Ten Tors Challenge

Ten Tors Rules

ORGANISATION AND RESPONSIBILITIES As at 31 Aug 17 and amended 8 Nov 17


1. Director. The Ten Tors Rules are published by the Commander South West who is the Director Ten Tors . He is responsible for all aspects of the Ten Tors Event including the Ten Tors Challenge and the Jubilee Challenge. The Organisers are led by Headquarters South West (HQ SW) and consist of military units and individuals, contracted service providers and volunteers. During the Event, the Director may disqualify any team or individual for any infringement of the Ten Tors Rules. He may also direct a team or individual to Crash Out if, in his or a Ten Tors official’s opinion, they are not sufficiently trained, physically prepared and suitably equipped to continue the Challenge. The Director may also, in the interest of safety, amend these Rules to suit the prevailing conditions. In all these matters the decision of the Director is final.

Participating Establishments

2. Head of Establishment. The responsibility for Ten Tors training remains with the Head of Establishment (the head teacher of a state, academy or independent school, the commanding officer of a cadet force, the district commissioner of scouts, the chairman of a rambling club or similar for other establishments) on behalf of his or her employer or voluntary organisation. Responsibility for safe training may be delegated to a Team Manager. In sponsoring an entry, the Head of Establishment agrees to abide by the Ten Tors Rules and to assist in their enforcement. To safeguard the reputation of Ten Tors, the Head of Establishment must assure the Director Ten Tors that at least one member of each team's management is competent and currently qualified to conduct relevant training with teenagers in ‘upland moorland’ terrain. Advice on suitable qualifications is available in the Ten Tors Guidance Booklet. He/she must also assure the Director that the all members of the team management are fit and proper persons, and suitable for the role to which they are assigned. The Head of Establishment must ensure that all entered participants attain the qualifying requirements set out in Para 47 below.

3. Team Manager. The Team Manager, appointed by the Head of Establishment, is responsible for all aspects of their Establishment’s Ten Tors training. With the agreement of the Head of Establishment, the Team Manager may delegate duties to a competent and qualified Deputy Team Manager/Training Event Leader and responsibilities for training to competent and qualified Group Leaders and appoint adults as assistants for specific training activities. Prior to the Challenge, the Team Manager is required to assure the Director that all participants are eligible to participate, agree to support the Ten Tors Charter and ethos, and abide by the Ten Tors Rules, have trained together and are sufficiently trained, physically prepared and suitably equipped to complete the Challenge unaided even in adverse conditions. The Team Manager is also responsible for the conduct and safety of the team staff, parents/guardians and visitors to the campsite, before during and after the Challenges and participants before the start and after the finish of the Challenge.

4. Participants. By taking part in Ten Tors training and participating in the Challenge, the young people agree to strive to achieve the Charter’s objectives, obey the Ten Tors Rules and achieve the required qualifying standards, per Para 47 below.



5. Location. Establishments from the South West Region (Bristol, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Cornwall) may enter teams. A few teams may be accepted from elsewhere, either on the basis of longstanding participation or on the Director Ten Tors’ invitation.

6. Ten Tors Challenge.

6.1. Age. All those taking part in the Ten Tors Challenge must be between the ages of 14 and 19 as at the 31 August of the year of the Challenge.
6.2. Composition of Teams. A Ten Tors Challenge team is to consist of 6 eligible teenagers which, subject to the approval of the Head of Establishment, may be any mix of the sexes within the appropriate age range. Team reserves may be selected but they are not allowed to accompany teams, join them or substitute during the Challenge.
6.2.1. 35 miles (56 km) for 14 and 15 year olds.
6.2.2. 45 miles (72 km) for 16 and 17 year olds.
6.2.3. 55 miles (88 km) for 18 and 19 year olds (17 year olds may participate if they have previously completed the 35 or 45 mile Challenge)

6.3. Self Sufficiency. Those requiring medical or supportive intervention and management, which cannot be self administered, are not permitted to participate

7. Jubilee Challenge

7.1. Age. All those taking part in the Jubilee Challenge must be between the ages of 14 and 21 as at 31 August of the year of the Challenge.
7.1.1. Composition of Teams. Subject to the approval of the Head of Establishment, a team of up to 8 may be composed of any mix of gender. Reserves may be selected but they are not allowed to accompany teams, join them or substitute during the Challenge.
7.1.2. Individual Entries. Individual Jubilee Challenge entrants are permitted, but for safety reasons must be accompanied by a suitably qualified adult.

