What is the 10 Tors Challenge?

August 20, 2021 4:26 pm

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If you are into hiking or enjoy spending lots of time outdoors you will probably have heard of the 10 Tors Challenge. It is also sometimes viewed as the natural progression for those who have already completed the Duke of Edinburgh Award. For those of you that haven’t heard of this, here are some quick facts you might like to know about.

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  • It is an annual event that takes place in May each year.
  • The 10 Tors refers to the locations found across Dartmoor
  • Teams are made up of 6 people.
  • The first ten tors event took place back in 1960 and was held in September. There were 200 young people who took part on this day.
  • Entrants could take part from all over the world, but due to increasing numbers of people wanting to take part, since 2012 the event has only been open to people from South West England. This was introduced to help keep the event safe and to reduce the damage that could be done to the Tors with large numbers of people visiting over the same time period.

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Those who take part are given suggested equipment lists that include safety equipment, clothing, rations, camping and sleeping items. These include a torch, compass, water, sleeping bag, layers of clothing and much more. When it comes to thinking of the different insulated layers that you want to take with you, you could look at Aran Sweaters like those from Shamrock Gift for you top layer underneath your hiking jacket.