Ten Tors 2017

Congratulations to the Court Fields Ten Tors 2017 team who completed the 35 mile challenge in a very qDSCF0525uick time, arriving back at 10:53 on Sunday morning.

After a mass start from Okehampton Army camp at 7am on Saturday morning.  The team set a very fast pace, passing check points at High Willhays, Watern Tor, Fernworthy Forest, Sittaford Tor, Higher White Tor, Holming Beam, Little Mis Tor, White Barrow, Standon Farm before haDSCF0529ving to stop for the night and camp at Chat Tor.  After cooking an evening meal and getting some sleep the team were up early and on their way at 6am to Great Kneeset, Hound Tor and Cosdon Hill before turning for home and arriving back at the Okehampton Army Camp by 10:53 on Sunday morning to be met by Team managers Mr Greenfield, Mr Dickson and all their parents.

A very impressive effort – well done to everyone that participated in the training and the challenge itself.

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 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.