Ten Tors Challenge

TT Secretary's Notices

Mon 27 Nov 2017 — Get Your Ten Tors Pics for Christmas - order before the 18th December

Memories of a wonderful Ten Tors 2017

For anyone wanting to buy Ten Tors prints in time for Christmas - they should order before the 18th December please

The Ten Tors Challenge photos are here:

Ten Tors Photo Fit Pictures

And the Jubilee Challenge images are here:

Jubilee Challenge Photo-fit Pictures

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A reminder that the Outline Training Programme is to be submitted by Team Managers to the Ten Tors Mailbox by all Establishments by 31 Jan 18.

The Ten Tors Training On Dartmoor Programme is to be submitted to the Ten Tors Mailbox by the Wednesday preceding the training starting from 10 January for the weekend 13/14 January.

The forms are at http://www.tentors.org.uk/training/forms-cards-and-notices . The use of the programmes is described on the forms. Please complete the forms without changing the format and only send the part you have completed so that we can insert it straight into the master. In addition to your Estb Code and name, please include in the Subject ‘Outline Training Programme’ or ‘Dartmoor Training Programme’ as applicable.

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To address concerns for Dartmoor’s precious environment, some limitations have been agreed with the National Park Authority. Rob Steemson, who has been coordinating action, emphasises that while Ten Tors may contribute to wear and tear, it is only one of Dartmoor’s uses that can cause environmental damage.

A reminder of Ten Tors Rule 34 - Route Selection. To spread wear on the countryside whilst training, Team Managers are strongly encouraged to use areas other than Dartmoor, including both lowland and other local moorland areas, to select sites other than the tops of tors as checkpoints, and to make use of public rights of way. Care must be taken not to damage areas that are protected as Scheduled Monuments, Sites of Special Scientific Interest or Rare Bird Nesting Areas.

Nesting birds versus erosion. In selecting where you walk, it is preferable to stick to existing paths and tracks rather than to spread out, which is likely to disturb ground nesting birds.

Safety Controls and Checkpoints. The locations used for the Ten Tors Challenge get more wear than other areas. Please avoid them, particularly the moor end of the Fernworthy bridleway and Sittaford Tor.

Lane End. The frequently used route between the Lane End car park and the Nattor Down Leat bridge SX540825 becomes muddy after rain owing to seepage from the leat, exacerbated by storms, gorse channelling access and heavy use. The state of the area will be monitored and direction given if the other Leat bridges are to be used.

Postbridge Driftway. Thanks in part to your Donations for Dartmoor, considerable work has been completed to restore access to the Driftway, which is the bridleway between the west of the Postbridge Visitor Centre along the west bank of the East Dart and the gate at the beech hedge.

Hartyland Access Land. Although the field SX646792 is access land, to reduce wear, please stick to the public footpath that traverses the east and north edge rather than taking a diagonal line through the field.

Hartland Tor. Restoration work is being carried out on Hartland Tor’s water eroded paths. Please follow the direction given by the signs, which will keep you to the east of the Tor. Alternatively, make use of the Higher Merripit – Stannon track, which we have the farmer’s agreement to use.

Water Hill. To give the worn tracks time to recover, the area depicted below is not to be used for Ten Tors training. However, having rested the area, Water Hill will be available for use as a checkpoint for the Challenge.

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Tue 14 Nov 2017 — PAYMENTS

To enable Team Managers to plan, here is forewarning of the key points on Ten Tors 2018 payments.

The entry fees will be same as last year; £165 for TTC per team and £12.75 per individual for JC.

The payment site will open in Your Dashboard on 3 Jan 18 and close at 2359hrs 31 Jan 18.

As requested by TMs, ‘Invoice’ will appear on the request for payment, which will also be printable.

£1 per participant for Donate for Dartmoor will be included in the Invoice and can be adjusted down or, preferably, up by the TM.

Payments should be made by Paypal with BACs only being used (with Estb Code and Name as a reference eg TT1111StT) if this is impossible. Cheques can no longer be accepted.

Successful payments will be indicated on the Team Lists.

Late payment will result in the entry being rejected.

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Tue 14 Nov 2017 — TEN TORS ENTRIES

After a long slog, nearly all entries have been accepted or dealt with. However, if your entry is recorded incorrectly on the Website’s TTC or JC Team List or it is in a query column or marked with a letter in the Notes column, The Team Manager needs to e mail SWHQ-TenTors-MAILBOX@mod.uk immediately (not forgetting to put your Estb Code and Estb Name in the subject) if we are not already sorting the problem out. The entry process has taken far too long this year and we must improve it, as it has prevented other essential work from being completed.

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The breeding areas plots of birds that are rare on Dartmoor (Golden Plover, Dunlin and Ring Ouzels) that we have agreed not to use for Ten Tors training from 1 March 2018 and for the Challenges, are now available at http://www.dartmoor.gov.uk/learning/teachers-educators/ten-tors . These Rare Bird Nesting Areas (RBNA) also provide a breeding sanctuary for more common species, such as Skylarks and Wheatears. To assist in copying the areas onto your maps, they print out at 1:25,000 providing you don’t use ‘fit to page’. Some Team Managers have suggested printing the outlines onto light card and then cutting out the shapes to use as a template to draw around using the eastings and northings to locate the shape on the map. Also available on the same page of the National Park’s website are .gpx files that will download the outlines and the crossing routes onto various mapping products.

