Christopher went on his first D of E hike this weekend.
Getting him kitted out for it was a powerful reminder of how far hiking has come in the last 30 years.
You see, I did Silver and Gold D of E, in Cyprus and the UK. I walked a lot of miles.
Most of the time I wished that I was carrying less weight. My pack was SO heavy.
So when it was Christopher’s go, I was determined to minimise weight.
But guess what? As a 14 year old teenager he knew better!