The British Exploring Challenge

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.

How it works

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.