Over the winter twenty of our students have been regularly training for the Ten Tors Challenge which will take place in May.
This year, the teams have had to face extreme weather conditions with frequent heavy rain, strong wind, sleet, mist and just the very occasional glimpse of blue sky. All students have been very determined and demonstrated the qualities required to take on the 35 and 45 mile expeditions.
During the Easter holidays, we had a dress rehearsal. Departing Postbridge early in the morning, the first days walk followed the eastern side of the moor, passing over Kes Tor, Oke Tor, High Willhays and into a camping spot just outside the Oakhampton Camp. Wild camping with just the sound of the fast flowing river for company was a good experience. Reveille was at 4.30am the next morning and, after cooking a hot breakfast and striking camp, the walkers set off to return across the middle of the moor. A demanding route eventually brought the groups to the edge of Fernworthy forest and then over Sittaford Tor and back into Postbridge for mid afternoon.
Students have to plan and then navigate their own route between tors whilst maintaining a brisk walking pace in order to complete the route in the time constraints.
We have been very impressed by how all students have worked together and have now established themselves into three strong teams ready to undertake a final training walk before the Ten Tors Challenge next month.