7.1.3. Where necessary, a suitably qualified adult may assist a participant by providing medical support.

8. Pre Existing Medical Conditions. Team Managers are required to disclose participant’s pre-existing medical conditions and medications being used and any allergies and to certify a participant’s fitness to undertake the Challenge. If there is doubt as to the fitness of the participant, this is likely to require a dialogue between the Team Manager and a medical practitioner familiar with the rigours and remoteness of the expedition and documentation of the person’s fitness to undertake the Challenge. Careful consideration should be given to the potential time delay before external medical support can be provided.

9. Insurance. Heads of Establishment are required to hold at least £2 million third party liability insurance against damage or injury caused during training. The Ten Tors Organisers do not accept liability for any injuries (including injuries resulting in death) arising from participation in the training or Challenges except to the extent that any such injury arises from the neglect or default of Organisers. Heads of Establishment and/or participants are advised to consider other insurance requirements.

10. Data Protection. Heads of Establishment are required to provide assurance that parents have given their approval for participants’ personal details to be stored and used by the Organisers for Ten Tors’ purposes including informing the medical and emergency services.

11. Photography. Each year official photographers record images of the Ten Tors Event. Heads of Establishment are required to certify that parents/ guardians have given their approval for suitable and appropriate photographs to be taken, stored and published.

Application for Entry

12. Entries. Applications, which must be authorised by the Head of Establishment, are to be made to the Ten Tors Secretary and are to arrive by the deadline in mid-September announced on the Ten Tors website. Late entries will not be accepted.

13. Acceptance. Selection results will be published on the Ten Tors website in mid-late September.


14. Selection Process. Ten Tors is often heavily oversubscribed. The allocation of vacancies will be carried out by the Organisers using the factors below.

14.1. Cohort Size. The number of pupils or members in the respective age groups.
14.2. Competency of the Team Staff. The declared competency of the Team Manager and Group Leaders available to manage the training. A minimum of one walking qualified adult per team is required.
14.3. Past Performance. Infringements of these Rules recorded against the Establishment in the past 3 years.
14.4. Scrutineer Kit Checks. The Establishment’s record of successful ‘passes’ of Scrutineer kit checks in the past 3 years.
14.5. Team Performance. The Establishments’ record of teams/individuals completing the Challenge in the past 3 years.

Ten Tors Briefing

15. Participation. Each participating Establishment must be represented at the Ten Tors Briefing by a Team Manager, Deputy Team Manager or Group Leader, who will be present at Okehampton during the Challenge. The Team Manager must have attended a Ten Tors briefing within the 3 years preceding the Event.

16. Content. The Briefing Day is held in early October of the year preceding the Event. The programme will cover policy and rule changes, current issues, environmental education and procedures.

17. Attendance. The invitation to attend will be published on the Ten Tors web site in late September. The Head of Establishment’s declaration and the attendance proforma, recording the Establishment representative’s presence at the Briefing, are to be handed in on request.

Infringements and Penalties

18. During the training and the Event, the Director may penalise an Establishment, team or individual for infringing the Ten Tors Rules. He may also direct a team or individual to Crash Out if, in his or a Ten Tors official’s opinion, they are not sufficiently trained, physically prepared or suitably equipped to continue the Challenge. In all these matters, the decision of the Director is final.

19. Infringements. The following are considered to be infringements:

19.1. Breaking these Rules.
19.2. Bad behaviour including activities likely to bring Ten Tors into disrepute.
19.3. Failing to complete the administrative processes on time.

20. Penalties. The penalty for infringement during the training and the Event may include:

20.1. Barring the Establishment from future Events.
20.2. Disqualification.
20.3. Withdrawal of an entry.
20.4. The Head of Establishment being informed of the infringement.

21. Appeals. Any appeal against an imposed penalty is to be made in writing to the Ten Tors Secretary within 14 days of the announcement of a penalty for investigation and decision by the Director Ten Tors .


22. General. The Ten Tors and Jubilee Challenges are demanding expeditions. Thorough preparation and training are essential in order to complete the Challenges safely and without assistance. Heads of Establishments are responsible, through their Team Managers, for the conduct of the training. These Rules apply to both training and the Challenges. Team Managers are also to be familiar with the advice given in the Ten Tors Guidance Booklet.

23. Notification of Outline Training Programme. To assist with verifying compliance with agreements for the use of the Dartmoor National Park, each Team Manager is to submit their Outline Training Programme as an attached Excel document using the format here to the Ten Tors Secretary. The Programme is not checked for the appropriateness of the training or its safety.

