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- Here it is: my summary of the @rootsadventures DAY event.
A 5am start with an hour of intense PT. Then a 2 hour class brushing up on the navigation skills: 8 fig grid references, getting a bearing, distances etc. We were then given coordinates to get to our first checkpoint as a team. Here we had a kit check and had our rucksacks bagged up so we had to carry all of our kit within our blankets using paracord to wrap it together - actually quite an effective way of carrying your kit! More co-ords to the next checkpoint - ABSEILING! 😱 It was my first abseil - quite panicky when I first got over the edge getting used to the movement of the rope and putting my trust in it - my fear of falling wasn’t going to stop me 😅
Next up: axe skills & we built a team shelter - it wasn’t the best but we all managed to fit inside it 😂 We then started the scavenger hunt; this was fun - collecting bottles with coordinates in. Getting the nav for the next checkpoint and moving with speed with all your kit was a challenge but we pulled together as a team and got it done.
Then, into the darkness....We had to traverse across a gorge followed by another abseil, this time, much higher (25-30m). Still shit scared but had to push those fears to the side. At the bottom of the gorge we had to build a stretcher using our broom handles and paracord - it was a really good construction! We had to evacuate “The General” (70kg dummy - who’s definitely had some pies since I last met him) to a checkpoint 1.5km away. Navigating at night was completely different, it wasn’t easy but you learn to pick out silhouettes in the landscape. The General was medevaced out and we made our way back to HQ. Finisher’s beers & the Marshalls awaited our arrival. The Tribe completed the DAY event - 16 hours on the go & 25km covered.
My navigation skills improved massively and I got to face my biggest fear. There were some really tough parts, we pushed ourselves but we had so much fun. What a great team of guys 🙏
Thank you @rootsadventures. It was the best event I’ve done! I’ll be coming back and would highly recommend you all to try Roots events - won’t be disappointed!
Night abseil photos to follow.