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Ten Tors & Duke of Edinburgh

Unexpected snow on Dartmoor - but it fails to slow down our determined participants!

Dartmoor is known for its unpredictable weather, and our participants have endured some tough conditions already in their training, but even so, the heavy snow during our Ten Tors/DofE training session on 31 January took us by surprise!

The forecast in that part of the moor was for rain all day; with the cold temperatures, we were ready for the possibility of a little snow, but we hadn’t been on the move for long before thick, fluffy flakes started to fall. Within half an hour of setting off, the ground was thoroughly covered, and the snow continued to fall steadily.

Our determined participants coped extremely well, and set a very strong pace from the outset, which they maintained all the way around. For safety reasons, we modified and shortened the planned route so that we were only out for a few hours: even with Dartmoor’s erratic weather, it’s not likely that the Ten Tors event in May will take place in a blizzard! However, it does demonstrate how well equipped the groups are for the conditions of Dartmoor, which is thanks to the active support of the parents and carers of the young people involved.

Our next day walk will be 1 March, and after that we start with the camp training (please note that the date of the first camp has now changed and will take place on 21/22 March 2015).

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the adult volunteers who regularly give up their own time to help out with the training (staff volunteers Inge Kroon and Conrad Stephens, parent volunteer Alan Fraser-Smith, and ex-student Jon Salmon). Without their assistance, we wouldn’t be able to run these events.