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25 Things That Happened On Every DofE Expedition

Trangias become the bane of your life.

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1. Having a tense pre-walk argument with the group over who has to carry the tent.

Obviously nobody wants the tent. Shotgun Trangia.

2. Trying to pick up your backpack and almost falling over.

Or actually falling over. Then realising with dread that you're going to have to carry this thing around for the entire weekend.

3. Realising you’ve forgotten a crucial item, five minutes into the walk.

Then spending the rest of the expedition worrying that you're going to fail because of it. Well. Nobody *really* needs one of those orange survival bags in the Surrey Hills, do they?

4. Discovering none of your group are actually that good at map reading.

And having a bit of panic about this as you cross your fingers that the footpaths are signposted.

5. Which inevitably leads to an absolute screaming match in the middle of a forest.


"Laura we just came from that path."

(Repeat forever).

6. And inevitably getting totally lost because you turned the wrong way.

Whoever was correct would definitely be smugly saying, "I told you so" and bringing it up for the rest of the expedition.

7. Feeling really hardcore when you see walkers with daypacks.

Absolute amateurs. They're probably going to sleep in an actual bed tonight as well.

8. Not being able to enjoy the nice views because of the constant physical pain.

9. Getting into some sort of altercation with a farm animal.

Fingers crossed it's some nice sheep blocking your path and not a raging bull. Or a dead thing :(

10. Injuring yourself in a variety of exotic ways.

Sprained ankles, bee stings, heatstroke, suspected trench foot, and Trangia burns, were all just a part of the experience. Luckily you'd all be armed with your shiny new first aid kits and ready to come to the rescue.

11. But nothing was worse than the backpack bruises.

LOOK AT THE BRUISE ON MY SHOULDER FROM MY DOFE BAG omg okay I agree with Miss Lambert my bag was a little too heavy

You'd wake up with bruises on places you didn't even know could bruise, namely your hips and shoulders, which will become a patchwork of black and blue.

12. It would inevitably rain.

A lot.

13. And you could never be sure if your waterproofs were leaking or if you were just sweating that much.

Probably both.

14. And it would turn out that your walking boots definitely weren’t waterproof.

15. Arriving at your campsite really late because you got lost and walked four miles in the wrong direction.

Putting your tent up in the dark made it even more difficult.

16. Having to cook on one of these bastards.

And massively struggling to light it/burning your food/yourself. What's for dinner? Pasta. It's always bloody pasta.

17. Getting a bit of meths in your dinner.

It's a given that you'll probably spill a bit in your dinner. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Probably.

18. Then spending the rest of the evening comparing blisters.

"No mine is bigger."

"Well mine has burst."



19. Being so tired you actually managed to sleep on your incredibly hard roll mat.

20. Consuming your own body weight in Snickers bars over the course of the weekend.

Just had my first snickers since dofe. Feel like I should go walk up a hill or something.

You're definitely burning it off carrying that huge backpack don't worry.

21. Or ruining a cereal bar for life.

Once you've eaten a cereal bar on DofE it is ruined for life. RIP Nature Valley bars.

22. Genuinely feeling like you couldn't walk one more step.

23. And wondering why on earth you paid to do this.

It's not even compulsory.

24. But feeling amazing when you arrived at that final checkpoint.

25. And forming a bond with your group that will probably last for the rest of your life.

Mostly because of the terrible things you've seen together.