Trek - Mourne Mountains 2014 Frequently Asked Questions | Action Medical Research

Key information

Team registration fee: £150.00 per team
Team fundraising target: £1,200.00 per team
Question: Can I take part on my own?
Answer: If you are unable to find a team, contact us and we can put you on another team if a place become available. You will be notified as soon as you can join.
Question: Is there an age restriction?
Answer: Participants must be 18 or over. Participants aged 16 can take part, but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Question: Can I arrive earlier in the day?
Answer: Yes, the Trek organisers will be setting up and happy to say hello but you will not be able to register early.
Question: Will I be safe?
Answer: Yes, as long as you have prepared, follow our advice and stick together as a team. You will receive a full briefing before the walk, including advice on what to do in an emergency. Our support team will set up their base in Tollymore Forest Park, with team members based throughout the hills, at check points and along the way.
Question: How fit do I need to be?
Answer: The terrain is tough in parts and depending on fitness levels, some teams will be on the trail for 12–17 hours. If you want to enjoy this event (and finish), we recommend you increase your fitness levels and endurance training properly.
Question: What kit do I need to carry? And, do I need special clothing/footwear?
Answer: Check out the recommended list of kit items you and your team should be carrying. Keep kit to the essentials and avoid doubling up on basic items. Your main items will always be water, snacks, basic first aid kit, spare warm and wet weather clothing, a torch, route maps and mobile phones. We recommend that you have a good pair of walking boot with ankle support. Make sure you have broken them in! Make sure you have a selection of clothing items to keep you warm or cool, depending on the conditions. Be sure to have checked the recommended kit list for precise details.
Question: Does the event supply food and cater for special dietary requirements?
Answer: Yes there will be food at the Silent Valley breakfast stop, and a BBQ at the end of the walk. Advise organisers, in advance, of any dietary requirements.
Question: Are there any special requirements for the support driver/vehicle?
Answer: Support crew are responsible for ensuring their support vehicles are both roadworthy and suitably covered by motor insurance. You will need a vehicle capable of transporting kit, food, drink and team members.
Question: Where is the meeting point and finish point?
Answer: Start point is at Burrendale Hotel, 51, Castlewellan Road, Newcastle. BT33 0JY, and the finish is at Tollymore Forest Car Park, Bryansford Road, Newcastle.
Question: What maps will we need? And, do I need to be an expert map reader?
Answer: Orienteering maps are available at the start. All the orienteering points will be found on the paths. However the rest of the route will be based on OSNI map of the Mournes 1:2500. The route should be straightforward to follow, however a map reader is an essential requirement of any mountain expedition.
Question: What are the timings and dates?
Answer: Date: Saturday 18 June through to Sunday 19 June 2016. Registration is 8.30pm–11.00pm. Each team will be sent their timings prior to the Trek. Midnight - Trek starts. Duration - 12 - 17 hours.
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