Wed 31 Mar - Thu 08 Apr 2021

In aid of Borne

Borne

OVERVIEW

What to expect

ITINERARY

What you will do

COSTS

Ways to pay

ESSENTIAL INFO

All you need to know

Everything you need to know

This page provides you with a variety of information about the challenge that you might find useful.

Level of Difficulty

Typical Day

Safety

Responsible Tourism

Flights

Visa

Vaccinations & Medication

Insurance

Climate & Terrain

Training

Luggage Allowance & Valuables

Leadership

Group Size

Clothing & Equipment

Accommodation & Toilets

Food & Drink

Money

Phone and WiFi

Emergencies

Level of Difficulty

The Borne Coast to Coast Challenge is graded as Tough. A “tough” trip should be undertaken by someone with some previous experience and interest in cycling and/or trekking. It involves camping, and will certainly be in a remote environment, where facilities are not what you would expect at home. A tough challenge will test you both physically and mentally. Both cycles and treks will be hilly, and training is essential to ensure you are well prepared. You can tell your supporters that on your Borne Coast to Coast Challenge you will be:

• Trekking between 17-20km per day.
• Cycling, trekking and rafting a total distance of 275km over 6 days.
• Enduring high temperatures during the day.
• Pushing your body to the limit through three core activities and environments
• Camping with very basic facilities.

Level of Difficulty

The Borne Coast to Coast Challenge is graded as Tough. A “tough” trip should be undertaken by someone with some previous experience and interest in cycling and/or trekking. It involves camping, and will certainly be in a remote environment, where facilities are not what you would expect at home. A tough challenge will test you both physically and mentally. Both cycles and treks will be hilly, and training is essential to ensure you are well prepared. You can tell your supporters that on your Borne Coast to Coast Challenge you will be:

• Trekking between 17-20km per day.
• Cycling, trekking and rafting a total distance of 275km over 6 days.
• Enduring high temperatures during the day.
• Pushing your body to the limit through three core activities and environments
• Camping with very basic facilities.

Typical Day

Each day you rise early, after breakfast will help to pack up your kit and break camp, then cycle or trek carrying only daypacks for 8 to 10 hours, stopping for lunch en route.

You will have scheduled times to stop and view the remarkable scenery, or just absorb the thick jungle environment as you move through it. The challenge zone is remote and home to rare flora and fauna amid the bountiful biodiversity.

The evenings are spent in wonderfully located camps/lodges, situated in the heart of the jungle or among farmland of the region. The food will be hearty and facilities basic. 

Typical Day

Each day you rise early, after breakfast will help to pack up your kit and break camp, then cycle or trek carrying only daypacks for 8 to 10 hours, stopping for lunch en route.

You will have scheduled times to stop and view the remarkable scenery, or just absorb the thick jungle environment as you move through it. The challenge zone is remote and home to rare flora and fauna amid the bountiful biodiversity.

The evenings are spent in wonderfully located camps/lodges, situated in the heart of the jungle or among farmland of the region. The food will be hearty and facilities basic. 

Safety

Charity Challenge considers the safety of all of its participants and staff to be a top priority, and as such we have set up one of the most advanced and thorough safety management systems in the industry.

Our Challenge Safe brand formalises our ethos when it comes to safety, bringing together the procedures and risk management strategies that we use to audit all aspects of our challenges, from vehicles to accommodation to the activity itself. Your welfare is paramount! In terms of your Borne Coast to Coast Challenge, there are a couple of important points that you should be aware of:

- You will be trekking through dense, isolated primary jungle
- You will be physically exerting yourself for long periods of time in the heat of the tropics
- A high level of fitness is required for the challenge
- You may encounter a wide variety of insects, animals and plants
- You will be rafting on grade 4 rapids
- You will be trekking and cycling through remote areas where facilities are basic

As you will be in isolated areas of Costa Rica, there will be a doctor that will be trekking with the group to help facilitate any immediate medical attention should the need arise.

Safety

Charity Challenge considers the safety of all of its participants and staff to be a top priority, and as such we have set up one of the most advanced and thorough safety management systems in the industry.

