees.

15 Sleeping Bags There are many different types of sleeping bag available. Some are synthetic filled, some are filled with Down. Down bags tend to be more expensive and require more looking after than synthetic bags. Bags come in all kinds of comfort ratings and temperature ratings. You may have to sacrifice some temperature for weight and size.

16 Sleeping As well as a sleeping bag you will require some form of insulation from the ground to have a good nights sleep. A traditional Roll Mat can provide you with some comfort and some insulation, depending on the thickness and material. A more modern approach is a self-inflating or inflatable sleeping mat. These can offer a lot more comfort and a lot more insulation. They are however more expensive and tend to be heavier than a roll mat. For the DofE you will be required to carry and use some form of sleeping mat.

17 Watch… Watch the video from the squadron website on sleeping bag fillings. LINK

18 Packing Your Rucksack In general, a 50-60ltr rucksack should be all you need for a DofE Bronze two day expedition. When packing your sleeping bag, there are certain things you can do ensure the weight is distributed correctly and comfortably. Watch a staff member pack a rucksack and see how it is done.

19 Watch… Watch the video from the squadron website on rucksacks LINK

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