Gold Award

Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary - Gold LevelWelcome to the final step of your fantastic venture or to the Direct Entrants welcome to the first step in the challenge that awaits you. The Gold level of the Award cements the foundations learnt at Bronze and Silver and prepares you for most strenuous section of the whole award. Master this section and people will be talking! It allows you to further develop an awareness of the outdoors reflecting upon what you have experienced at Bronze and Silver and will see you making decisions and demonstrating skills above and beyond that you thought were possible within wilderness environments. Should your fitness levels be slightly less than what is required for the expedition section of the Award there is the facility to undertake an Exploration that is less challenging on fitness (visit for more details). You again need to attend undertake training as the first step in the Adventurous Journey section of the Gold level, (Direct entrants you need to do Bronze and Silver training prior to this) and then proceed onto a practice journey and finally an assessed three night tramp covering a distance of approximately 65km.



Each level of the Award has topics that need to be covered, these are:

  • Appreciating the culture within the journey's environment
  • Campcraft, including food and cooking
  • Competency in the mode of travel
  • first Aid and emergency procedures
  • Navigation
  • Necessary equipment and how to use it
  • Observation and recording skill
  • Route planning
  • Team building and leadership training
  • Understanding of the Adverturous Journey
  • Understanding the impact of the journey on the environment

Practice Journey











This is basically as the name describes and opportunity to plan, undertake and learn from a non-arduous expedition whilst under shadow-supervision, at Gold though this venture is of two night duration so requires you to pack, unpack and repack your belongings whilst in the wilderness setting. Again identified knowledge and skill gaps can be subsequently addressed in further training or changed processes before the final expedition. Training needs to have been done prior to undertaking a practice journey, and the mode of transportation, (tramp, cycle, kayak etc) needs to be the same as that planned for the assessed expedition or exploration.



An expedition is an assessed venture that is in the same mode of transport to that done for the practice journey. Group members should be of similar age and level of experience, and in groups of 4 to 7. At Gold level the requirements are 4 days and 3 nights with at least 8 hours of activity during the day.



An exploration is a venture involving less distance than an expedition but more time is spent investigating and discovering the environment that you are in. Again groups of 4-7 and of similar age and level of experience are required. An Exploration can be done at each level.