Last Saturday, 17 third and fourth year students trained for a place in the 35 mile ten tors team. The expedition went up to Bodmin Moor for their navigation and emergency procedures exercise.
Based at the school outdoor hut in Minions, from there they ventured out onto the moor in smaller groups. The conditions on the moor was beautiful with bright blue sky and a warming sun even though temperatures were close to 0°C. There were still small patches of snow in the north facing shadows and students were extremely fascinated by the ice that had developed over marshes!
Each group was taken around Craddock Moor by a staff member and taught the finer aspects of navigation; from taking a bearing and counting their paces over 100m to ‘aiming off’ and ‘attack points’, all useful techniques to use when they go up to Dartmoor at the end of the month. The weekends training was a chance for each team member to gain experience of walking the moorland terrain and discovering if their equipment was up to the rigours of the elements.
Mike Cucknell, Outdoor Pursuits and Activities Coordinator said:
The teams are starting to gel and work together nicely and I feel everyone is really getting into the ethos of the challenge and enjoying our time each weekend. A big thank you to Mr Flowers and Mr Morgan Lundie for their continued help during this years’ training.