Shelterbox Challenge – Dartmoor – 26 & 27 April 2008

April 26, 2008 7:00 amtoApril 27, 2008 5:00 pm

The ShelterBox Challenge Dartmoor is the original event in the series, now in its 3rd year it has developed a great reputation as a tough, exciting and rewarding team experience.

Dartmoor is a staggeringly beautiful place; it is home to the highest peak in southern England and covers some 368 square miles.  It is the wildest and largest area of open country in southern Britain and was one of the 1st National Parks to be designated in Britain in 1951.

Dartmoors landscape is made up of rough grazing land, wooded valleys, and distinctive granite tors, it is a genuine wilderness area and offers huge potential for adventure and inspiration.

Teams are not provided with the course details or maps until the start of the challenge, only after the event is underway are teams presented with their ShelterBoxes and instructions.

 The challenge involves teams navigating across a section of Dartmoor with all their personal kit and a ShelterBox to pre determined checkpoints. At the check points the teams are presented with a variety of physical and mental tasks that will test the groups’ ability to problem solve, make decisions and work together.

The terrain that each team will have to tackle along with their ShelterBox will include rivers, woodland, gorse lined paths, bogs and steep ascents and descents and granite tors.
There is a basic organised overnight camp at the end of day one on Dartmoor where all teams will spend the night. Teams are responsible for erecting the Vango tents provided and for preparing of their own meals using the cookers and meals supplied.  The camp is always a great place to relax after a tough but rewarding day and there will be a camp fire, good banter and the opportunity to sort out kit and equipment for day two.

After a blissful nights rest and a boil in the bag breakfast, day two follows a new route involving arduous hill climbs, tricky descents and more team challenges.  The event finishes in the afternoon where it started, and where there are facilities to freshen up, enjoy a hearty meal and a well earned pint.  This is followed by a prize presentation with fantastic t-shirts for all participants and quality prizes for top performances.

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