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Gearing up for the Ten Tors Challenge

Ten Tors Challengers
Ten Tors Challengers

Some of our intrepid students have been training for one of the most challenging events held solely for young people.
 
The annual Ten Tors Challenge takes place in May and sees four hundred teams of teenagers walk across the rough terrain of Dartmoor. Depending on their age, they face hikes of 35, 45 or 55 miles in under two days.
In their recent training day, our students walked 18 miles around the South Moors from Didworthy. “The training days at the moment are aimed at getting everyone to work together as a team and to practise their navigation skills whilst building on their fitness,” said The Spires College Ten Tors leader, Nathan Moore.

As well as learning navigation skills, the students had to cope with challenging weather.  “To be surrounded by snow was a surreal experience,” student Harry Lee.  His fellow walker Matt Hill agreed the snow made things a bit trickier. “The hardest bit was navigation in the dropping visibility and coming down off the hills in the snow,” he said.
 
The changing weather on the moors meant the teams had to work closely together.
 
“I was pleased with the group’s resilience to the elements,” said Nathan Moore. “The teams helped each other without guidance on the river crossings and sorting kit out in the wind and snow. The sixth formers really stepped in to help with the younger teams.”


 The final teams will be decided soon and give those selected the chance for more intense training leading up to the event.