UK: 2,400+ teens complete annual 2-day Ten Tors Challenge/Jubilee Challenge across Dartmoor – 120513 1700z

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Good luck to all those taking part in this years event. –

Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team Ashburton:

Its the 53rd Ten Tors (#TenTors) challenge this weekend. 2400 teenagers aged between 14 and 19 in teams of 6 will walk a route of Ten Tors over a distance of 35, 45, or 55 miles staring at 7am on Saturday morning and finishing by 5pm on the Sunday. There are also a further 300 youngsters with physical or educational needs taking part in the Jubilee Challenge that takes place on the Saturday. Theyve been training hard and we wish all participants the very best of luck.

Its a fabulous event with a lot of hard work by the army and other organisations, including us, who help to make it happen and run smoothly.

Our volunteers look forward to it every year and will be camping out on the moor for the duration providing assistance for any participants who need our specialist help.

Our blog has some articles and videos to give you an idea of what we get involved with.

You can keep up to date with the event and the progress of the teams on their respective routes via the event website.

Calling the emergency services from a mobile phone (Advice from Dartmoor Rescue)

The short video gives important information about dialing the emergency services from a mobile phone in the event of an accident. It answers important questions such as:

  • whats the difference between 999 and 112?
  • How can you call when your mobile phone is showing no signal?
  • Or if somebody in your party is unconscious and theirs is the only mobile, how can you bypass the phone security to make that important call and potentially save their life?

All this and more is explained simply and clearly.

So be prepared and watch the video as it could save the life or a family member of friend.

Help Me The Secrets of using 112 on a mobile phone in an emergency/accident

You need to register your mobile phone before being able to alert the emergency services, including mountain and cave rescue, via SMS text message. This is best donebeforeyou need help. You can register by sending an SMS text message from your mobile phone as follows:

(Goaty: Suggest better to register with 112 rather than 999 why? see video, but why not both)

sms999.001 - Version 2

More information can be found at the following website: Mountain/Moorland Advice from Mountain Rescue England & Wales:

Mountains and moorlands can be treacherous places without proper care and there are many, many ways to enjoy the mountain environment, be it walking, climbing, running, cycling or skiing. Theres no subsititute for experience, but there are steps you can take to minimise the chances of getting lost or hurt.

Prepare and plan

  • Develop the mountain skills you need to judge potential hazard, including the ability to read a map.
  • Think about the equipment, experience, capabilities and enthusiasm of your party members, taking into account the time of year, the terrain and the nature of the trip and choose your routes accordingly.
  • Learn the basic principles of first aid airway, breathing, circulation and the recovery position. It could make the difference between life and death.

Wear suitable clothing and footwear

  • Wear suitable footwear with a treaded sole, and which provides support for ankles.
  • Clothing should be colourful, warm, windproof and waterproof and always carry spare, including hat and gloves (even in summer the tops and open moorland can still be bitingly cold, and its always colder the higher you climb).

Carry food and drink

  • Take ample food and drink for each member of the party. High energy food such as chocolate and dried fruit are ideal for a quick hit.
  • In cold, wet weather a warm drink is advisable, and always carry water even in cool weather its easy to become dehydrated.
  • Of course, large quantities of water can weight heavy in the rucksack, so take a smaller water bottle and top up when you can streams on hills are drinkable if fast-running over stony beds.

and the right equipment

  • A map and compass are essential kit and should be easily accessible not buried in the rucksack!
  • A mobile phone and GPS are useful tools but dont rely on your mobile to get you out of trouble in may areas of the mountains there is no signal coverage.
  • Take a whistle and learn the signal for rescue. Six good long blasts. Stop for one minute. Repeat. Carry on the whistle blasts until someone reaches you and dont stop because youve heard a reply rescuers may be using your blasts as a direction finder.
  • A torch (plus spare batteries and bulbs) is a must. Use it for signalling in the same pattern as for whistle blasts.
  • At least one reliable watch in the party.
  • Cllimbers and mountain bikers should wear a helmet. In winter conditions, an ice-axe, crampons and survival bag are essential.
  • Emergency survival kit comprising spare clothing and a bivvi bag.

