Rules and Equipment

Equipment


All teams and individuals competing in the event are required to complete a kit check before they set off.

Each team must carry the following equipment between it's members:

  • Two copies of the appropriate Ordnance Survey maps [see note 1]
  • Suitable waterproof covering for map(s) (if not laminated)
  • Two compasses (Silva type or prismatic)
  • At least one mobile phone, number disclosed at checkin (packed away in bag for emergencies)
  • Survival Bag
  • Sleeping Bag (Classic and Explorer hike only, not required for Scout or Junket Hike)

Each individual must each carry:

  • Substantial footwear/boots and socks [see note 2]
  • Long trousers [see note 3]
  • Sweater [see note 4]
  • Spare sweater/alternative.
  • Waterproof over-garment with hood
  • Waterproof over trousers
  • Headgear
  • Gloves
  • Reflectors or safety tapes. (visible from front & rear)
  • Mug
  • Water Bottle/bladder (minimum 1 litre)
  • Whistle
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Substantial torch capable of prolonged use
  • Spare torch (or spare batteries and bulb for main torch)
  • Adequate emergency rations
  • Survival bag / foil blanket
  • Pencil and notebook
  • A copy of the hiker route card (provided at kit check)

All the above clothing must be; of the correct size, in good repair, of suitable material, and (in the view of the organisers)
capable of providing adequate thermal insulation and protection from conditions to be expected on down land in winter.

[1] Either 1:50000 (Landranger sheets 174 & 175) or 1:25000 (Explorer sheets 158, 159 & 170) - Maps must not be more than 20 years old.ONE
set must be proper O/S maps, the other set may be laminated colour copies or extracts of the appropriate maps (provided that all of the footpaths
and checkpoints on the route are shown. Additionally, the map symbols must be in same colour as the original map and it must always be possible
to work out the National Grid Reference of any point on the map)
[2] Substantial footwear/boots (not trainers) suitable for walking or scrambling that support the ankle; Experienced hill-walkers may wear
fell-running footwear.
[3] Long trousers (not jeans). Lighter type trousers (with additional thermal wear) or shorts can be worn if the weather conditions permit.
[4] Sweater with long sleeves or other warm body garment with high thermal properties.

Rules


  1. Walking teams must stick together. If a team splits up between checkpoints they may be excluded from the hike.
  2. Leave no litter along the route and be respectful of the residence in the area.
  3. Adhere to the countryside code
  4. GPS devices and mobile phones should not be used during the event unless in emergency situations.
  5. Parents and Leaders must not walk with teams nor arrange to meet teams at or between checkpoints.