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Ruby’s Icelandic Adventures

Describe your proudest moment.

I would say navigating the routes out as part of the Gold DofE Team (Martha, Rosie and I). The paths were hard to find and we needed determination to keep positive. For example, when the weather changed, or when beginning a steep climb.

What was your highlight of the trip?

Definitely the hot springs, there were a few surprising pools which were a lovely treat, especially after a 9 hour day of walking. The warmth was the best feeling, I couldn’t feel my toes!

What was your most challenging moment and how did you overcome it?

I’d say the camping part was difficult as a whole…3 weeks in a tent! I compared my sleeping bag to my bed every night. It was hard to pack up our things each morning and cooking everything on a trangia. Luckily my tent mate, Rosie, was a star and we worked together to entertain each other by laughing at the others, singing songs from musicals, or playing cards extremely competitively.

Describe a memory you will treasure forever

I remember on the 5th or 6th day we had an extremely steep climb to complete. We were all huffing and puffing and I looked around and this was the moment where I thought, ‘I’m going to be okay’ as I realised, on this trip we do everything as a team and we will accomplish what I once thought was unimaginable.

What advice would you give to others who were thinking of doing the same trip (or similar expedition)?

Don’t second guess going on this trip if you enjoy walking or participate in DofE, or if you just want to spend time with your friends. It’s life changing!

What was the first thing you did when you returned home?

I got a shower, had an Indian takeaway and finally crashed in my freshly made bed.

Have you learnt anything about yourself from the trip?

That the only thing which will prevent me from doing something is my mind.

What destination would you love to travel to in future?

I would like to visit Africa, possibly work my way around the countries and scuba dive on the coast lines.

What are you plans for the summer holidays?

I am going to Amsterdam and Mykonos for my holiday. When I get back I will be writing my EPQ and personal statement!

Final thoughts…

Thank you to the leaders of this trip for giving us the opportunity to experience something which very little will.

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