TT Secretary's Notices

Fri 22 Jan 2021 — Hill Skills’ Providers – Special Offer

Following on from the 18 Dec 20 Ten Tors Notice regarding adding value to your Ten Tors training, Mountain Training England, the National Governing Body, is offering a special deal to Ten Tors by waiving the application fee to schools and groups and Team Staff.

A special form follows, which you might find easier to complete than the usual form. Mountain Training England’s Chief Executive, Guy Jarvis, explains that Hill Skills Tutors are required to hold a Mountain Training Hill and Moorland Leader (HML) qualification as a minimum. He did explore the recognition of the Summer Moorland Leader (SML) qualification with the UK Boards but this was not accepted for quality assurance reasons. Instead, he is offering a funded ‘exemption from training’ route whereby qualified SML holders may directly attend an HML assessment to gain this UK qualification at no cost.

Details of the requirements, process and Application Form can be found in the link here.

Applications must be submitted before 5 Feb 21.

 

Fri 15 Jan 2021 — One day Ten Tors Challenge - a summary of the contingency plan

Should we not be able to run the full Ten Tors Challenge because of Covid-19 restrictions, lack of training time and/or no camping being permitted, our last contingency plan before cancelling is to hold a limited Ten Tors Challenge (TTC) involving one day events, with a third of the teams taking part on Fri 7th, Sat 8th and Sun 9th May (the Jubilee Challenge would continue to be held on the Sat).

The TTC would aim to be inclusive for those travelling long distances or having limited training opportunities. In planning the routes, our aim has been to support the maximum number of participants to succeed, while maintaining our usual high standards of safety.

The TTC would take place on the north end of North Dartmoor starting and finishing at Okehampton Camp. All the controls would be Safety Controls and, for additional safety, be vehicle accessible. The 11 clockwise and 11 anticlockwise routes would be 32.5 km for the 35 milers, 37.5 km for the 45 milers, and 42.5km for the 55 milers; this may be reviewed, depending on situational changes.

The kit list may be reviewed to reflect the activity being undertaken, and details will be promulgated if required. We are currently reviewing the safety requirements for the proposed one day events, and will distribute the details as necessary.

The Ten Tors Rules requiring training on Dartmoor are being reviewed, to ensure that the training is safe and appropriate.

Allocation of routes would take place on the Mon preceding the TTC, (Mon 3rd May), to allow teams additional time for planning their routes and for Team Managers to check them, as well as conduct briefings.

It is anticipated that teams will need to arrive at OKC by 0630 hrs on the morning of their event, and the finish would close at 1900hrs (although it is expected that most teams would finish earlier); these proposed timings will need to be confirmed.

To shorten the Registration process, information required for the safe running of the one day TTC will be collected by, Control Cards/Wrist Bands/ Rule Cards printed by, and other documentation completed by Team Mangers, as part of online Pre-Registration; this will result in a rapid check of the teams starting and the issuing of trackers, before teams continue to the start.

The start will be spread in a wider area than usual, as will the finish and presentation, to provide required separation.

The Army are keen to provide participants with a worthwhile challenge in May. The detail of it will depend on many factors, so planning remains flexible to cope with the situation and will benefit from your views. If you have any questions or suggestions, please address them to the Ten Tors Secretary

 

Wed 13 Jan 2021 — A message from Lieutenant Colonel Dom Maxwell-Batten - Event Coordinator

Dear Team Managers,

I hope you are all keeping well in these challenging times.

I wanted to personally give you a brief update on the plans for Ten Tors 21, and thank you for your patience and understanding.

At this time, we do not know what the format of this year’s Event will be, but please be assured that I will give you any information I have regarding the format of the Event as soon as possible. The options being considered are a full two day Event with COVID-19 measures or a number of one day Events with no overnight camping for teams.

If the physical Event is cancelled, our aspiration is to support Establishment-organised activities as part of a virtual Event. Our priority is to ensure the safety of all those involved in the Event, and our aspiration continues to be to deliver as full an Event as we feel it is safe, legal and appropriate to do.

Thank you again for your perseverance in these uncertain times, and please be assured that I will update you again as soon as I am able to.

 

Wed 6 Jan 2021 — Payment date change

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we (the organisers’) have decided to delay payment again until further notice.

Rest assured, we are still working hard planning a safe event (in whatever format that maybe), if Government guidance permits it.

The moment any decisions have been made we will inform you as quickly as possible.

 

Sun 3 Jan 2021 — Payment date change

In light of the current COVID situation, payment has been delayed by a week and it will now open on the 11th January.

We don’t anticipate a decision on the type of event being run this year until the middle of January at the earliest.

 

Tue 29 Dec 2020 — Where's To?

This year's observational quiz for Ten Tors participants (Where’s To?) is now available under the Information tab (Forms & Cards).

It's available in 3 formats, Booklet, A4 and Interactive. To use the Interactive format, a PDF reader must be downloaded onto the device on which the quiz is being taken on.