Our Challenge Safe brand formalises our ethos when it comes to safety, bringing together the procedures and risk management strategies that we use to audit all aspects of our challenges, from vehicles to accommodation to the activity itself. Your welfare is paramount! In terms of your Borne Coast to Coast Challenge, there are a couple of important points that you should be aware of:

- You will be trekking through dense, isolated primary jungle
- You will be physically exerting yourself for long periods of time in the heat of the tropics
- A high level of fitness is required for the challenge
- You may encounter a wide variety of insects, animals and plants
- You will be rafting on grade 4 rapids
- You will be trekking and cycling through remote areas where facilities are basic

As you will be in isolated areas of Costa Rica, there will be a doctor that will be trekking with the group to help facilitate any immediate medical attention should the need arise.

Responsible Tourism

It is our aim to make your challenge experience unforgettable. We also wish to contribute positively towards the communities and the destinations that we visit. You will be joined on this challenge with native residents. This will ensure that you not only will have a much higher level of engagement with the local culture, but also knowledge of the environment, local ways of living, history and experiences from the locals. During your trek you will pass through lots of local communities. 

Responsible Tourism

It is our aim to make your challenge experience unforgettable. We also wish to contribute positively towards the communities and the destinations that we visit. You will be joined on this challenge with native residents. This will ensure that you not only will have a much higher level of engagement with the local culture, but also knowledge of the environment, local ways of living, history and experiences from the locals. During your trek you will pass through lots of local communities. 

Flights

This challenge is ground only. This means that you will need to book your own flights for the challenge from your home country to San Jose, Costa Rica, return.

It is imperative you email your booked flight details to the Charity Challenge office: flights@charitychallenge.com. You should arrive ideally by 6pm of day 1 (Wednesday 31st March 2021).

In order to leave enough time, participants must not book a flight departing Juan Santamaria International Airport before midday on Day 9 of the itinerary (Thursday 8th April 2021).

If you book a flight to arrive and/or depart on different days, you will need to book and pay for transfers and hotel accommodation directly with the hotel or another local provider. There are two group airport transfers are provided, one on the first, and one on the last day of the itinerary. If you fly much later in the day or on another day and do not wish to take the group transfer, we can organise a private transfer at additional cost.

You must provide us with your flight details at least 8 weeks in advance of the trip.

Departure tax is levied on all passengers leaving the country and can be paid at a desk situated within departures at the airport. The departure tax cost is $29 USD payable at the airport with USD/Costa Rican colón or VISA, Mastercard or American Express. This tax must be paid before you check in for your flight.

Flights

This challenge is ground only. This means that you will need to book your own flights for the challenge from your home country to San Jose, Costa Rica, return.

It is imperative you email your booked flight details to the Charity Challenge office: flights@charitychallenge.com. You should arrive ideally by 6pm of day 1 (Wednesday 31st March 2021).

In order to leave enough time, participants must not book a flight departing Juan Santamaria International Airport before midday on Day 9 of the itinerary (Thursday 8th April 2021).

If you book a flight to arrive and/or depart on different days, you will need to book and pay for transfers and hotel accommodation directly with the hotel or another local provider. There are two group airport transfers are provided, one on the first, and one on the last day of the itinerary. If you fly much later in the day or on another day and do not wish to take the group transfer, we can organise a private transfer at additional cost.

You must provide us with your flight details at least 8 weeks in advance of the trip.

Departure tax is levied on all passengers leaving the country and can be paid at a desk situated within departures at the airport. The departure tax cost is $29 USD payable at the airport with USD/Costa Rican colón or VISA, Mastercard or American Express. This tax must be paid before you check in for your flight.

Visa

British and Australian citizens do not require a visa for Costa Rica for a stay up to 90 days. If you are of a different nationality, please check with the Costa Rican embassy within the country of your origin. You must hold a full ten-year passport with at least six months to run from the end of your challenge, and at least one blank page for your visa and entry/exit stamps.

Visa

British and Australian citizens do not require a visa for Costa Rica for a stay up to 90 days. If you are of a different nationality, please check with the Costa Rican embassy within the country of your origin. You must hold a full ten-year passport with at least six months to run from the end of your challenge, and at least one blank page for your visa and entry/exit stamps.

Vaccinations & Medication

Vaccinations
For up to date vaccination information please check the Travel Health Pro website: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries
Charity Challenge team are not medical experts and we would encourage you to visit your GP or travel nurse to discuss vaccination requirements. Your GP may ask questions about the specific locations that you are visiting so it may be useful to take a copy of your itinerary with you.