23A. Accidents and Incidents. The Ten Tors Secretary is to be informed within 48 hours of any accident or incident during Ten Tors training so that lessons can be learned and any remedial action be taken.



24. Rights of access are to be respected.

24.1. Private Land. Enclosed land is not to be used without the permission of the land occupier/owner unless it is a Right of Way or Countryside and Rights of Way Public Access Land.
24.2. Public and Permissive Rights of Way. Footpaths, bridleways and highways may be used.
24.3. Countryside and Right of Way (CROW) Public Access Land. Public Access land, coloured yellow on Ordnance Survey and Dartmoor Training Area maps, may be used for walking. Camping is not permitted under these rights.

Care of the Countryside - The Ten Tors Code

25. Care for the Countryside and its Communities. The Countryside Code, which provides the basic rules for access, conservation and safety, has been adapted and amplified as the Ten Tors Code. It is to be adhered to during training and the Challenges. To assist Team Managers, a green card Aide Memoire for Teams, which is to be reproduced by Establishments, is available on the Ten Tors website. It includes the Ten Tors Code, together with advice on the action to be taken if casualties are sustained and action in emergencies. A copy of this Card is to be carried by each of the Team Staff, and both the walking group/team leader and deputy during training and the Challenge.


26. The Highway Code must be obeyed. In particular:

26.1. Drivers must obey the Road Traffic Act 1972 Section 34, which prohibits vehicles moving more than 13.75 metres off a metalled road.
26.2. When riding a bike or driving a vehicle, slow down for horses, walkers and give them plenty of room. Give way to tractors and vehicles towing trailers.

27. Parking. Public house and church car parks, and farmyards, tracks and gateways are not to be used for vehicle parking without the permission of the owner. Vehicle drivers are to be considerate of other users. In car parks, at least half of the space is to be left for public parking. Roads, gates and tracks are not to be obstructed.

Route Plans

28. Team Managers are advised that a copy of the route plan should be given to a responsible person before training commences and that person telephoned before starting and after finishing. Instruct that person to contact the Police if no report is received of the team having finished by a specific time.

29. A route plan including escape routes is to be carried by the walking group/team, which must endeavour to keep to the route, alternative route or escape route as described, so that, in the event of an emergency, the emergency services can narrow down the area to be searched and speed the rescue.

Actions in the Event of an Emergency

30. During training on moorland, Team Managers are advised that each walking group should carry at least one mobile phone and a GPS (which could be a smart ‘phone), sealed in an opaque bag if required by the Team Manager or a mobile phone and a tracking device. Team members are to be trained in how to use these aids in an emergency.

31. If teams have to camp in an emergency, they are to place a flashing light or Cyalume on the tent, to assist the emergency services to locate them.

32. International Distress Signals. All participants must be familiar with the use of the International Distress Signals.


33. National Park. Dartmoor, which is mostly privately owned, provides a living for farmers and a focus for tourists. Its scenery, cultural heritage and wildlife have been recognised by its designation as a National Park. Public access to this delicate environment can be damaging. Participants in Ten Tors must understand the special qualities of the Moor, and care for the National Park and be considerate of other users.

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.


35. In addition to the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (CROW) public access land, and public footpaths and bridleways, the public have the right to walk and horse ride on Dartmoor National Park’s common land, shaded brown on the Dartmoor Military maps. Access to other areas requires the landowner’s permission. Access Land and Commons are subject to the rights of graziers; grazing stock must not be fed or disturbed.

36. The Ministry of Defence land at Willsworthy and Merrivale, marked with a yellow diagonal line on the Dartmoor Military maps may be used for walking and camping if live firing is not programmed. The route between Standon Steps, Standon Farm and the Moorgate may be used for walking.

Restrictions on Use

37. North Dartmoor Training. After consultation with the Dartmoor Steering Group and its Working Party, the Director Ten Tors has agreed to restrict training on North Dartmoor (eg north of the Tavistock, Two Bridges to Moretonhampstead road and west of the 68 easting) to avoid disturbance to the Rare Bird Nesting Areas and to minimise erosion of the Moor. Teams are to comply with the following control measures:

37.1. Numbers. Walking group numbers on the North Moor are limited to 12 walkers and up to 2 adult learners per allocated team; eg. establishments with three teams participating are not permitted more than 36 walkers on the North Moor.
37.2. Training Days. Teams may only carry out 4 training days on the North Moor between 1 February and the Event.
37.3. 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.