Before you set out

  • Charge your phone battery! Many accidents occur towards the end of the day when both you and your phone may be low on energy.
  • Check the weather forecast and local conditions. Mountains can be major undertakings and, in the winter months, night falls early.
  • Eat well before you start out.
  • Leave your route plan including start and finish points, estimated time of return and contact details with an appropriate party.

On the hill

  • Keep an eye on the weather and be prepared to turn back if conditions turn against you, even if this upsets a long planned adventure.
  • Make sure party leaders are experienced. Keep together, allow the slowest member of the party to determine the pace, and take special care of the youngest and weakest in dangerous places.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia, particularly in bad weather disorientation, shivering, tiredness, pale complexion and loss of circulation in hands or toes, discarding of vital clothing. Children and older people are especially susceptible.
  • If you prefer to go alone, be aware of the additional risk. Let people know your route before you start, stick to it as far as you can and notify them of any changes.
  • If you think you need mountain rescue, get a message to the Police (999/112) as soon as possible and keep injured/exhausted people safe and warm until help reaches you.

Dangers you can avoid

  • Precipices and unstable boulder.
  • Slopes of ice or steep snow, and snow cornices on ridges or gully tops.
  • Very steep grass slopes, especially if frozen or wet.
  • Gullies, gorges and stream beds, and streams in spate.
  • Exceeding your experience and abilities and loss of concentration.

Dangers you need to monitor

  • Weather changes mist gale, rain and snow may be sudden and more extreme than forecast.
  • Ice on path (know how to use an ice-axe and crampons).
  • Excessive cold or heat (dress appropriately and carry spare clothing!).
  • Exhaustion (know the signs, rest and keep warm).
  • Passage of time especially true when under pressure allow extra time in winter or night time conditions.

Check out the new Safe in the Hills website pioneered by the Kirkby Stephen MRT, for more information about how you can keep safe whilst walking in the hills.

More about Ten Tors from

Look after your feet, you dont want this sort of fun..

How to take care of your feet when hiking. The key recommendations are:

  • Choose the right hiking boots
  • Trim your toenails
  • Soften any tough skin (which are subject to hard to treat deep blisters)
  • Rest feet when walking

Avoiding and treating foot blisters for hikers, as well as giving some useful advice on how to treat blisters, highlights the importance of changing your (decent walking) socks when they get wet

  1. Make sure you have a decent pair of boots
  2. Take plenty of decent hiking socks
  3. Change your socks when they get damp (if you do this as early as possible you have a fighting chance to dry them in your sleeping bag)
  4. Regularly let your feet rest and breath
  5. Regularly apply talc to your feet
  6. If it is raining or very damp, wear gaiters to stop water getting into your boots

Do this and your feet, the most important hiking equipment you have, will thank you!

(Stolen from

Friday 1oth 1530BST:

High above Okehampton camp, Dartmoor the Police helicopter hovered, a birds eye view of teams starting to arrive and setting up

(Photo: @DCP_Helicopter) Okehampton camp, Dartmoor 10 May 2013

Antony Astbury, Deputy Chief Forecaster at the Met Office said yesterday: Its an unsettled picture for Dartmoor this weekend. For the Ten Tors participants the main feature will be the strong winds which will make it feel very cold. During the day on Sunday visibility will be reduced as cloud lowers over the hills

The latest forecast for Dartmoor can be found on the Met Office events page.

Latest BBC Weather forecast here:

Latest news can be found on the Event website. and (WAP)

Ten Tors Facebook page

Copied from the event website:

Fri 10-May-2013 at 14:39:44 Updated:
The camp-site is a hive of activity now. The tent-pegs are being hammered in-deep and the guy-ropes are essential against the blustery and strong wind. Although the weather forecast is for rain this evening, there is a greatsense of anticipation and the teams pass through scrutineering in their team colours.
Fri 10-May-2013 at 12:59:54 Updated:

Weather report: its blustery and overcast here at Okehampton Camp, but so far the predicted rain hasnt arrived its due this evening and overnight we could be in for a damp start tomorrowMany organisations are involved, but these are the SAR related ones:

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary work closely with the Ten Tors organisers throughout the training period and the Event. Anyone who has been lost or injured on Dartmoor will tell you of their expert coordination of rescue from Dartmoors wild country.

