Looking for an adventurous weekend? Then look no further than High Adventure. Held every year in March, this mystery location weekend has Explorer’s and Network members alike wondering what the weekend has in store.
Three members of Leicestershire Scouts Young Media Team took part in this year’s event as members of their Units. Rebecca Illife, Daisy Harris (both Explorers) and Erin Billington, (a Network member) all from Market Harborough, share their experience of the weekend.
High Adventure is a hiking, orienteering competition set in mountainous terrain with a mystery location. Every year, Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members compete in orienteering hikes and challenges over a weekend, carrying all their food and camping equipment on their backs. The object of High Adventure is to find your way from base camp to top camp whilst collecting points at different check points. This year saw 17 teams competed against each other. A couple of teams got lost whilst others made time to roll down mountains
Rebecca explained that her unit Dragon ESU entered for the first time this year. “No one in our unit had ever done anything like it before and it really was a fantastic- if exhausting – experience”
On Friday the 14th of March young people from across Leicestershire boarded two coaches with anticipation. Not knowing how long the journey was going to be or in fact where they were headed, the 17 different teams composed of Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members set off to the base camp of High Adventure 2014. There was a lot of excitement circling the coaches as the participants readied themselves for the two day hiking competition that was taking place in an unknown location.
The final location? North Wales at Lake Vyrnwy.
Following a short night’s sleep the participants set off across the Welsh country side.
“The hiking was difficult. We crossed paths with many other teams on our trek and faced many challenges along the way: we waded through boggy patches full of frogspawn and we had to battle our way through massive pine trees that had overturned into our path. But still, it was rewarding.” Said Rebecca.
After a full day walking, collecting as many check points as possible the teams headed to ‘top camp’ exhausted and ready to sleep.
The following morning, with renewed enthusiasm, everyone set out once again into the Welsh countryside and almost immediately were confronted with the first challenge: to complete level three of the Bleep Test complete with rucksacks on their backs. Other challenges included: firing paintballs at a board being held by a fellow team member; dragging a jeep up a hill with a pulley system; putting out a candle using a water balloon; throwing axes at a wooden target. Each one was thrilling and extremely fun to participate in, making the hike back seem less hard and more exciting.
After the presentation of certificates and awards to the teams who collected the most points from the challenges and checkpoints over the weekend, the group of exhausted Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members piled all their kit and equipment back onto the coaches and settled down for the well-earned rest on the way home.
Speaking of their weekend Daisy said ““High Adventure is a huge challenge which tests Explorers to their mental and physical limits… But with mountains of fun! It was really hard work, but filled us with confidence for future Dof E expeditions” While Rebecca felt it was “exciting, exhilarating event even if it was absolutely exhausting and it was one that I’m sure none of us will forget in a hurry.”
As one of the older competitors Erin has competed in other High Advenure competitions over the years. “As a die-hard High Adventurer, I felt like a veteran over the weekend; it’s fantastic to see so many teams competing and the competition still going strong. A massive thank you to all the adults that made the weekend happen for us – without your time, effort and dedication,”
To read Erin’s full account, please visit the Network website here
Challenge Team Winner:
Omega (Inclined) [Market Harborough]
1- Alpha (Inclined) (358 Points) [Market Harborough]
2 – Omega (Inclined) (297 Points) [Market Harborough]
3 – Dench Henceman (Chomolungma) (250 Points) [North East]
Mixed Age Teams:
1 Pr0Team (Xtreme ESU) (493 Points) [Loughborough]
1 Mm Tea (Harborough Network) (427 Points)