WARRACKNABEAL Secondary College year 8/9 Outdoor Education class completed an arduous trek through the Little Desert National Park and Wimmera River area on November 12 and 13.

Following many classes of preparation, the students put all of their camp craft and hiking skills to the test in the 18km walk.

Battling temperatures of 33 degrees and tracks of heavy sand for almost five hours on the first leg of 11km, the group made it safely to the Horseshoe Bend Campground on Monday afternoon.

The students were required to carry all equipment with them including food, water, tents, cooking stoves and clothing and this added up to 15kg to their packs and increased the level of difficulty to the walk.

On arrival to the camp site the students and teachers enjoyed a refreshing dip in the Wimmera River to cool off and wash away the build-up of sweat and sand.

Day two required a shorter 7km walk, but with a combination of sore muscles and nasty blisters for some, it was always going to be a challenge. The students refuelled their bodies with some breakfast, packed their packs and set off for the final leg. Sighting a number of kangaroos, emus, kookaburras and yellow tailed black cockatoos kept the students interest on things other than aching bodies, as they made it into Dimboola right on 11:00am.

By 11:01am the students had emptied the pie warmer and slice cabinet at the Wimmera Bakery.

The camp provided the students with many new skills, as well as memories and stories to share in the future.