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Dartmoor 10 Tors Challenge
Take a walk on the wild side in the West Country's last great wilderness - the scene of an annual classic challenge 'The Ten Tors'. We'll recreate our own Ten Tors challenge taking in the very best of the Moors - trekking around 35 miles over two days.
Yes Tor, Fur Tor, Steeperton Tor, South Hessary Tor... the list of memorable tors dotted across the moor is extensive, but we shall visit just 10 during our challenge this weekend. We'll have the opportunity to explore the length and breadth of this precious and breathtaking wild landscape, covering approximately 35 miles over 2 days, and there'll be a chance to take a look at the geology, history and some of the botany of this amazing and unique landscape. If you missed out on the Ten Tors as a youngster, this is your chance to recreate it as an adult.
20:00 - Meet at overnight accomodation - in Princetown or surrounding area
21:00 - Event Briefing for following 2 days.
07:30 Depart on trek - visiting 4 or 5 Tors
18:00 Latest Arrival at overnight location
20:00 Evening Meal - in local pub and overnight in bunkhouse
07:00 - Breakfast
08:00 - Depart on Trek - visiting 5 or 6 tors
17:00 - Expected arrival at the end of challenge - return to Princetown for tea, cake or possibly something stronger before heading home.
2 nights bunkhouse accomodation in Princetown or surrounding area.
What is a Level 3.0 Trekking Challenge Like?
These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 9 hours trekking. In the case of a multi day trek, you can expect a lower daily duration, but of course the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be keen on physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy taking exercise, and do it regularly. Longer duration long haul treks are likely to be easier in terms of the physical walking, however you will need to be more resilient, due to simple living conditions. UK single day or weekend level 3 treks are suited to walkers and trekkers with some previous history of upland walking or alternatively a good amount of lowland training behind them.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.0 ‘Trek’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing very long walks in the countryside; 7 hours plus . You should be doing regular exercise, possibly with some running. Your running speed will be fairly steady; nothing too fast, and you should be able to run a minimum of 4 miles. If you do not run, you should be concentrating on other types of exercise but for longer periods of time (i.e. sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs). These other forms of exercise should be at a moderate to high level. e.g. spinning, circuits, swimming, or other sports.
Included In Trip
Mountain Training UK Qualified and experienced first aid challenge leader.
Challenge information pack.
2 nights bunkhouse accomodation including breakfasts.
Pre-event support from our in house challenge consultants.
Excluded From Trip
Transport to and from event.
Lunches and dinners.
Suncream, blister repair kit, plasters, vaseline, painkillers, sunbloc
Pack towel (lifesystems recommended), soap (small bar)
shampoo (not a full size bottle!), toothbrush, toothpaste (small size)
Hill walking items
Sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner - please check whether you require a sleeping bag
Day sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / plastic liner(s)
Bladder system (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking poles (highly recommended)
Sun hat (wide brimmed), neck scarf
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunches, but please check this with us
Snack foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.
Lightweight fleece, medium weight Fleece
Lightweight gloves, heavy gloves (mitten type recommended)
Fleece hat, balaclava
Long cotton trekking trousers, 1 pair tracksuit bottoms
Comfortable trekking shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Walking socks, liner Socks, underwear
1 change of casual evening wear
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent) & Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Toilet roll / pack of travel tissues, spare lace, camera, film / memory card / spare battery
Wallet, credit cards, cash, sunglasses, spare comfortable shoes, penknife
Mobile phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!), emergency rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek), head torch with spare batteries and bulb
It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.
You will be briefed by your leader, before and during the challenge - but key items to remember are as follows:
1. Wear appropriate clothing - including proper footwear with ankle support.
2. Ensure your waterproofs are in good condition
3. Listen to and follow instructions from your leader.
4. Remain within visual contact of your leader at all times
5. Remain well fed and watered throughout the event.
6. In case of poor weather we normally continue to pursue the challenge - unless we deem it unsafe. This usually would entail high winds or exceptionally high water levels that would render river crossings dangerous.
during the Spring and summer months we should expect good weather however conditions on the Moor can change quickly, so be prepared for cold and wet conditions too.
Parts of the Moor can become boggy after rain and take a long time to dry out. Gaiters are highly recommended for this event.
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