Congratulations to Newton Abbot College’s Year 11 and Year 12 students, Charlie Mitchell, Harry Tansey, Jack Pearson, Maria Bond, Tamsin Elliot and Dan Rock, who were a formidable team for the Ten Tors challenge 2014. [caption id="attachment_6509" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Tamsin Elliot, Maria Bond, Dan Rock, Harry Tansey, Charlie Mitchell and Jack Pearson (front).[/caption] The event itself was only the final challenge in what has been an enormous feat of team building. They have had to be independent thinkers and make decisions using their own judgement when training. Lyndsay Cooper, Teacher of Design and Technology said “This has been an ongoing task for most of them since Year 9. It has been lovely to see them mature and be successful in this year’s challenge.” Between October and May the team had some pretty horrendous training days. The weather has not always been kind to them with torrential rain, fog, wind and sleet (sometimes on the same walk!) making navigation difficult and the camps have been cold, especially at night. The event itself gave them their biggest challenge. On the 45 mile route they encountered walking against gale force winds (it was impossible to stand on the top of Lynch Tor), flooded rivers, rain storms and deep bogs. Harry Tansey was at one point waist deep in a bog and he said “being a fan of Bear Grylls came in useful as I used his advice of lying flat to get myself out!” On return to the camp, two of the team still had the energy to bump start a car, still carrying their full pack!