The size 10 rubber boots were hanging loosely off my feet, which felt frozen as I’d forgotten to put on a second pair of socks.
Add that to the fact that I often sank into the muddy, uneven ground and you might think that I’d end up enjoying this trip about as much as getting root canal treatment without anaesthetic. But you’d be completely wrong!
It was quite simply a pleasure to be involved in a trek which marked the polite and articulate youngsters’ latest attempt to gain a John Muir Award.
The P5 to P7 pupils walked half a mile to woods in the Carmichael Estate before showing off a range of outdoor skills.
The kids made dens from branches, erected a tent, started their own fire, boiled water in a storm kettle and made hot chocolate to impress principal teacher Julie Burns and classroom assistant Margaret Telfer.