20 Secondary School students rose to a great challenge in their summer holidays; four days in the wilderness of Rondane, a national park in Norway, 300 km north of Oslo, a fascinating landscape with varied vegetation and magnificent rock formations. From 31st August to 3rd September 2015 four teams, consisting of 5-7 students, explored this stunning nature with its peaks and its herds of wild reindeer. Prior to the trip, they had planned different routes through the territory and then the time had come to putting the self-devised itineraries to the practical test in the wilderness. After all, the participants had prepared for this expedition, in some cases for almost two years in this expedition.
The first day was warm as summer, however, the weather conditions deteriorated during the expedition and became more taxing and were the biggest challenges on the long hike. After all, the hikes were at least 20 km per day (and those who have been in the region, know that 20 km on the map in heavy terrain may be 20 percent longer). Needless to mention that the luggage weighing 10 kg also required strength and therefore it was not about properly navigating through the territory, but also about physical fitness and endurance. However, all groups ideally adapted to the difficult conditions and were not hampered by storm and rain. It was great that all students invariably proved to be exemplary team players. Until the very last moment, there had been great comradery and the motivation was high.
All groups arrived safely and happily at the final destination after four days of hiking. They can now be proud of their performance achieved. All supervisors pay the participants greatest respect as they know all too well what hard times you can experience during such an expedition.
The expedition was accompanied and assessed by two experts. They were extremely delighted with the behaviour and the performance of the participants during the expeditions. A great team of volunteers helped to organise this event and took care of the students' safety. Without the voluntary work of all supervisors and experts, this expedition would not have been possible. A big thank you for that!
Now it would be great if many of the participants of this successful expedition could complete the three other award-sections (talent, service and sports) and get their "residential" to enable us to hand over the certificates at our award ceremony in January.
We will keep our fingers crossed!