Medication
•    Carry medicines (including those bought over the counter) in their correctly labelled container, as issued by the pharmacist, in hand luggage
•    Consider packing a spare supply of medication in the hold luggage in case of loss of hand luggage
•    A letter from the prescriber detailing the medicines with the generic names for the medications can be helpful for border control checks, and in case medicines have to be replaced or medical help is required
•    Carry a note from the prescribing physician on letterhead stationery for controlled substances and injection medications
•    Take out an appropriate level of travel health insurance including repatriation and specific cover for any pre-existing illnesses

N.B.  Some medications are banned abroad so please check you can find further information at https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/factsheet/43/medicines-abroad

Vaccinations & Medication

Vaccinations
For up to date vaccination information please check the Travel Health Pro website: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries
Charity Challenge team are not medical experts and we would encourage you to visit your GP or travel nurse to discuss vaccination requirements. Your GP may ask questions about the specific locations that you are visiting so it may be useful to take a copy of your itinerary with you.

Medication
•    Carry medicines (including those bought over the counter) in their correctly labelled container, as issued by the pharmacist, in hand luggage
•    Consider packing a spare supply of medication in the hold luggage in case of loss of hand luggage
•    A letter from the prescriber detailing the medicines with the generic names for the medications can be helpful for border control checks, and in case medicines have to be replaced or medical help is required
•    Carry a note from the prescribing physician on letterhead stationery for controlled substances and injection medications
•    Take out an appropriate level of travel health insurance including repatriation and specific cover for any pre-existing illnesses

N.B.  Some medications are banned abroad so please check you can find further information at https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/factsheet/43/medicines-abroad

Insurance

Your safety when travelling with Charity Challenges is our main concern which is why it is a booking condition that you have a suitable travel insurance policy that will cover you for the adventurous nature of your challenge. We have chosen to partner with specialist travel insurance providers Campbell Irvine, who offer cover for an extensive number of adventurous activities. Cover is available directly from Campbell Irvine for most European residents and includes cover for emergency medical and repatriation and for your cancellation or curtailment of the challenge. Full details including costs may be found by clicking here.

For more travel insurance questions, please refer to our main FAQs page or for any specific queries, please contact us at bookings@charitychallenge.com.

Insurance

Your safety when travelling with Charity Challenges is our main concern which is why it is a booking condition that you have a suitable travel insurance policy that will cover you for the adventurous nature of your challenge. We have chosen to partner with specialist travel insurance providers Campbell Irvine, who offer cover for an extensive number of adventurous activities. Cover is available directly from Campbell Irvine for most European residents and includes cover for emergency medical and repatriation and for your cancellation or curtailment of the challenge. Full details including costs may be found by clicking here.

For more travel insurance questions, please refer to our main FAQs page or for any specific queries, please contact us at bookings@charitychallenge.com.

Climate & Terrain

Climate
March and April are among the best months to travel in Costa Rica, with typically dry weather and low humidity. Note, however, that temperatures can be very hot at all times of year. The rainforest offers some respite from the sun, but during the long cycle rides and kayaking excursions, you will need to ensure that you stay well hydrated and protected from the sun.

Terrain
It is the terrain, rather than the distances covered, that will pose the greatest challenge during the Borne Coast to Coast Challenge. Cycling will primarily be on dirt road and single-track trails, while rainforest treks will require orienteering through dense vegetation. During the rafting you will encounter advanced grade 4 rapids

Climate & Terrain

Climate
March and April are among the best months to travel in Costa Rica, with typically dry weather and low humidity. Note, however, that temperatures can be very hot at all times of year. The rainforest offers some respite from the sun, but during the long cycle rides and kayaking excursions, you will need to ensure that you stay well hydrated and protected from the sun.

Terrain
It is the terrain, rather than the distances covered, that will pose the greatest challenge during the Borne Coast to Coast Challenge. Cycling will primarily be on dirt road and single-track trails, while rainforest treks will require orienteering through dense vegetation. During the rafting you will encounter advanced grade 4 rapids

Training

This challenge is graded ‘Tough’, which means that a good level of fitness is definitely required! Anyone who leads a fairly active and moderately healthy lifestyle should be able to complete the challenge, as long as they train regularly over a period of at least three months leading up to altitude. The hot and humid weather are constants on this challenge. While strength is important, endurance training should be your primary focus.

