Undertake an expedition in a weekend + compete as a team of 5 against others + acquire new skills + raise money for a life-changing charity.
Are you prepared to take the British Exploring Challenge?
The Challenge is being supported by Amazon explorer and British Exploring Patron Ed Stafford. Ed will also be visiting the winning team at their place of work to officially award them the British Exploring Challenge for 2017.
3 nights and 2 days on Dartmoor, 28, 29, 30 Sept, 1 Oct 2017. Participants need to arrive on Thursday evening to meet British Exploring Leaders and fellow competitors - any time from 6pm onwards.
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It will be an early start to training on Friday morning with the Challenge running until early Sunday afternoon. You can make travel arrangements to leave from 2.00pm on Sunday: a celebratory barbecue and drinks will be on offer for those wishing to stay a little longer.
Will I need a lot of kit?
You won’t need tents, stoves or any specialist equipment. You’ll be sent a basic kit list nearer the time – but it’ll consist mainly of boots, sleeping bags, waterproofs, a taste for adventure and a sense of humour.
Do I need to be tough to take the Challenge?
Expect significant physical challenge and tests to your endurance and stamina. You’ll also need problem solvers and negotiators to guarantee a winning team. The British Exploring Challenge is won through exceptional team work as well as through resilience.
Do I need a lot of technical skills?
No. You’ll be given training at the start of the weekend. Your ability to learn is what’s being tested, not your pre-existing technical competence.
How will my team win?
Teams will be judged and scores will be updated by Assessors against the British Exploring COMPASS:
Self-awareness & self-regulation * Emotional intelligence
Motivation and Purpose * Communication Skills
Problem Solving and Enterprise * Team Working, alignment of goals
Resilience, persistence, self-discipline, risk-management * Environmental awareness
Teams will be updated on their position on a Leader Board regularly during the Challenge weekend.
Cover distances of nearly 100k criss-crossing the moors. Undertake arduous and challenging tasks to test your self-sufficiency and replicate the expedition experience in some of the most remote wilderness in Britain.
Carry all your equipment for the Challenge, gather your food en route, sleep rough, scale rock faces and ford rivers, all the time working against the clock to complete your tasks and beat the other teams…
✔ Find yourself a team of 5.
✔ Companies may submit more than one team, but there are a limited number of team spaces available.
✔ Complete your individual and team registration and raise the minimum donation to participate. We’ll explain more of the other details to you then. You might want to have a reserve team member up your sleeve; your team will still be expected to take part if someone drops out.
✔ Once you’re at the starting site on Dartmoor where you’ll camp for your first night, you’ll receive training on Thursday evening and Friday morning, meet your British Exploring Leaders and the Challenge will be laid out. We don’t want to tell you too much in advance; even at the starting point you won’t know everything. Every expedition has an element of the unexpected.
✔ On Friday morning after your training is complete we’ll run an Expert Auction. By then you’ll have a good idea what skills you might be short of, and what the challenges ahead might be. You’ll have the chance to bid to acquire the support of a highly experienced British Exploring Leader to help you win the Challenge. They will stay with you throughout the weekend.
✔ During the Challenge your team will also be escorted at all times by your British Exploring Leader. They are there as a back-stop to keep you safe, to set you your tasks, assess your performance for the Leader Table, let you know how other teams are doing, and to ensure that no one cheats. They won’t help directly with anything you face during the Challenge.
✔ When the Challenge is complete on Sunday, our Assessors will total up your scores and the winner will be announced. You’ll have a chance to shower and unwind, and we’ll treat you to a barbecue before you depart for home.
✔ Ed Stafford will visit the winning team at their place of work or other venue of their choice during the course of the Autumn to officially award them the British Exploring Challenge for 2017 (and secure the serious admiration of their work colleagues at the same time).
✔ The Challenge runs from 7 pm on Thursday 28 September to 3pm on Sunday 1 October commencing at Princetown on Dartmoor.
Entrance fee : £400 per person
Fundraising contribution: minimum £600 per person
Upon registering on to the British Exploring Challenge you will automatically become a Member of British Exploring and receive access to all our discounts. Your Friends Membership will run from the day you register and run for 12 months after the Challenge.
Applicants must fundraise a minimum of £600 per person which will directly support the work of British Exploring Society. We ask that all applicants consider gift aiding their fundraising if applying as an individual. Please use Virgin Money Giving to manage your fundraising. Simply visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com click ‘Start Fundraising’ on the top right, then select ‘organised event’ and start entering your details.
By participating in the British Exploring Challenge, you will help change the future for some of the most disadvantaged young people in the Country.
You will also discover skills in yourself and colleagues that you never knew were there.
The fee covers everything including insurance for the event itself.
It does not cover travel to and from the Challenge start and finish. We will however provide a free bus service from Plymouth train station on Thursday, leaving at approximately 5.45pm.
James has had an 18-year career in the UK reserve forces, serving operationally in the RAF Regiment and with the RAF Air Cadets.
He currently holds the rank of Flight Lieutenant. Throughout his career he has trained personnel in leadership, field craft, marksmanship and adventure training.
In 2014 he was awarded both the RAF Air Cadets Shackleton Trophy and the Ullysses Trust Award for best expedition for leading 26 personnel across the deserts of Jordan in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia. James continues to serve, with his current role to support staff development within Kent Wing RAF Air Cadets.
James joined British Exploring at Operations Manager in 2011. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Leading Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and has a long career in expedition leadership and management. James has since taken on the role of Expedition Training and leadership Advisor and is responsible for advising on appropriate leadership recruitment and skills for our trainee leaders and Leaders, as well as the development of leadership training resources.
James has a wealth of experience as an expedition leader having been part of a leadership team on over 20 expeditions. James has an impressive background of adventure expeditions in mountain, desert, jungle and polar environments, with a broad variety of activities from trekking, mountaineering, through to canoeing.
Ed is the Guinness World Record-holder for becoming first man to walk the entire length of the Amazon and also the star of his own Discovery Channel show Marooned
'The office can be just as scary as the jungle, frankly – and you need all the help you can get to thrive there. Take the British Exploring Challenge. Just by taking part you’ll learn a lot about yourself and your team mates and take away some ridiculously useful stuff to help you do better at work. You’ll earn massive respect from everyone you know, and from me, and you’ll be helping a brilliant organisation too.' - Ed Stafford