37.4. Compliance. Compliance Monitors, Ten Tors Officials, Scrutineers, Dartmoor National Park Rangers, and Volunteer Wardens and Dartmoor Training Area personnel will check compliance with these Ten Tors Rules.

38. Live Firing Ranges. Team Managers are to ensure that their training routes do not enter any active Range Danger Areas. The boundaries of the 3 Range Danger Areas are shown on the Dartmoor Military maps and also marked on the ground by signs on red and white posts. When warning signals (red flags by day and red lights by night) are displayed at certain points appropriate to each range, entry into that range's danger area is forbidden. Guaranteed public access dates and 6 weeks’ notice of days and nights on which firing is to take place are at the MoD website here.

Further details are given in the booklet "The Military and Dartmoor Information for Walkers and Riders" which is available from the Commandant, Dartmoor Training Area, Okehampton Training Camp, Okehampton, EX20 1QP, or in this PDF from www.gov.uk

39. Base Camps. Base camps are not permitted on the open moor. Team Managers must arrange for these to be located at established campsites or, with the landowner's permission, on private, enclosed land. Details of farmers and landowners prepared to permit camping on Dartmoor are included in the Enjoy Dartmoor list here with some additional possibilities in the List of Dartmoor Campsites on the Ten Tors website.

40. Wild Camping. Wild camping may take place on most common land for not more than 2 consecutive nights in any location. Camping is not permitted on common land bounded on the Dartmoor Military map by a dark brown line or on CROW public access land except where the latter is within the Military Training Areas bounded by a broad blue line on the Dartmoor Military map when the Range Danger Areas are not notified for live firing. Campsites must be at least 100 metres from a road, building or water course and out of sight of roads or habitation. A maximum of 12 persons and up to 2 adult leaders are permitted at any one location. Locations should be at least 100m apart

41. Noise. The National Pak Byelaws require that ‘No person shall play or operate or knowingly cause or permit to be played or operated any musical instrument, radio, television set, record or cassette player, amplifier or similar appliance in such a manner as to give reasonable cause for annoyance to another person on the access land.’

Notification of Ten Tors Training on Dartmoor

42. Notification. Team Managers are to email the completed Training On Dartmoor Form as an attached Excel document to the Ten Tors Secretary at SWHQ-TenTors-MAILBOX@mod.uk at least 3 days in advance of each Dartmoor training session. The information on the notification is provided to the Police, DRG, DNPA Rangers and Ten Tors Officials to assist with contacting teams in the case of an emergency or incident. In addition, the details are used to reassure landowners and DNPA that agreements are being complied with. As training is the Team Manager’s responsibility, the recipients neither check the information for suitability nor walkers’ departure from the Moor.


43. Roads and Lanes. Dartmoor’s roads and lanes are often narrow with steep banks. Many are used by agricultural machinery and horses. Passing is frequently difficult and reversing slow. Great care should be exercised and vehicle movement minimised.

44. Parking. The Dartmoor Steering Group has insisted that only the car parks shown on Dartmoor Military maps may be used. Parking is not permitted at the Okehampton Moorgate, or on the open moor. Ten Tors vehicles may only occupy up to half of a car park to allow shared use of Dartmoor. Overnight sleeping in vehicles at the roadside or in carparks is not permitted under National Park byelaws .

45. Okehampton Camp. At weekends from 1 February until the Event notified on the website, team vehicles may be parked at the east end of Okehampton Camp square SX589932.

46. Roads and Tracks

46.1 Okehampton Loop Road and Bagga Tor Track. Vehicles are not to drive south of OP22, SX601911, or on the west side of the Loop Road nor on any of the tracks. The Row Tor track may be used as far as SX591912. Vehicles are not to use the Bagga Tor Track from SX546805. In emergency, use of the Loop Road and the Bagga Tor Track may be requested from Headquarters Dartmoor Training Area 01837 657210 or at weekends from the HQ SW Duty Staff Officer on 07801 907589.

46.2 Tracks. All non-metalled roads on Dartmoor are out of bounds to all vehicles being used in association with Ten Tors.


47. Qualifying. Before starting, participants are required to qualify for the Ten Tors Challenge by:

47.1. Carrying out a structured and progressive programme of training, including as an absolute minimum at least 4 days of training, two nights of wild camping on Dartmoor, and team experience of independent walking.
47.2. Being sufficiently trained, physically prepared and suitably equipped to enable the team to operate safely on their own and complete the Challenge unaided even in adverse conditions.
47.3. Training as a team on at least one expedition
noting that best practice would be to conduct regular training as a defined team . Last minute composite teams are not permitted to take part.