Please note that Ten Tors Rule 37.3 states Rare Bird Nesting Areas (RBNAs). Walkers using Dartmoor are to have current RBNAs marked on their maps. No intrusions into the RBNAs are permissible during the nesting season (1 March – 15 July). If an emergency necessitates crossing an RBNA, use existing paths and tracks, and do not linger, picnic or camp.

Although the RBNA restrictions are only between 1 March and 15 July, it is sensible to get used to them in February. And do make sure that you amend the RBNA shown on the Dartmoor Training Area map as they are out of date.

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Thank you to the presenters and for the contributions made by the Team Managers or their representatives. It was a useful day of passing on information, exchanging ideas and greeting friends. We should all now be set to start training in preparation for the Challenges.

The presentations made during the Briefing are now available on the Ten Tors website at Ten Tors Briefing so that they can be used for passing on knowledge to the Team Staff and participants.

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A warm welcome awaits Team Managers or their representatives to the Briefing on 14 Oct 17. If TMs haven’t already read the 27 September Notice please do so to make sure you and your Establishment are compliant and have the correct paperwork. Please take particular note that £5 cash is required, that the Head of Establishment’s Certificate must be signed in ink by the Head; and that attendance is mandatory so that your establishment can be briefed on changes and safety. Please print off your vehicle pass from Training/Forms, Cards and Notices and display it on the driver’s side of your windscreen and, as an additional check, please carry photo iD. If you still have entry queries, please arrive early to resolve them with the Selectors. Reception starts at 0900 and the briefing at 0945 as shown in the programme, also in Forms, Cards and Notices. We are looking forward to greeting you for an interesting day of briefing, feedback, meeting friends and swopping ideas.

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Mon 2 Oct 2017 — NEW "Training for Ten Tors" long sleeve wicking T shirts

We have produced some new Long Sleeve wicking T shirts for Ten Tors that say "Training for Ten Tors" on the sleeve. These will be available to buy at the Team Managers' briefing on 14 Oct 17.

They will be £13 each and we will only accept cash/cheques on the day hence advertising it beforehand.
We also have 50 more 2017 Date Bars for sale at £2 each

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The Selectors met on Thursday 29 Sep 17, to consider the entries made, verify eligibility, and allocate individuals & teams to the available places. Many Team Managers (TMs) complied with the Application Notice, providing the required information but 41% did not. This resulted in considerable additional work for the Selectors and requires follow up action by some TMs.

All of the Jubilee Challenge (JC) individuals and teams have been accepted. No further action is required from the Jubilee Challenge TMs, until they or their representative attend the Briefing on 14 Oct 17.

Similarly we look forward to seeing Ten Tors Challenge (TTC) TMs on 14 Oct 17. Those TMs of Establishments with codes in the right hand column need to take urgent action in order to qualify and be allocated teams that are in the ‘?’ Column. Actions required are:

If insufficient qualified walking leaders were nominated , in most cases 45m and 55m teams have been moved to the ‘?’ column. However, if you are unable to identify sufficient qualified walking leaders, you are to inform the TT Sec which distance you would like to retain for your qualified leader.

D The name of the TM has been duplicated in the Group Leaders’ section of the entry, which prevented the computer programme from calculating the ratio of qualified TM + GL to teams applied for. Please remove the TMs details from the GL’s page of the data submitted through Your Dashboard.

N Establishment Name: Maximum of 30 characters. Use lower case with, where applicable, the first letter of each word in capitals. To assist indexing do not include ‘The’ as first word.

PI Potential Infringement during TTC 17. Please e mail the final few responses still awaited.

Q Qualifications: The minimum qualifications are in the Responsibilities and Competence section of the Guidance Booklet. The sum of the qualified Team Managers and Group Leaders must be equal to or exceed the number of teams applied for. In some cases, insufficient qualified TMs and GLs were nominated in the entry. In other cases, nominated persons did not have acceptable qualifications listed. For TTC, acceptable qualifications on the drop down list are: ‘MT Mountain Leader Summer or Winter’; ‘MT Hill and Moorland (previously Walking Group Leader’; ‘SWMMLTS Walking Group Leader Summer or Winter’, which is now the SWMMLTS Moorland Walking Leader; JSAT JSMEL, MLS or MLT. If relevant, please also select ‘MT Expedition Skills, previously WGL camping endorsement’ and ‘SWMMLTS Summer Camping Leader’ to indicate experience. Scout qualifications are only acceptable from Scout Establishments.

2 Named by more than one Establishment. This is acceptable for TMs managing more than one Establishment. However, the qualified TM can only count towards one team.

Cotham School You have two entries, Please explain.

Writhlington School CCF and School. Please ensure that you have sufficient qualified walking leaders with different TM/GL for each Establishment.

Up to only 2 teams per distance per Establishment have been allocated or queried. If the TM wants to keep a 3rd as a Reserve, please let the TT Sec know.

Not marked are Establishments that only seem to have one mobile phone with all the GLs sharing it. Please amend.

Please check the details that have been submitted to the database and correct them. It is the TM’s responsibility and should not be delegated.

If a TM doesn’t understand the problem indicated, email SWHQ-TenTors-MAILBOX@mod.uk with your Estb Code and Name in the Subject. Similarly, once the issue has been corrected, please email, if possible before Thu 12 Oct 17, when the Selectors will re-examine the outstanding issues. Hopefully you will be able to solve all the issues before the Team Managers Briefing on 14 Oct 17. If not, the Selectors will be able to advise you before the Briefing starts.

Ten Tors Challenge Teams

Jubilee Challenge Individuals & Teams

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