Ten Tors Dartmoor

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On Saturday 19th November our Ten Tors team had their first practice walk for the event in 2017.  The weather was kind and the walk was completed in good time and we also avoided the torrential rains that struck the south west the following day,   We will be out again in December and January for day walks and then camping trips in April and May.

 

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.

Team A Fernworthy

Team A passing the Fernworthy checkpoint.

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Team A crossing the finishing line

TT CF Team B

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

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 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.

 

Ten Tors training day

On 23/10/14 Mr Dickson and Mr Greenfield took eleven students to Dartmoor for a wet and windy day of navigation practice for the Ten Tors event. At times the low cloud meant that visibility was less than 100 meters and this made navigating over the rough undulating terrain even more demanding!  We will be practicing again in November and if anyone else from Yr10 would like to join us please ask Mr Dickson for more details.

Ten Tors group

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