48. Team Manager’s Responsibilities. Team Managers are responsible for:

48.1. Notice to Parents and Guardians. Issuing the Notice to Parents and Carers to team members’ parents and carers together with any additional appropriate advice and information. This includes reminding parents, carers and friends that they must not interfere with the smooth running of the Challenges by intruding on the Safety Controls and/or Check Points, impeding their safe management and/or helicopter landing sites, or speaking to or otherwise assisting any participant during the Challenges as the latter actions would breach the teams ' self-sufficiency.

48.2. Pre-Registering their provisional team members’ names, date of birth and pre-existing medical conditions on line by the date published on the Ten Tors website.

48.3. The well-being of their participants from arrival at Okehampton until the start of the Challenge and subsequently from the time that the team is processed through the Presentation or the Fall Out System.

48.3A The conduct and safety of reserves, team officials, and supporters and that they understand relevant Ten Tors Rules. and in particular dont provide assistance to participants.
48.4. Checking that their team has correctly planned its route, organised itself and is suitably equipped.
48.5. Sealing the team’s emergency mobile ’phone into the opaque bag issued at Registration.
48.6. Vehicles. Okehampton Camp can become congested during the Event; the number of vehicles is to be kept to a minimum. No motor vehicles are permitted onto any of the tented camp sites, except for essential medical purposes. Unloading will be permitted on the square and at specified areas by the gates. One free car pass will be issued per team.
48.7. Evacuation Contingency Plans. Team Managers will be required to offer their minibuses and vans to support the Organiser’s Evacuation Contingency Plans. These vehicles will be parked in the Camp's square.
48.8 Generators. In order to enable people to rest and so that public address announcements can be heard, generators are not permitted on the campsites.
48.9. Fire Precautions. Briefing the team, reserves, team staff and supporters on fire prevention measures and the action to be taken on the outbreak of fire, published on the Ten Tors website. The quantity of gas bottles and fuel containers on the campsites must be kept to a minimum. Spares are to be stored in the car parks. Team Managers are to provide appropriate fire extinguishers.

48.9.1 Cooking on Campsites A distance of 6m around tents used for cooking is to be kept clear of administrative and accommodation tentage.

48.10. Environmental Protection. Ensuring that the Okehampton Camp safety, health and environment protection instructions, published on the Ten Tors website, are obeyed. Clearing litter from within and around the area occupied by their teams to the bins and recycling containers provided.

Arrival and Reporting Procedures.

49. Teams or advance parties are not to enter the Okehampton Camp camp sites before 0630 hours on the Thursday (D-2) preceding the Event.

50. All teams are required to establish their own base within the campsites at Okehampton Camp; water, toilets, recycling and some catering are available, but otherwise Establishments must be self-sufficient.

51. Registration. Route allocation will be published at Building 136 and on the Ten Tors website at 0800 on the Friday (D-1) preceding the Challenge. Team Managers are to report to Registration between 0900 and 1700 on the Friday to:

51.1. Confirm the team composition, and pre-existing medical conditions, allergies and prescribed medication carried are correctly recorded, and, if necessary, amend the detail.
51.2. Sign the Competence Certificate assuring the Director Ten Tors that all members of the team are eligible to participate in the Challenge, agree to support its Charter and ethos, and abide by the Ten Tors Rules, and have met the qualifying requirements per para 47 above.
51.3. Collect the team Control Card, identification wrist bands, Tracker, maps and securely sealable mobile phone bag.
51.4. Show and/or hand in the forms required by and available from the Ten Tors website.

52. Briefing and Scrutineering. After Registration, Team Managers are to:

52.1. Wrist Bands. Ensure the comfortable but secure fitting of the identification wrist bands with the individual team member’s correct insert.
52.2. Briefings. Attend, with the team, one of the team safety briefings and confirm attendance by having their Control Card stamped.
52.3. Scrutineering of Kit. Check that their teams have the required kit. A random nominated sample of teams will be required to have their kit scrutinised. Afterwards, these teams are to have their Control Card stamped to verify attendance.

53. Pre Start Registration. If team membership is changed overnight, Team Managers are to report amendments at Building 136 between 0530 and 0630 on Saturday (D Day) morning.

54. Routes. The route allocated to a team must be walked in the order printed on the Control Card visiting all of the Safety Controls and Checkpoints on the route in the sequence shown. At each of the Safety Controls and Checkpoints, the Team Leader or Deputy is to activate the Tracker and have their Control Card stamped. If a person falls out, is crashed out or has become a casualty, a Ten Tors official will annotate the Control Card.

