The final few practice walks will be taking place on the Cannock Chase, please meet at the Windmill pub in Meir Heath in time to LEAVE at 07:30. Leaders will drive you out to Cannock Chase and return you to the Windmill pub later on (somewhere around 13:30-14:00, you will be notified when they are on their way back).
Please do not forget your kit (see earlier kit list post), you will be walking for several hours so please bring with you drinks (which you will not take with you on the actual Chase Walk) and food.
Below is the kit list for the actual walk and for all of the remaining practice walks:
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
Warm gloves or mittens
Food for consumption en route
Pencil and paper
Watch (or other device with a clock on it i.e. mobile phone)
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 with spare batteries (if LED, if you do not have an LED torch you also need a spare bulb, wind up torches are not suitable.)
Polythene exposure bag at least 6’x2’6” 500 gauge (or metric equivalent) foilblankets may be carried in addition but not instead of.
Hi-visibility waistcoats (these will be provided if you do not have your own)
If you do not have any of this kit there is no need to rush out and buy it ahead of the next practice walk but you will need it for the actual walk or you will be disqualified.
In addition to this kit each team must carry (we will go through who is carrying what at Explorers):
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 (1:50000 sheets 127 & 128). Total 4 maps. OR 2 of Explorer 244 Cannock Chase & Chasewater (1:25000) Photocopies may be used in addition but are not accepted as a substitute.
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.
As I mentioned on Tuesday there are not enough leaders around for the next two weekends to run practices so you are all expected to take part in two walks together over the half term. Both walks should be no less than 14 miles, preferably 20. Please talk on the group chat to make the arrangements.
When you are out walking please be extra sensible, walk in single file on the roads and keep together. I am expecting photographic evidence of both walks to be sent to me.
See you after half term
Please meet at the HQ in time to leave at 08:00, you will be walking there and back again and aiming to get back by 12:00
Please meet at Kibblestone at the usual time with your usual subs. We will finish at the usual time too. Please wear suitable footwear, coat and bring a torch.
Please be at the HQ in time to leave a 08:00. You will be walking to Consall and back so bring supplies. It will be cold so make sure you have hats and gloves with you. You should be aiming to arrive back at the HQ by 12:00, so you need to push hard.
See you in the morning
…Hiking boots (no, we are not going hiking!) and a 1 litre (ash) empty water bottle
See you tonight!