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Group provides twelve teams based around the Moor and controlled from Okehampton Camp during the Event; their first-hand knowledge of the Moor is a crucial part of the Ten Tors safety-net.

British Red Cross works with the Army Medical Service to provide medical cover for the participants in the Challenges, supporters and spectators. Their volunteers man the first aid point in Okehampton Camp and are ready to assess, treat and evacuate casualties. 50 volunteers are providing first aid cover

Devon and Cornwall 44 Response we never close & we always respond. The volunteers provide over thirty 44 vehicles with drivers to carry the EUOTC, Scrutineers and DRG teams together with Army fall out units for transporting participants who need to leave the route early. Snow, floods and difficult tracks are where we usually operate and in recent years our members covered over 10,000 miles carrying police, nurses, doctors, carers, and essential medical supplies.

Good luck to everyone taking part!

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Goatys News May 10, 2013 at 19:25 (Edit)

10 May 2013 2020BST: Check out Jerseys upgraded doppler radar, which covers Dartmoor:

Goatys News May 10, 2013 at 20:14 (Edit)

10 May 2013 2110BST: Latest update on event website:

Fri 10-May-2013 at 19:21:17 Updated:

From the Ten Tors controllers: The event is proceeding given the assessment of the weather. We are expecting overnight rain to continue into the morning if you plan to attend the start of Ten Tors or Jubilee Challenge please wear waterproofs!

Updates will continue but the timestamp on the front page will not change overnight in preparation for the start of Ten Tors 2013 at 07:00 tomorrow. Well be here to say farewell and good luck to the four hundred Teams and to get a few photos. We wish them well!!

Update 11 May 2013 1050 BST:

Latest updates copied from

Sat 11-May-2013 at 06:39:32 Updated:

Good Morning World Welcome to Ten Tors 2013!

After a very short night the 400 Teams are wide awake(!), breakfasted, kitted up and beginning to make their way to their assembly points at Anthony Stile for the start of Ten Tors 2013 thats exactly where were heading, to get some photos of them setting off on their journey!

Every Team will have trained throughout the winter and early spring, building up their endurance, and their knowledge of the moor for this one weekend. Each individual will carry wet and dry weather changes of kit, a sleeping bag, roll mat, food for two days, two litres of water, a map and compass As a Team of six they will carry between them at least two tents, two stoves, cooking gear and two first aid kits Armed with this they are about to take on Dartmoor, and whatever weather it might choose to bless them with over the next thirty-six hours.

This is Ten Tors weekend. Theyre ready!

Sat 11-May-2013 at 07:59:22 Updated:

It was a wet start for all the teams this morning but spirits were high as the teams set off. Despite the weather a big crowd cheered them on their way. Compass skills will be important as the teams head for their first tors because the cloud is low making visibility poor. This is when all that training comes into its own. Some teams should start to reach their first tors from 8 oclock but much depends on the route they are on. Photos of the start will be posted shortly.

(Photo: ArmyMediaCommSW ‏@ArmyMediaCommSW 11 May) And they’re off! 393 Ten Tors teams take to the hills watched over by the Army-led multi-agency Ten Tors Ops Room

Sat 11-May-2013 at 08:29:25 Updated:

