We all completed a practice expedition in Arran, last September, including a major project
and three minor projects, to be completed over the course of the three days on the island. We then did mock presentations to the rest of the Explorers, to give us an idea of how we would present our final expedition results.
Based on that experience, each of our three teams then chose their major and five minor projects for Canada. Since our exams finished, we have been researching information we will be able to use to complete our challenges when in Canada. We have been concentrating on Scottish information, so we have a better understanding and can compare British Columbia to Scotland, when we are there. Once we are in Vancouver, we will be issued with another five minor projects.
To make our Explorer Belt expedition possible, the participants, leaders and our parents have worked hard by participating in multiple fundraisers over the last two years, including bag packs, car boot sales, quizzes, rag collections and sponsored cycles.
In addition to raising money, our cycle from Bowling to the Falkirk Wheel and back really helped the group realise the type of distance that we will have to cover in a day, during the expedition. This has resulted in us cycling whenever we can, as part of our personal training. Some of the guys have managed to cycle almost every day, sometimes with a rucksack filled with things like bottles of water, in order to become more used to cycling with a heavy bag. Some people have also attempted to ration their water intake when cycling, in case they canít fill bottles in Canada, as regularly as they can in Scotland. Being able to do this has improved our physical fitness, which should greatly benefit us for the expedition and in general. We are all really looking forward to the challenge and canít wait to get to Canada.Author: Gary Bainbridge