GORE-TEX 'Are You Tough Enough' Challenge
Reckon you could hack the SAS selection yomp across the Brecon Beacons?
The latest challenge in the GORE-TEX Experience Tour series is a cracker - could you complete the infamous 'Fan Dance', a 23.5km trek through the Brecon Beacons used as a fitness and navigation skills test by British 'special forces'...
Just like the military boys and girls, you'll be aiming to complete the wilderness route in under four hours, which will test your fitness and navigational abilities to the limits - bear in mind that while 24km doesn't sound a long way, it's decidedly hilly and reaches a maximum elevation of 886m at the summit of Pen y Fan. The terrain is also notoriously tricky to navigate in poor conditions.
Getting The Skillz
You won't be totally on your own though. The successful applicants will spend a weekend learning the necessary skills from two British Military Fitness Mountain Leaders. The skills required to complete the challenge from two British Military Fitness Mountain Leaders. These will include: day and night time navigation, survival skills, pacing techniques and how best to pack your kit when you need to move fast and light.
Of course you can't pick up the necessary fitness in a weekend, but there will be a fitness test on day one to make sure you're up to the challenge ahead and to prepare you for it in advance, the team will receive a British Military Fitness six-week training plan - no excuses then.
Kitted Out By Berghaus
Last but not least, to cope with the unpredictable weather conditions in the area, while still moving light and fast, the team will be kitted out with Berghaus GORE-TEX footwear and Active Shell clothing for a combination of lightness and breathability.
Sounds like one serious challenge. If you reckon you're up to it, can either enter through Facebook www.facebook.com/GORETEX.OutdoorProducts or a new dedicated microsite www.experience-tour.com.
You have until 15 June to get your application in. After that a panel will choose the ten most suitable applicants to make up the team. The only other stipulations are that you must be over 18, prepared to follow the six-week fitness training plan and be able to travel to Wales from 1-4 September, 2012.
You can find out more about British Military Fitness at www.britmilfit.com.
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> the summit of Pen y Fan. The terrain is also notoriously tricky to navigate in poor conditions.
Posted: 09/05/2012 at 18:00