Some teams have now reached their first tor so if you want to follow their progress the following will be helpful How to Find Your Team a quick guide to Team Codes: The best place to start is the all the Teams page. This has every Team listed in alphabetic order, so finding the one(s) youre interested in should be straightforward. This site doesnt have access to the names of team members, so Im afraid we cant help there. The all Teams list has, at the start of each line, the Teams unique identifier throughout the Event (this is the entry in the Code column and is completely different from the three-character identifier they used during training consisting of one alphabetic and four numeric characters, eg C0312) each Team member literally wears these numbers for two days click on the alphabetic character to see the Route card which will detail the Teams times at each of their Tor checkpoints as the weekend progresses. If youll be using the Team Status tracking page to follow your Team across the Moor, this code will save you typing their full name. The web site is now in full Event mode the Route cards are also accessible from The Routes link on the index frame opposite; click there, select the distance your Team is walking, then your Teams alphabetic Route letter (A to Z). The Route cards, together with the all Teams and Team Update lists will be updated every ten minutes or so throughout the weekend, and theyre all time-stamped so youll know how recently they were updated but bear in mind that even on the shorter 35-mile routes theres on average 5 Km between Tor checkpoints, and on Dartmoor that could take a couple of hours to walk If youll be using your mobile phone, the data there will be derived as you request it from the All Teams page youll get the latest information available.

(Photo: ArmyMediaCommSW @ArmyMediaCommSW/Andy Reddy ) The teenagers were in teams of six and trekked up to 55 miles (89km)

The View From Here: Ten Tors, One Spirit

(Video credit: James Littlejohns)

Published on 3 May 2013

Westcountry TV documentary following 4 Ten Tors teams. Circa 1998/1999.

Hundreds of teenagers start Dartmoors Ten Tors Challenge


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More than 2,400 teenagers have set off on the annual two-day Ten Tors Challenge across Dartmoor.

The event involves young people aged between 14 and 19, in teams of six, trekking up to 55 miles (89km).

Camping overnight, the teams complete the challenge without adult guidance and set off at 07:00 BST.

Organisers said the teenagers would arrive back at base from 09:00 BST on Sunday.

Almost 300 youngsters with special physical or educational needs will also take part in the Jubilee Challenge, completing routes of up to 15 miles (24km).

Troops involved in the event include members of the Army, the Territorial Army and the Royal Navy.

The majority of the teams who enter are from schools and youth groups from across the south-west of England.

Update 12 May 2013 1050 BST:

Dartmoor’s Ten Tors: Teenagers complete challenge


Teenagers starting the challenge Hundreds of teenagers started the challenge on Saturday morning

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Teenagers taking part in the annual two-day Ten Tors challenge across Dartmoor in Devon have started to cross the finish line.

The event involves young people aged between 14 and 19, in teams of six, trekking up to 55 miles (89km).

Camping overnight, the teams complete the challenge without adult guidance.

The first team to cross the finish line at about 09:30 BST was the Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School for Boys, from Bristol.

Msg from Dir Ten Tors Brigadier Piers Hankinson. ‘Soundbite’ here:

(Photo: ArmyMediaCommSW @ArmyMediaCommSW/Andy Reddy ) The first team to cross the finish line at about 09:30 BST was the Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School for Boys, from Bristol.

Troops involved in the event include members of the Army, the Territorial Army and the Royal Navy.

More than 2,400 teenagers are taking part in the challenge, with the majority from schools and youth groups in the south-west of England.


(Photo: ArmyMediaCommSW @ArmyMediaCommSW ) @RoyalNavy Lynx Mark 8 from 815 Naval Air Sqdn

Commando Helicopter Force Sea King (yes, it is Lynx above) Pilot from RNAS Yeovilton on working @ Army ‘soundbite’:
The first Team was spotted walking down the final slope to the Finish at 09:34:37

The Director of Ten Tors wishes to clarify the situation regarding the delays experienced by some teams yesterday.

As the weather deteriorated over the moor during the course of the morning, there was a noticeable rise in river levels which, in places, became potentially dangerous. This situation was particularly evident on the crossing points over the Amicombe Brook, East Dart River and Sandy Hole Pass.