55. Bounds. The route may only cross common and public access land or use Public Rights of Way. As teams may not enter Rare Bird Nesting Areas per Rule 37.3, routes must be planned accordingly.

56. Out of Bounds areas, Public Roads and Rivers. The River Crossings and Road Access Rules are at Annex A to these Rules. The rules are primarily intended to minimize the risk of harm and maximize the Event’s resilience. They also have the secondary benefit of providing Establishments, which are relatively unfamiliar with Dartmoor, with details of Rule-compliant routes through critical locations and safer river crossings.

56.1. River Contingency Plans. Dartmoor’s rivers can rise and fall quickly. During the Challenge, river levels and the rate of flow will be monitored. Should river crossings become dangerous, River Crossing Contingency Plans will be implemented by the Organisers.

57. Self Sufficiency. The Challenge must be completed without outside assistance.

57.1. The participants are to be responsible for their own preparations. Team Managers are to check that their team has correctly planned its route, organised itself and is suitably equipped and then leave the team to carry out the Challenge unaided.
57.2. Each team must carry all its requirements for the Challenge and must be completely self-contained.
57.3. Outside assistance, including entering shops, places of refreshment and public toilets, and receiving advice and assistance from Team Managers or support parties, parents carers or friends is forbidden.
57.4. If team officials or supporters go onto the Moor during the Challenge, they are to do nothing that might be construed as giving assistance to any team. Encouragement is permitted.

58. Kit. The equipment requirements, which may be checked at any time during and/or after the Challenge, are given in the Clothing and Equipment Guidance.

58.1. Water. Teams must be self-sufficient for water including the overnight stop. Dartmoor stream water is only safe for drinking if correctly and thoroughly purified. Teams are to carry the means to purify their water and be trained in this process.
58.2. Mobile Telephone. A member of the Team is to carry one fully charged mobile telephone, switched off. Before the start, the Team Manager is to seal the team’s emergency ‘phone in the opaque waterproof bag together with the emergency instructions to be followed, issued at Registration. It is only to be used in case of emergency. No other mobile ‘phones are permitted.
58.3. Tracker. The Team’s Tracker will be issued to the Team Manager at Registration. It is to be carried securely by the Team Leader, at the top of the rucksack with no metal object placed over or around it.

59. Radio and GPS. The carriage or use of 2 way radios, GPS or any other artificial aid is forbidden.

60. Dogs. Pets are not allowed to accompany teams.

Team Procedures

61. The Start. The start will be at 0700 Saturday. Teams are to be at the start and wait by the letter corresponding to their route at least 10 minutes before. Only Team Managers are permitted to accompany teams to the start letters. After the speech and Ten Tors prayer, a gun firing will announce the start of the Challenge and a bugle call sounding The Advance will urge teams on. Because of the crowds and the trip hazard, running is forbidden.

62. Action at Safety Controls and Checkpoints. On arrival at the Safety Control and Checkpoints, teams are to pause, ensure that everyone is there before the Team Leader or deputy activates the Tracker and has the team’s Control Card stamped.

63. Medical Support. The Safety Controls and Checkpoints will not compromise the unsupported aspect of the Challenge.

64. Toilets and Rubbish Collection. Toilets and rubbish bags are available at the Safety Controls and, flying permitting, the 35 mile team overnight Checkpoints. Rubbish is to be handed over at Safety Controls or taken home.

65. Overnight Camping. Teams must rest overnight.

65.1 All routes. No team may pass its eighth ‘Tor’ on its route before 0600hrs on (D+1) Sunday as the Control Card will not be stamped.
65.2 35 mile Routes. By 2000hrs on (D Day) Saturday evening, teams on 35 mile routes are to camp at one of the Safety Controls/Checkpoints on their route. Complying with the Night Stop Times printed on the Control Card, the Safety Control/Checkpoint staff will order a team to camp if there is insufficient time to reach the next Safety Control/Checkpoint by 2000hrs. The team is to activate the Tracker, hand in its Control Card and make camp as directed by the Safety Control/Checkpoint staff. Teams are to display their team tent marker panels on the outside of their tents to assist staff to identify team locations more readily. Replacement ‘cable ties’ to re-secure the identification panels are available from the Safety Control/Checkpoint staff. Teams may not proceed until 0600hrs on Sunday, when all members of the team must report to the Safety Control/Checkpoint to reclaim their stamped Control Cards.
65.3 45 and 55 mile Routes. Whilst teams on 45 and 55 mile routes are advised to camp between 2000hrs Saturday and0600 hrs Sunday, teams on these routes may walk on, checking into the subsequent Safety Controls/Checkpoints on their routes until 2200hrs. No Control Card will be endorsed between 2200hrs Saturday and 0600hrs Sunday. Other than in an emergency, no Tracker is to be activated between these hours. Teams may camp where they wish on parts of the moor where camping is permitted but not within 1km radius of any Safety Control or Checkpoint and must plan their routes accordingl

