Ten Tors success

This weekend two Court Fields teams successfully completed the 35 mile Ten Tors challenge on Dartmoor.

Team A, consisting of Beth Griffin, Olly Morrell, Jack Selwood, Beth Garratt, Harry Radford and guest team member Codie Hounsell, completed the course by 12.11 on Sunday 8/5/16.

Team B consisting of Jai-Leigh Sears, Corey Perry-Jones, Sianne Chambers, Georgia McGrath, Josh Corby and guest team member Ben Spowart completed the course by 12.49.

For the second year in a row we were proud to have two teams who completed the challenge without anyone dropping out through injury or fatigue.  An excellent effort by all those who took part.

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Team A

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Team B

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We would like to thank all the parents who came to cheer the teams over the finishing line, this was greatly appreciated by the teams and staff.

 

Ten Tors kit list 2016

Ten Tors kit list

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Please read the advice given and make sure that your kit will pass scrutineering!

Please remember

  1. No cotton hoodies or sweatshirts
  2. No cotton base layers
  3. Waterproof must be good quality and have taped seams.
  4. Look at the weather forecast and expect everything from sunshine to snow!

Please pay attention to the suggested rucksack weight limit.

Ten Tors

Last weekend was the final practice for the Court Fields Ten Tors teams before the actual event  Dartmoor in May.  On the first day the teams walked into a remote wild country DSCF0134campsite on the northern part of the moor, put up their tents, cooked and planned their routes for the following day before having a well earned early night.

Heavy rain fell during the night and the temperatures fell to below zero which meant that we woke up to find ice on the outside of our tents.  As the teams ate breakfast there was also a snow shower!

The next day saw the teams heading south towards Great Mis Tor and their final destination of Postbridge.  Both teams walked well covering about 35km over the two days and are now looking forward to the actual event on 7th May.

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Ten Tors Training

On Saturday 7th November Mr Dickson and Mr Greenfield went for a hike on Dartmoor with a group of Yr10 students as part of their Ten Tors training.  The weather in the morning was very wet and everyone had to wear full waterproofs to protect themselves from the elements.  After practicing putting up tents in the relative shelter or Fernworthy forest the sun eventually came out and we were able to enjoy our sandwiches on the top of Kes Tor with views of Castle Drogo in the distance.

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Ten Tors Challenge 2015

Last weekend the two Court Fields teams took part in the 35 mile Ten Tors Challenge on Dartmoor. The Ten Tors is a huge event which attracts teams from schools and youth organisations from across the south west and this was the first time in fifteen years that Court Fields had entered a team.  Both of our teams did very well and completed the two day challenge in good times and most importantly, with all six of the team members getting to the finishing line together.  This was particularly impressive as some team members were suffering from terrible blisters that had to be treated by the Army medics.

Team B were the first team home arriving back at Okehampton army base at 13.01 followed by Team A at 14:30.  Mr Dickson and Mr Greenfield would also like to thank all the parents and friends that came to cheer our teams over the finishing line.

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Team A passing the Fernworthy checkpoint.

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Team A crossing the finishing line

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Team B approaching the finish

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Team B after crossing the finishing line

Ten Tors

On Friday 20th March our Ten Tors teams went to Dartmoor for their first taste of overnight camping and carrying a large rucksack.  The group set off at 3pm and arrived at their wild country campsite at 6.30.  Tents were quickly put up and cookers were soon on andTTors march15 producing a variety of tasty meals.  As the sun set the temperatures dropped quickly and cooking had to be finished by torch light.

After a cold night the group were up early but still had to cook breakfast, pack up all their equipment before setting off to do another 20km. The weather on the Saturday was excellent and both groups demonstrated some good navigation skills and are looking forward to the next camp in April.

Ten Tors update – overnight camps

We have been allocated two teams of six for the 35 mile route.  This means that everyone who has been on the training walks so far will get a place.  We need to recruit one more person and at least one reserve to get two teams of six so please ask your friends if they are interested.

The next training walks will be on

Friday 20/3 & Saturday 21/3

Friday 17/4 & Saturday 18/4.

We will leave school at lunchtime walk during the afternoon/early evening and camp on the moor.  The following day we will walk for the whole day before returning to Wellington.

Additional kit needed

We will be walking with a full rucksack and you will be carrying

Tents

Sleeping bag (please bear in mind that it will be very cold)

Sleeping mat

Cup, cutlery etc

Food for Friday night, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, snack and extra food for emergencies.

Remember we will be camping in March on Dartmoor and it will be cold at night.  We will need to see your sleeping bag and sleeping mat before we go out onto the moor.  If you don’t have a good quality sleeping bag now if a good time to buy one as lots of outdoor retailers are selling off 4 season bags to make way for their summer stock.  Go Outdoors, Taunton Leisure and Cotswold near Exeter are all good places to look.

 

Ten Tors

On Saturday 31st January the Ten Tors group went for a practice walk on the northern part of Dartmoor.  The group had to cope with a variety of weather conditions including sun, rain, sleet and even snow flurries!  All the students demonstrated improvements in their navigation skills and were able to walk for the whole day in testing conditions without complaint.

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The next part of the training programme will involve students walking longer distances and wild camping for two days whilst carrying all their food and equipment.

 

Ten Tors training dates

The planned training session on 6/12 as been postponed.  The new date is likely to be Saturday 13th December. For this walk you will need a large rucksack because we will be carrying tents and putting them up in remote camping spots.

Ten Tors kit list

Kit List

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.

Footwear

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.

Clothing

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)

Rucksack

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.

Sleeping bags

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.

Personal medication

If you have medication this must be clearly labelled and stated on your EV5 form.