Therefore, the Dartmoor Rescue Group on site made a decision to offer teams an alternative, less hazardous route which involved a 4km detour. Delays were also experienced due to the congestion which then built up at these crossing points. This decision was a pragmatic suggestion by DRG leaving team leaders to decide on their choice of route. As it was not directed in advance by the Ten Tors Committee, no time allowances will be made. As much as the Ten Tors Director would like to keep the challenge open for longer, the context of the delay represents part of the challenge. Consideration must also be given to the deteriorating weather conditions expected later today and the safety implications this may bring. Here’s a ‘soundbite’ from the Director via the Army:

Chairman explains working with the at and the vital role they play. ‘Soundbite’ here:

Due the weather car parking was reduced at Okehampton Camp.

(Photo: ArmyMediaCommSW ‏@ArmyMediaCommSW) Army working hard to manage traffic in & out of muddy car parks at Okehampton Camp. Devon 4×4 & Reservists helping supporters

(Photo: ArmyMediaCommSW ‏@ArmyMediaCommSW) @BritishArmy Reservists help free Ten Tors spectators from car parks at Okehampton Camp. Thanks for your patience

About an hour ago BBC’s Matt Woodley ‏tweeted that there was a queue for ten tors supporters picking up down station road, through Okehampton town centre and backed up Exeter Rd towards the A30. He estimated 2 miles.

About 1340 BST The Army said that 89 of 393 teams which started have now finished. There were 411 fall outs.

Dartmoor’s Ten Tors: Teenagers complete challenge


(Photo: BBC News)

Teenagers taking part in the annual two-day Ten Tors challenge across Dartmoor in Devon have crossed the finish line.

The event involves young people aged between 14 and 19, in teams of six, trekking up to 55 miles (89km).

Camping overnight, the teams complete the challenge without adult guidance.

The first team to cross the finish line at about 09:30 BST was the Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School for Boys, from Bristol.

BlistersHector Leach-Clay, 16, who was the leader of the team, said: “It feels absolutely incredible. I feel very, very sore but very, very happy.

“My feet are the worst. I think I must have at least eight or nine blisters.

“It was really, really hard, especially at the beginning of the first tor in driving rain – persistent for about two hours with the side winds – it was awful.”

Fen Eastaugh, from Devon, was a member of Dartmoor Plodders, the first all-girls team to finish.

‘Tough conditions’The 15-year-old, who walked a 35-mile route, said: “I cannot even explain the emotions that you go through.

“There’s happiness and then you want to cry…there’s everything, it’s amazing.

“To be the first girl team…that’s what I was aiming for yesterday but I am so glad we did it, it’s just incredible.”

Brigadier Piers Hankinson, director of Ten Tors, said: “It’s been really tough conditions this year.

“A lot of teams got disorientated early on.

“It’s not a race, it’s a challenge and the conditions out there have been very challenging.”

Event organisers said more than 400 teenagers had dropped out of the event after starting on Saturday.

Troops involved in the challenge include members of the Army, the Territorial Army and the Royal Navy.

More than 2,400 teenagers took part in the challenge, with the majority from schools and youth groups in the south-west of England.


109 of 393 teams have now made it safely back to Okehampton camp (2 hrs ago) – Army

1736 BST: Total fallouts 526. Well done to everyone. Very hard conditions for past few hours. – Army 


5 thoughts on “UK: 2,400+ teens complete annual 2-day Ten Tors Challenge/Jubilee Challenge across Dartmoor – 120513 1700z

  1. 10 May 2013: Approx 1930BST Rob Burton ‏(@Trebornotrub) tweeted: “Just drove through torrential rain across #Dartmoor. Hope it gets better for the #tentors kids #Okehampton #adventure #devon”


  2. Dartmoor Rescue (@Dartmoor_SRTA) returned two 35m teams to Sittaford after getting to a River crossing & deciding not to cross. All teams accounted for, Dartmoor Rescue teams back at their camp and stood down for the night


  3. Event website: Sun 12-May-2013 at 16:14:07 – Updated:
    We now have fog to add to the fun for the teams! However so far 212 teams have made it back to Okehampton Camp. Brilliant effort guys!


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