All Ten Tors participants are eligible for a 20% discount in Cotswold Camping at Darts Farm near Exeter. Please see Mr Dickson to collect a copy of the letter which you will need to show in the store to claim this discount.
You will need walking boots with a good quality leather or Goretex upper and a ‘vibram’ type sole. Dartmoor is very wet and it is worth investing in a good pair of boots and gaiters to avoid getting wet feet!
Socks are also important. Avoid cotton socks and get some wool socks that fit you.
Wear a base layer t shirt or long sleeve top made of a man made fibre. Please don’t wear cotton t-shirts as these do not ‘wick’ sweat away from the body and will make you feel cold as soon as you stop moving. These tops can be bought cheaply from most outdoor retailers.
Midlayer – Wear a light weight fleece and not a cotton sweatshirt. Once cotton gets wet it will stay wet.
Outer layer – a more substantial fleece or soft shell jacket.
Waterproofs – Must have taped seams and be made of a breathable fabric (e.g Event, Goretex, Aquafoil etc) A good quality waterproof jacket can make the difference between an enjoyable weekend and a wet and uncomfortable one.
Waterproof trousers – get some with leg zips so that they can go on over your boots without having to take them off.
Hats – (fleece or wool) and gloves (fleece or ski gloves)
45-50 litres in size. Avoid zips and internal compartments. Go for a simple robust design with compression straps and an adjustable lid.
We can lend you a rucksack so it would be better to buy good boots and a coat rather than a rucksack At this stage.
You will be camping in March, April and May on Dartmoor so will need a bag that you will be comfortable in even when there is a frost outside. Ten Tors rules state that the bag must be zero rated ie comfortable down to 0 degrees celcius, you will be asked to prove this before being allowed out on the even by the Army. Make sure that any bag you buy will fit into the rucksack that you are using and leaves plenty of room for all the rest of your clothing and equipment. Use a compression bag to help squash your sleeping bag.
Sleeping mats or thermarest’ style mats.
Not needed until the weekend camps but essential for keeping warm.
Cookers – Gas Trangias will be provided by the school.
Maps – provided by the school Dartmoor OL 1:25,000
Compass – a Silva compass with a 1:50,000 and a 1:25,000 roamer.
A your kit should be put into plastic bags and you should also use a heavy duty bin bag or rubble bag as a rucksack liner.
If you have medication this must be clearly labelled and stated on your EV5 form.