Copies of the Where's To booklet will be printed and posted to all TMs with the maps in early 2021.

 

Fri 18 Dec 2020 — Some suggestions for adding value to the Ten Tors experience

The coronavirus pandemic has presented challenges to many aspects of our normal lives, nowhere more so than within outdoor activities. Ten Tors Challenges 2020 fell victim and was cancelled. Training for Ten Tors 2021 has been disrupted but contingency plans are in place to hold Ten Tors on 7-9 May, covid permitting. Whilst the vaccine offers a return to near-normality, the unpredictability causes concern. With this uncertainty, it would be all too easy to put Ten Tors training on hold. This would be a further setback for young people whose developmental opportunities have already been restricted.

Many Ten Tors Challenge participating establishments are continuing with training when possible and this is to be applauded. For others, the lack of a definite training objective and planning difficulties has been overwhelming.

In order to provide alternative, relevant, staged training objectives that are not fixed date dependent, Ten Tors establishments may wish to consider incorporating Mountain Training Hill Skills and National Navigation Award Scheme Navigator courses in their training programmes. These accredited courses offer opportunities to gain valuable knowledge and experience in outdoor skills and provide the foundation for a life-long habit of outdoor activity and enjoyment. Some Ten Tors Challenge establishments already use them and have found them beneficial and rewarding. The qualifications gained provide formal recognition of the training Team Managers already provide for Ten Tors trainees. The trainees are enthusiastic, and parents are also appreciative of the additional recognition. Receiving this training provides useful stepping stones to safe enjoyment of the outdoors and Mountain Training qualifications.

Mountain Training and NNAS courses can only be delivered by registered providers and whilst this is a minor administrative burden, it is worth the effort to secure the benefits. On the other hand, you may wish to employ a registered provider

The Hill Skills syllabus at https://www.mountain-training.org/personal-skills/hill-and-mountain-skills/hill-skills includes most of the essential Ten Tors skills that Team Managers are already delivering but with the added benefit of the achievement being recognised by Mountain Training, the National Governing Body. Registration to deliver Mountain Training Hill Skills courses is detailed at: https://www.mountain-training.org/england/new-provider-applications. Further information is available from Katherine@mountain-training.org. It should be noted that the application deadline is Mon 1 Feb 21 with an induction course, probably virtual, on Sat 6 Mar 21. There are also Approved Tutors within the South West if you wish to outsource the training.

The National Navigation Award Scheme offers training and qualifications at 3 levels, Bronze (the essentials), Silver (open country) and Gold (the pinnacle – able to read the landscape and navigate to subtle contour features). The syllabi are at The Awards - National Navigation Award Scheme (nnas.org.uk). Registration to deliver NNAS Navigator courses is detailed at: https://nnas.org.uk/course-provider/become-a-nnas-navigator-award-provider/. There are also many existing providers offering the courses in the West County. Contact details are at Find a Course - National Navigation Award Scheme (nnas.org.uk) .Further information is available from info@nnas.org.uk. There are no application or induction deadlines for NNAS registration. NNAS courses have been accredited by the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership (SCQF), rated at Bronze level 4, Silver 5 and Gold at level 6 with each award worth 2 points. These ratings are accepted by all the UK qualifications agencies, eg the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) at levels 1, 2, and 3, and by the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) at levels 2, 3 and 4.

 

Wed 2 Dec 2020 — General Sec Points

Below are a few points that I would like to share with you:

  • We the organisers recently held a TT Policy Committee meeting to update the Committee on the planning for TT21.
  • It’s the Event Director’s intent to run a two day event if at all possible, however, three one day events are still being planned for. There is also still a possibility that spectators may not be permitted, which will depend on the current guidance as we get closer to the Event.
  • In consultation with the TT Policy Committee, it is currently our intent that the cost of team entry for TT21 will remain as usual. This is because the cost to deliver the Event in 2021 will remain very similar, whatever the format of the Event.
  • We are not going to make a decision on the format of the Event until at least early next year due to the constant changing situation of COVID-19.
  • On the Team Managers’ Brief, I did mention that you would be receiving some Ten Tors maps and Green cards. Unfortunately, there has been a slight delay with the printing due to printing company not being an essential business. Once they are ready for posting I will email you all informing you that they are on their way. I will be posting them to the Team Manager address held on each dashboard, if this address is incorrect please logon and update it.
  • The Head of Establishment assurance form will be added onto your Dashboard shortly with instructions on how to electronically sign it.

 

Sat 24 Oct 2020 — DNPA Guidance for Ten Tors Training

The Dartmoor National Park Authority is not supporting Recreation Events of 50 or more walkers for the remainder of 2020. This also applies to individual Establishments Ten Tors training activities.

Smaller groups are allowed to enjoy walking on Dartmoor.

Individual Establishment should be training in accordance with the current COVID-19 rules and their risk/safety assessment.

We would be grateful that any Establishments training for Ten Tors should avoid popular areas and car parks, and avoid gathering in large groups prior to walks.

