Please note that the walk this week will not start at the HQ in Caverswall. Please meet at the car park of the Windmill Pub (Meir Heath) at 07:30am. The leaders will then drive the Explorers to Cannock where they will be walking the first half of the actual Chase Walk route. Once complete the Explorers will be brought back to the pub. Explorers will let parents know when they are on their way back, we usually expect to be back by around 16:00.

In addition to the kit below please bring with you a change of shoes and something to sit on in the car on the way back.

Please bring with you as much of the kit listed below as possible:

PERSONAL kit (each participant MUST carry/wear all of the kit in this list)

  • Long sleeved base layer
  • Warm long sleeved shirt
  • Long sleeved microfleece or suitable jumper/top
  • Full length legwear suitable for outdoor use (NOT denim)
  • Quality wind and waterproof coat & over trousers
  • Spare socks
  • Warm hat
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Food for consumption en route (for the purpose of the practice walks please bring drinks too, you will not be carrying drinks on the actual walk)
  • Pencil and paper
  • Watch (or other devise with a clock on it i.e. mobile phone)
  • Drinking mug (plastic, not your grannies finest bone china)
  • Whistle
  • Compass (The compass should be of Silva or Suunto type with a roamer and base plate to take and walk on a bearing, suitable for use with your OS maps)
  • Torch – Wind up torches are not suitable
  • Polythene exposure bag at least 6’x2’6” 500 gauge (or metric equivalent) foil blankets may be carried in addition but not instead of
  • Hi-visibility waistcoats with reflective banding which must be visible front and rear

The list below is kit that your TEAM must carry

  • First Aid kit which should include as a minimum a good supply of plasters, blister treatment, antiseptic wipes and wound dressings.
  • Emergency high energy food such as mars bars, Kendal mint cake or any such snacks according to your preference.
  • Thermos flask with hot drink.
  • Sleeping bag (suitable for keeping a casualty warm)
  • 2 sets of OS maps of the route – WE WILL PROVIDE
  • All rucksacks must display reflective material visible from the rear – A high level of
  • Hi-visibility and reflective banding (which can be supplemented with red lamps such as bicycle lamps) is to be placed specifically around the rucksack of the team’s backmarker. This could be an additional hi-viz jacket worn around the rucksack.

Chase Walk Camp

Just to confirm the arrangements for this weekend, Cliff and I will be at camp between 15:00 and 16:00, please bring with you all of your kit for the walk (including food and boots) plus kit for sleeping. We always do a chip shop run on the Friday night so please bring about £5 for food and you may wish to bring a chair so you have somewhere to sit while you eat.

As Meagan mentioned last night, Beaudesert gets cold at night so make sure you have a suitable sleeping bag and bed.  Those of you that have taken tents, please make sure you bring them to camp and you arrive at a sensible time to put them up.

On Sunday you will need to be collected from camp at 12:00 please make sure your parents/guardians are there at 12:00, no later.

If you do not know how to get to Beaudesert please have a look at their website for directions:

Please speak to each other and try and arrange to share lifts.

See you on Friday

Kit check tonight – Chase Walk

For those of you doing the Chase walk, tonight we will be having a full kit check.  The kit list can be found here (page 10), please bring everything you have on the list (including the team kit, excluding food).  If you are missing kit then you need to get it by next Tuesday, this is when we will have our final kit check ahead of the walk.

Practice Walk 22/2/14


The walk this weekend is the first half of the actual Chase Walk route.  We will be meeting at the Windmill pub car park in Meir Heath (map below) at 7:45 am, please be on time, we will then drive you to Beaudesert Scout camp which is the starting point for the walk.  Make sure you have all the kit I told you to bring last week plus food and drinks.  It is very important that you all attend, particularly if you have not done the walk before, part of the function of these next two walks is to familiarise you with the walk route.

Also, please can you bring with your your completed health form (link) and your £23 for the actual walk.

See you bright and early on Saturday

Practice Walk 15/2/14


As I have already mentioned the practice walk will commence at the usual time (9 am) from the HQ on Saturday, please be there on time.

This will be the last walk from HQ to Consall and back so I want you all to bring your “a-game” we need to pick up the pace across the board.

To get you ready for the actual walk please can you all bring the following (you can be wearing some of it):

  • Warm shirt
  • Warm hat
  • Socks
  • Full length legwear suitable for outdoor use (NOT denim)
  • Two long sleeved tops
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Quality wind & waterproof coat & over trousers
  • Pencil and paper
  • Whistle and Compass. (The compass should be of Silva or Suunto type with a roamer and base plate to take and walk on a bearing.)
  • Torch with spare batteries and bulb. Your torch must be of a suitable size to provide sustained light suitable to illuminate your route over several hours during darkness. LED torches do not require spare bulbs. Wind up torches are not suitable
  • Polythene exposure bag at least 6’x 2’6” 500 gauge
  • Watch
  • Mug
  • Hi-visibility waistcoats with reflective banding which must be visible front and rear

This is the majority of the kit you will be carrying for the actual walk, if you do not own some of the items on the list don’t worry, bring what you have.  When we return to Explorers after the half term break we will be doing a full kit check with you so please make sure you have EVERYTHING on the above list by then.

If you are doing the practice on Saturday and you are not taking part in the actual walk then you do not need to bring all of the above kit.

See you on Saturday in time to LEAVE at 9:00 am, I am expecting all of you with the exception of Adam G.

Practice walk 1/2/14


Tomorrow it starts to get tougher. We will be meeting at the HQ in time to LEAVE at 9:00. Please be on time. You will be walking to Consall as before THEN back again. Tell parents to collect you from HQ around about 13:00.

Bring wet weather gear, it looks like it will be a wash out!