Walking and cycling up hills and climbing stairs are both ways to condition your lower body. Begin slowly, without the weight of a pack, eventually adding weight as you increase your training pace. Take long hikes and cycle rides (6-8 hours) with a weighted pack, up and down hills (on treks, weigh your pack with water containers and pour out the water before your descent to minimise knee stress).

Training

This challenge is graded ‘Tough’, which means that a good level of fitness is definitely required! Anyone who leads a fairly active and moderately healthy lifestyle should be able to complete the challenge, as long as they train regularly over a period of at least three months leading up to altitude. The hot and humid weather are constants on this challenge. While strength is important, endurance training should be your primary focus.

Walking and cycling up hills and climbing stairs are both ways to condition your lower body. Begin slowly, without the weight of a pack, eventually adding weight as you increase your training pace. Take long hikes and cycle rides (6-8 hours) with a weighted pack, up and down hills (on treks, weigh your pack with water containers and pour out the water before your descent to minimise knee stress).

Luggage Allowance & Valuables

As no formal clothes are needed, luggage should be kept to the absolute minimum – details of what to pack are provided in your Kit List. Your main kit bag, or rucksack, must not exceed 23kgs in weight.  

Each trekking day, your personal kit will be transported to the next stop by a support vehicle. You will carry a daypack for your daily needs such as sun cream, lunch, water, camera and lightweight waterproofs.

We will do everything to provide adequate safety for the group and security for your possessions. The general rule is that if you don’t need it, don’t bring it. This includes jewellery, necklaces, rings and even watches. Carry your passport with you and make sure you have a photocopy of your documents (travel insurance, passport, visa etc.) in case they get lost or damaged.

Luggage Allowance & Valuables

As no formal clothes are needed, luggage should be kept to the absolute minimum – details of what to pack are provided in your Kit List. Your main kit bag, or rucksack, must not exceed 23kgs in weight.  

Each trekking day, your personal kit will be transported to the next stop by a support vehicle. You will carry a daypack for your daily needs such as sun cream, lunch, water, camera and lightweight waterproofs.

We will do everything to provide adequate safety for the group and security for your possessions. The general rule is that if you don’t need it, don’t bring it. This includes jewellery, necklaces, rings and even watches. Carry your passport with you and make sure you have a photocopy of your documents (travel insurance, passport, visa etc.) in case they get lost or damaged.

Leadership

The UK leaders for the Borne Coast to Coast Challenge will be Alan Chambers, MBE and Wayne Hoyle. Both are extremely experienced leaders in their own right and have previously led this challenge in Costa Rica. They will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group.
We employ a number of local challenge guides, all of whom speak fluent English.

 

Alan Chambers, MBE
A former Royal Marine with 16 years service, Alan was a member of the first winter expedition to traverse Iceland by ski. 

He led the first successful British unsupported expedition from Canada to the Geographic North Pole in 2000. He has since led over a dozen North Pole expeditions with top business leaders, helping them explore and reflect on their own leadership capabilities. In 2006, Alan led a team to complete the gruelling Yukon Arctic Ultra Challenge.

In 2009, he led a team of senior executives and high achievers to the South Pole. Alan was awarded an MBE in 2000 for determination and leadership in constant adversity. He is a qualified diver, parachutist, paramedic and ski survival instructor.

 

Wayne Hoyle

Wayne began his career as a Royal Marine in the 1980s, and went on to complete Special Forces selection, serving more than 25 years in the UKSF.
As an officer in the UKSF, Wayne has been involved in every major conflict since the mid-1980s including a 2-year command assignment to the United States Seal Team Six. He was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service on two occasions for his role on operations.
Wayne was the first Royal Marines Officer to walk unsupported to the Geographic North Pole. He has led challenges across Vietnam, Cambodia, the Sahara, Central America and Africa. He established a new route on the north face of Kilimanjaro in 2017 and has helped raise millions for charities.

Leadership

The UK leaders for the Borne Coast to Coast Challenge will be Alan Chambers, MBE and Wayne Hoyle. Both are extremely experienced leaders in their own right and have previously led this challenge in Costa Rica. They will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group.
We employ a number of local challenge guides, all of whom speak fluent English.

