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Gorge to Gorge Multi Challenge
Multi Activity Adventure
Get ready for full on adventure in some of England's most stunning natural scenery. Firstly the enormous and historic Cheddar Gorge, with its soaring limestone cliffs, then the plunging caves of Goatchurch Cavern, then it's off over the Mendip Hills via Burrington Coombe to the peaceful Goblin Coombe. Including a stunning trek above the mighty Cheddar Gorge, challenging subterranean exploration, back to nature map and compass navigation, and challenging cycling through some of the country's finest and most ancient geological features. This is an amazing action challenge day - so be ready for adrenaline a plenty!
Arrival Day - Friday evening Meet Cheddar & settle into accommodation. Event Briefing, challenge kit preparation. Evening Meal & meet event leaders.
Challenge Day - First Challenge - Mendip Orienteer - and trek along top of Cheddar Gorge - start directly from Challenge HQ in Cheddar - receive orienteer route maps and co-ordinate descriptions. Second Challenge - Underground Mendip - in small teams of around 8, you will head into the fascinating Goatchurch Cavern - and explore its myriad of accessible passageways. Your leader will help you to explore at an appropriate level - but this is - please note - an introductory caving session - and will be achievable for everybody. Third Challenge - Combe to Combe - you will now follow a waymarked trail to Goblin Combe - get ready for a thrilling abseil from a towering limestone cliff face. Get ready for some proper adrenaline! Goblin Combe is a beautiful tranquil spot - and its secluded rockfaces are ideal for this type of activity. Fourth Challenge - On Two Wheels - joining your bikes (which will have been delivered to this spot by support vehicle) - you will embark on a special ride through the high Mendips, returning to Burrington Combe, and then up and over , and finally descending (carefully) down Cheddar Gorge itself. Finally you will find yourself back at Challenge HQ once again - pretty exhausted - but having completed one enormous, challenge filled day - life may never be quite the same again! Time for a shower and get changed ready for dinner.
Departure Day - Breakfast - approx 08:00 Depart Cheddar by 10:00
This itinerary includes for the provision of two night's accommodation at our bunkhouse 'HQ' in Cheddar.
Bedding and breakfast is included - and will be a buffet style, cold breakfast - with plenty of choice.
What is a Level 4.0 Multi Activity Challenge Like?
These challenges are long in duration, high altitude, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect around 12 hours of full on multi activity. In the case of a multi day challenge, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to love physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy your training, and to do it regularly. Longer duration challenges are likely to be easier in terms of the physical effort, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions - ie using same clothes for several days, simple food, and maybe camping - this forms an integral part of the challenge.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.0 ‘Multi Activity Challenge’?
You are now moving into the realms of serious challenges - where you are likely to encounter carrying equipment, cycling on rougher terrain, sleep deprivation, or high altitude, or intense multi activity events along the lines of adventure triathlons. In any case - be prepared for an event which is going to take you to the limits of your comfort zone. Days will be up to 12 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. The severity of the challenge may be magnified by various factors - as you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions, simple food, variable weather conditions and maybe camping - these form a part of the challenge. You need to be in good shape to undertake any of these events, and you need to be training regularly. The height gain each day is greater than for level 3 - so expect plenty of hills! For multi activity events please work on your all round fitness.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Included In Trip
Event Marshalls, 2 night's accommodation, in good quality simple bunkhouse, including breakfast, climbing equipment (ropes, harnesses, helmets - but not climbing shoes) pre-event joining instructions, safety radios (if required), event maps, caving helmets and torches. Support Vehicle & Driver (subject to participating numbers) NB - Hire Bikes are available for this challenge at a rate of £15 for the day.
Meals: You will have 2 breakfasts, 1 packed lunch, and 2 dinners included for you on this challenge.
Excluded From Trip
Bike hire (please ask if you require this), transport to and from the event. Personal Equipment (Climbing equipment is included).
Suncream, Blister Repair Kit, Plasters, Painkillers, Sunbloc
Day Sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / Plastic Liner(s) for Rucksack
Sleeping Bag or Sleeping Bag Liner - please check whether you require a sleeping bag
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking Poles (highly recommended)
Sun Hat (wide brimmed)
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunched but please check with us
Snack Foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.
Lightweight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat
Long Cotton Trekking Trousers
Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Small Towel, Pack of Travel Tissues
Camera, Film / Memory Card / Spare Battery
Wallet, Credit Cards, Cash
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike / Mountain Bike (with Touring Tyres) - please call us for guidance on a trip by trip basis
Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Under Saddle Pouch (recommended - can be used to carry asterik* items)
Puncture Repair Kit*
2 x Inner Tubes*
Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Pump (suitable for your valve type)
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions. All climbing equipment is regularly checked and is retired well within its recommended shelf life - as recommended by the Mountain Leader Training Guidelines. Your instructors will be qualified either as Caving Instructor, Climbing Instructor, or British Mountain Leader - all under the appropriate National Governing Body.
This event is a spring / summer adventure challenge - and typically runs in May to September - weather should be warm (ish) - but at all times you should expect a mixture -be prepared!
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