Dealing with Problems and Injuries

66. Fall Outs. Participants who cannot continue because of illness, fatigue etc may fall out at a Safety Control. They will be transported back to Okehampton Camp Fall Out Centre. When requested, the Team Manager or deputy is to collect fall-outs from the Fall Out Centre and take responsibility for them.

67. Casualties.

67.1. Team Leaders are responsible for the safety of every member of their team.
67.2. If the casualty is able to walk, he/she is to be taken to any Safety Control, which will take over responsibility for the care and evacuation leaving the remainder of the team, providing there are at least 4, to proceed without delay.
67.3. Should a team member become a casualty and be unable to walk to a Safety Control, the team is to use the Tracker’s emergency button to request a casualty evacuation. This should be followed by using the emergency phone to call the number shown on the Emergency Instructions in the envelope to explain the problem or, failing that, call 999 Police or send a text using the Tracker.

67.4. If telephone communication is impossible, 2 team members are to remain with the casualty while the other 3 seek assistance from the nearest manned location. (If a team has already suffered one or more fall-outs, a minimum of 1 person is to remain with the casualty.) The team equipment must be divided between the 2 parties.

67.5. If necessary, a Checkpoint will support a team’s casualty evacuation procedure but the team has to remain to look after a team member until casualty evacuation takes place.
67.6. Should a 35 mile team have a non-urgent casualty whilst at their Night Stop Safety Control/Checkpoint, the Team Leader should draw this to the attention of the staff at the earliest opportunity. At a Safety Control, this will enable the Organisers to start planning for the casualty’s evacuation to the Fall Out Centre at the earliest opportunity. At a Checkpoint, early notification will enable the Organisers to plan for the casualty’s evacuation at the earliest possible time on Sunday morning, thereby minimising the time that the team has to remain after 0600hrs.
67.7. Depending on the weather and the state of the casualty, evacuation will either be by helicopter, or by foot or by stretcher and then road to the appropriate medical treatment. If the team drops below 4 members, the remainder are not permitted to continue and will be evacuated with the casualty as Crash Outs.

68. Crash-Out. If a team is so far behind schedule that it will not finish by 1700 hrs on Sunday, a Safety Control or Scrutineer will, for the team’s safety, place the team into the fallout system. A Checkpoint will, for the team’s safety, direct a team to a Safety Control to facilitate access to the fall out system. (Normal Crash Times are printed on the Control Card as a guide, but in the event of adverse weather conditions the Director may, in the interests of safety, vary these.) The enforcement of the Crash-Out time may be modified in the light of any time lost if the official start time is delayed or if the Team’s Control Card shows that the team has been delayed by a Ten Tors’ official whilst en-route. Individuals or teams disqualified for breaches of the TT Rules may be Crashed Out.

After the Finish

69. Finish. The finish time of the Challenge is 1700hrs Sunday at Anthony Stile. There are three circumstances in which the time may be extended:

69.1. If the official start time is delayed.
69.2. When a Ten Tors official has detained a team en-route. In this case, any lost time will be recorded on the team’s control card.
69.3. Upon the orders of the Director Ten Tors .

70. Teams are to handback their Trackers in the Presentation Area. After checking, the Control Card will be returned to the Team unless the Organisers require it for further checks. Team members will receive a pasty ticket and then be signed back to their Team Manager or Deputy, who may then remain in the Presentation Holding Area to support their team and assist the Organisers.

71. Presentations. Complete teams that finish within the time will be presented with a team certificate. All individuals who finish the Challenge in a complete or part team and within the time, will receive a medal. Teams finishing outside the permitted time do not qualify for an official award.

72. Refreshments. Drinks will be available in the Presentation Holding Area. After the presentation, a snack is available in the main dining hall for team members on production of a pasty ticket.

73. Clearance. If a team member has still not been returned to the Team Manager by 1800hrs on Sunday, Team Managers must report this to the Fall Out Centre, which will check the location of the individual.