 

Alan Chambers, MBE
A former Royal Marine with 16 years service, Alan was a member of the first winter expedition to traverse Iceland by ski. 

He led the first successful British unsupported expedition from Canada to the Geographic North Pole in 2000. He has since led over a dozen North Pole expeditions with top business leaders, helping them explore and reflect on their own leadership capabilities. In 2006, Alan led a team to complete the gruelling Yukon Arctic Ultra Challenge.

In 2009, he led a team of senior executives and high achievers to the South Pole. Alan was awarded an MBE in 2000 for determination and leadership in constant adversity. He is a qualified diver, parachutist, paramedic and ski survival instructor.

 

Wayne Hoyle

Wayne began his career as a Royal Marine in the 1980s, and went on to complete Special Forces selection, serving more than 25 years in the UKSF.
As an officer in the UKSF, Wayne has been involved in every major conflict since the mid-1980s including a 2-year command assignment to the United States Seal Team Six. He was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service on two occasions for his role on operations.
Wayne was the first Royal Marines Officer to walk unsupported to the Geographic North Pole. He has led challenges across Vietnam, Cambodia, the Sahara, Central America and Africa. He established a new route on the north face of Kilimanjaro in 2017 and has helped raise millions for charities.

Group Size

Your group is intended to be a minimum of 16 people in order to run and a maximum of 24 people.

Group Size

Your group is intended to be a minimum of 16 people in order to run and a maximum of 24 people.

Clothing & Equipment

Good quality, durable kit could mean the difference between a fantastic challenge experience and an uncomfortable one. For this challenge, waterproof, well-worn in (not leather) boots will be indispensable, particularly coupled with some really good quality walking socks. You don’t need a clean pair every day, but enough to make sure you have dry socks each morning.

The benefits of a comfortable day sack cannot be underestimated, so make sure that you train with this.

Other essentials are a lightweight waterproof jacket and trousers, and technical/wicking t-shirts rather than cotton shirts. You must bring your own cycle helmet, padded shorts and gloves and a lightweight sleeping bag with you.

A full kit list for this challenge is available for download on the website, and once you book you will have access to kit discounts with our clothing and equipment partners.

Clothing & Equipment

Good quality, durable kit could mean the difference between a fantastic challenge experience and an uncomfortable one. For this challenge, waterproof, well-worn in (not leather) boots will be indispensable, particularly coupled with some really good quality walking socks. You don’t need a clean pair every day, but enough to make sure you have dry socks each morning.

The benefits of a comfortable day sack cannot be underestimated, so make sure that you train with this.

Other essentials are a lightweight waterproof jacket and trousers, and technical/wicking t-shirts rather than cotton shirts. You must bring your own cycle helmet, padded shorts and gloves and a lightweight sleeping bag with you.

A full kit list for this challenge is available for download on the website, and once you book you will have access to kit discounts with our clothing and equipment partners.

Accommodation & Toilets

Accommodation
Accommodation will be in twin rooms at hotels and normally two-person tents at campsites. At Santa Maria de Dota, depending on the number of participants, we will either camp or stay in cabins. All bedding and sleeping mats will be provided for you. If you would like your own room/tent, this can be arranged if there is availability but there will be a single room supplement. Please let Charity Challenge know if you are travelling with a friend or partner who you wish to share with. 

Toilets
Toilet tents are supplied during the challenge. They are set up near the campsite at specific locations away from watercourses. Toilet paper is provided. During the cycling and trekking days, you will have to make use of the bushes and rocks. Please ensure you have a few nappy bags to dispose of used toilet roll, and hand sanitiser.

Accommodation & Toilets

Accommodation
Accommodation will be in twin rooms at hotels and normally two-person tents at campsites. At Santa Maria de Dota, depending on the number of participants, we will either camp or stay in cabins. All bedding and sleeping mats will be provided for you. If you would like your own room/tent, this can be arranged if there is availability but there will be a single room supplement. Please let Charity Challenge know if you are travelling with a friend or partner who you wish to share with. 

Toilets
Toilet tents are supplied during the challenge. They are set up near the campsite at specific locations away from watercourses. Toilet paper is provided. During the cycling and trekking days, you will have to make use of the bushes and rocks. Please ensure you have a few nappy bags to dispose of used toilet roll, and hand sanitiser.

