TEN TORS 2022 UPDATE!
19 hardy students headed off to North Dartmoor last weekend for our final Dartmoor Expedition before the big event. We camped out at East Okement Farm, Okehampton on Friday night under another glorious starry sky.
Groups were up, breakfasted (cooked on their own stoves) and ready to hike by 0700 and set off unsupervised onto the crisp and beautiful barren terrain of Dartmoor. The groups successfully navigated through Saturday (tors, tussocks, valleys, hills and marsh), and aside from a student falling in a bog, it was a productive and successful day. They hiked over 23 miles with their large heavy packs and were in good spirits when the sleet started to come in at around 1930, and we decided it was time to set up camp.
Sunday morning at 0500 was ridiculously cold (around -6 C), their gas stoves wouldn't light, tents had frost on the inside and outside, and some tent poles were frozen together making it temporarily impossible to decamp. However, students eventually got hiking at around 0830 and then enjoyed a day of gorgeous sunshine. One student recovered well after losing her footing and falling into a shallow brook, but had followed guidance and waterproofed her bag and was therefore able to get changed into her dry spare clothes and continue her hike. They all finally stopped their hikes at around 1700 on Sunday, having hiked around 40 miles over the weekend.
It was a great weekend, and we certainly have some strong hikers on our teams this year. I'm starting to get excited about the Ten Tors Event on the 7th May.
As usual, huge thanks to Shaun White, Iain Richards, Jazzy Smith, Mr Lord and Mrs Brooks for all their assistance with our expedition.
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