It is suggested that walkers should split up into smaller groups separated by time and space.

Rob Steemson, DNPA Community & Landscape Management Ranger – Ten Tors link officer.

 

Fri 23 Oct 2020 — First Aid qualification validity

In response to questions about the validity of first aid qualifications, Mountain Training (MT) and South West Moorland Leader Training Scheme (SWMLTS) are both taking HSE guidance to cover all relevant first aid courses such as the Outdoor (16 hour) First Aid Course. Therefore, in short, they are stating that anyone who has a first aid certificate that has expired has until the 31st March 2021 to renew.

MT have also explained the situation regarding first aid and Mountain Training qualifications’ validity. They require a relevant, valid first aid qualification to be held by candidates at the time of assessment in order to be awarded a leadership qualification. However, from this point onwards the responsibility to make a ‘first aids needs assessment’ lies with the employer/ deployer – and this is the law. This means that the employer/deployer should put in place the appropriate first aid cover for any particular event. Obviously, in order to be able to operate independently and remotely a leader will therefore need to hold a relevant first aid qualification. However, cover could be provided by other means such as by another qualified person in the party or separate cover – all depending on the employer/deployers’ assessment. Therefore, MT will not invalidate anyone’s leadership qualification just because their first aid has expired. For Ten Tors, the responsibility, in nearly all cases, lies with the Head of Establishment as it does for all safety during training.

You might also wish to look at the Resuscitation Council’s advice on adapting CPR for the possibility of the patient having Covid https://www.resus.org.uk/covid-19-resources/covid-19-resources-general-public/resuscitation-council-uk-statement-covid-19 . It’s simple; get help, place mask or cloth over patient’s nose and mouth, chest compressions only, use defibrillator if available.

 

Thu 15 Oct 2020 — Message from Lieutenant Colonel Dom Maxwell-Batten

Lieutenant Colonel Crispin d’Apice handing over the role of SO1 Ten Tors (Event Coordinator) to Lieutenant Colonel Dom Maxwell-Batten

A message from Lieutenant Colonel Dom Maxwell-Batten – Event Coordinator

I feel immensely proud and privileged to have been selected for the post of SO1 Ten Tors. Having grown up in Devon, I am acutely aware of how the Ten Tors challenge and the Jubilee Challenge have become a major part of the fabric of outdoor events for not only the Wessex region but far beyond.

I would like to thank Lieutenant Colonel Crispin d’Apice for all his hard work organising Ten Tors for the last 3 years, he has clearly made some improvements which I plan to carry on with. I would also like to take this opportunity in thanking Major Dave Pickering who has been Crispin’s right hand man ensuring every detail has been considered during the planning and running of the challenge and I wish them both well in their next military appointments. Crispin goes on to command the 6th Battalion, the RIFLES and Major Dave Pickering goes on to a crucial role with Headquarters South West.

Major Ruth Gilbert has taken on the vital role that Dave filled so diligently and many would have heard her speak on the recent Team Mangers Brief, we are both looking forward to meeting you all in the near future.

Next year’s event is likely to be like no other due to the current unprecedented pandemic situation. I assure you, the moment I have any information regarding the event I will let you know.

I’m honoured and humbled to take command of the milestone 60th event.

 

Wed 7 Oct 2020 — Team Managers' Brief - 10 Oct 20

You should all be aware by now that the Team Managers’ Brief is on the 10 Oct 20 starting at 0930hrs and will be delivered remotely via Microsoft Teams. You will be able to join the meeting from 0845hrs.

If you’re a Team Manager and you have not received an email from the Ten Tors Sec please email SWHQ-TenTors-MAILBOX@mod.gov.uk

 

Thu 3 Sep 2020 — Message from Colonel Neville Holmes MBE

A Message from Colonel Neville Holmes MBE – Director Ten Tors.

Welcome to Ten Tors 2021. The ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic remains at the front of all our minds and obviously the situation will continue to evolve. At present though we intend to resume our mission of enabling the young people of the South West to uniquely challenge themselves by holding the 60th Ten Tors Event in May 2021. Safety is always our highest priority in all aspects of Ten Tors and we will be instigating a number of measures to ensure that we go beyond mere ‘COVID compliance’ to deliver an Event that is as safe as it can be in all respects. More details will be published on this website, in briefings to Team Staff, and through other channels, however we will all have a part to play. To that end I would ask that all those involved in Ten Tors remain flexible, remain safe, and do all they can to help us in delivering a safe, challenging and memorable 60th Ten Tors.

For information on Ten Tors and COVID-19 please visit the dedicated COVID-19 tab.

 

Thu 3 Sep 2020 — Entries Submitted

Establishments are welcome to apply for places for Ten Tors 2021 from Fri 4 Sep 2020 to 2359 hrs Mon 28 Sep 2020.

 

Thu 3 Sep 2020 — TT21 Entry Fees

The entry fees for TT21 are:

  • Ten Tors Challenge - £180 per Team
  • Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge - £15 for each participant