Food & Drink

Most breakfasts and dinners will be served at the hotels/lodges/camps or at local restaurants. Lunches are a combination of local restaurants and/or picnic meals. Water and snacks will be supplied during the biking/trekking days; participants need to bring a water bottle for refill. Please let us know prior to departure if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies. All dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice. Please let Charity Challenge know prior to departure if you have any dietary requirements or allergies.

Food & Drink

Most breakfasts and dinners will be served at the hotels/lodges/camps or at local restaurants. Lunches are a combination of local restaurants and/or picnic meals. Water and snacks will be supplied during the biking/trekking days; participants need to bring a water bottle for refill. Please let us know prior to departure if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies. All dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice. Please let Charity Challenge know prior to departure if you have any dietary requirements or allergies.

Money

Currency: Costa Rica uses the colon as its currency, USD$ are also widely used. For up to date currency exchange, go to www.xe.com. You should ideally bring a combination of colons and dollars, or bring dollars that you can change into colons on arrival in Costa Rica.
Credit Cards: Credit cards are welcomed in Costa Rica but take cash when outside of the cities. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants. 
ATMs: You will find ATMs in San Jose, located in the airport, the city centre or near banks.  The town of Orosi, Santa Maria and Quepos will also have ATMs.
How much to bring: You will not need a large amount of money during this trip, as most expenses are included. You should only need money for tips, food & drink (additional), gifts and souvenirs. On average around £250- £400 plus a credit card in case of an emergency, should suffice. Keep in mind that, other than at the start and end of the trip, you will normally be away from any foreign exchanges or banks. We therefore recommend that you carry some cash. You will mainly need colons and just enough dollars in small denominations for the staff tips for this trip. 
Tipping: Tipping is personal and at your sole discretion. You should only tip if you feel that you have received good service. We recommend the equivalent of approx. US$10 per person per day (approx $70) in colons (ideally in small denominations), and this should be given to the challenge leader during the trek who will distribute it among the support team, including guides, assistant guides cooks, and porters.

Money

Currency: Costa Rica uses the colon as its currency, USD$ are also widely used. For up to date currency exchange, go to www.xe.com. You should ideally bring a combination of colons and dollars, or bring dollars that you can change into colons on arrival in Costa Rica.
Credit Cards: Credit cards are welcomed in Costa Rica but take cash when outside of the cities. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants. 
ATMs: You will find ATMs in San Jose, located in the airport, the city centre or near banks.  The town of Orosi, Santa Maria and Quepos will also have ATMs.
How much to bring: You will not need a large amount of money during this trip, as most expenses are included. You should only need money for tips, food & drink (additional), gifts and souvenirs. On average around £250- £400 plus a credit card in case of an emergency, should suffice. Keep in mind that, other than at the start and end of the trip, you will normally be away from any foreign exchanges or banks. We therefore recommend that you carry some cash. You will mainly need colons and just enough dollars in small denominations for the staff tips for this trip. 
Tipping: Tipping is personal and at your sole discretion. You should only tip if you feel that you have received good service. We recommend the equivalent of approx. US$10 per person per day (approx $70) in colons (ideally in small denominations), and this should be given to the challenge leader during the trek who will distribute it among the support team, including guides, assistant guides cooks, and porters.

Phone and WiFi

During your stay in San Jose and Manuel Antonio you will have good wi-fi access and phone signal. On camping days there will be no wi-fi and phone signal will be extremely limited.

Phone and WiFi

During your stay in San Jose and Manuel Antonio you will have good wi-fi access and phone signal. On camping days there will be no wi-fi and phone signal will be extremely limited.

Emergencies

The event is not run as a race and there is always a large discrepancy in people’s walking abilities. This is allowed for. There will be a staff member at the back of the group at all times to ensure that you are not left behind and can take things at your own pace. In the event of an emergency all guides and leaders maintain contact via radio, and the support vehicle not be far away. If somebody is unable to walk at all, then we can transport him or her from one location to the next.

Emergencies

The event is not run as a race and there is always a large discrepancy in people’s walking abilities. This is allowed for. There will be a staff member at the back of the group at all times to ensure that you are not left behind and can take things at your own pace. In the event of an emergency all guides and leaders maintain contact via radio, and the support vehicle not be far away. If somebody is unable to walk at all, then we can transport him or her from one location to the next.

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