Ten Tors success for Exmouth Air Cadets
PUBLISHED: 13:33 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:33 15 May 2018
A group of cadets from 299 Exmouth Squadrons Air Training Corps successfully tackled the Ten Tors challenge, hiking up to 55 miles across rugged Dartmoor.
The seven cadets from the squadron joined cadets from across Devon and Somerset wing to complete the 35, 45 and 55 mile routes over the Saturday and Sunday.
Known nationally as the largest and most challenging walk, many completing Ten Tors call the hike ‘life changing’.
Corporal Fraser Newton, 35 mile team leader was joined by Sergeant George Cook, Corporal Elijah Gates and Cadet Jack Skinner with two cadets from 41F Taunton Sqaudron.
Sergeant Lewis Eaglesfield and Corporal Heather Sheal joined cadets from across the wing in the 45 mile teams while Cpl Matthew Bagnall was in the wing 55 mile team.
During the weekend the Ten Tors training staff were treated to a flight across Dartmoor in a Royal Navy Merlin from 845 Naval Air Squadron Commanded by former 299 Exmouth Cadet Commander, Bobby Bond RN.
The Ten Tors Challenge is limited to 2,400 individuals, or 400 teams made up of six teenagers. The teams, depending on age, face hikes of 35, 45 or 55 miles (56, 72 or 88km) over the rough and rocky terrain of Dartmoor; those taking part visit 10 specific tors or check points in under two days.
Each team must be self-sufficient and carry all their kit and what they need to safely complete their chosen route. This includes an overnight stay on Dartmoor.
The Cadets meet at their new Exmouth headquarters at the top of Phear Park every Tuesday and Thursday evening.
A spokesperson for the group said the ATC was an ideal stepping stone to anyone wishing to join the RAF as a career, or for those keen to have an opportunity to undertake a wide range of activities while gaining Duke of Edinburgh and BTEC qualifications.
The cadets also have the chance to attend summer camps at RAF bases, visit Snowdonia for a week of outward bound activities during the summer holiday and take part in sport and field craft activities.
To join, or for more information, see www.299exmouth.com