74. The Jubilee Challenge. The Jubilee Challenge, run by Exeter University Officer Training Corps (EUOTC), presents young people who have a disability or have learning difficulties with the opportunity to take part in a Challenge that provides different routes on North Dartmoor. The distances teams are required to walk are dependent on the challenge undertaken. The 4 distances are:

Route Distance Mile (Km) Terrain
JC1 7 (11.7) Mainly tarmac road and is intended for those in wheelchairs or tricycles
JC2 9 (14.6) Cross Country
JC3 12.5 (20.2) Cross Country
JC4/Ruby 15 (24) Cross Country. JC4's ascent and descent are more demanding than JC3

75. Self Sufficiency. Although the ethos of Ten Tors is of self-sufficiency, Team Managers are permitted to make suitable arrangements for assistance to the teams or individuals. Participants, whose disabilities might require assistance during the Jubilee Challenge, are to be accompanied by a member of his/her Establishment. If requested, a competent member from the Jubilee Challenge staff will also accompany the team/individual to act as a safety point of contact. The final decision for any assistance required rests with the Team Manager, who must inform EUOTC before arrival at Okehampton Camp. Team Managers are to ensure the availability of any required medication, which may only to be administered by a suitably qualified accompanying adult.

Arrival and Reporting Procedures

76. Camp Site. Members of the Jubilee Challenge staff will be available to assist Team Managers during the period they are camping at Okehampton.
77. Only specialist medical support vehicles may be authorised by EUOTC to enter the camp site.
78. Registration. On their arrival at Okehampton Camp between 1100 hrs and 1700 hrs on the Friday preceding the start of the Challenge at Registration in Building 169, Team Managers are to:

78.1. Report their individual entrants or teams present.
78.2. Hand the combined Competence Certificates and Manager's Certificates (JCFTT v4) to the Reception Staff. The Team Manager is required to assure the Director Ten Tors Director that all participants are eligible to participate, agree to support its Charter and ethos, and abide by the Ten Tors Rules, have trained together and are sufficiently trained, physically prepared and suitably equipped to complete the Challenge unaided even in adverse conditions

78.3. Complete a Personal Details Card (JCFTT 5) and a medical certificate on which Team Managers are required to disclose participant’s pre-existing medical conditions, medications being used and any allergies, and to certify a participant’s fitness to undertake the Challenge. If there is doubt as to the fitness of the participant, this is likely to require a dialogue between the Team Manager and a medical practitioner familiar with the rigours and remoteness of the expedition and documentation of the person’s fitness to undertake the Challenge. Careful consideration should be given to the potential time delay before external medical support can be provided.

78.4 Collect team/individual’s Control Cards and maps.

78.5. Following Registration, teams or individuals are to make their equipment available to the Scrutineers for inspection; the team’s/individual’s Control Card is then endorsed to demonstrate compliance with this Rule.

The Jubilee Challenge

79. Start. The start will be at 0730hrs on Saturday, on the road 200m from the Okehampton Moorgate. Fresh Tracks and the start of this part of the challenge with Dartmoor Ponies will happen after the Jubilee Challenge start at approximately 0745hrs. Teams are to make their own way to the start for 0700hrs. A limited number of toilets are available at the start.

80. Finish. The Finish and medal presentation is on the road below the Hangar Building 83 East.

81. Awards. Individual participants and teams must complete the course by 1800hrs on the Saturday to qualify for the award of individual medals and certificates. Individuals who cross the start line but who do not complete the course will be given a certificate showing the measure of their achievement.

81.1 Certificates for those who complete their chosen routes will be sent to the Establishment soon after the Challenge.

82. Compulsory Equipment. The following equipment is to be carried by all teams or individuals:

82.1. Personal Details Card to include: First name and Surname/s; Age; Disability or learning difficulties; Home or School Address; Any special instructions.
82.2. A two piece guaranteed waterproof suit. (A shower proof garment e.g. anorak, is not acceptable).
82.3. A first aid pack containing an emergency dressing and specific medication.
82.4. Drink and food for one main meal.
82.5. Water bottle containing minimum of 1 litre.
82.6. A map (as provided), compass, whistle and torch. These items may be carried by the accompanying adult.
82.7. One reserve pack of chocolate, raisins, glucose, etc, or, for participants on special diets, foodstuffs containing the same nutritional value. This pack is to be used in an emergency only.
82.8. A suitable rucksack.

83. Marking of Equipment. It is strongly recommended that all items of equipment are marked with the name of the individual or that of the establishment represented, to enable lost property to be returned.