By: Blonde One

Now, by the phrase ‘old friends’ I don’t mean friends that are past a certain age, I mean friends that have been friends for a long time. It is about this time of year when all of the Ten Tors team managers are to be found out every weekend on the moors waiting in car parks, on top of tors and even in cafes (Fox Tor is the best) if they are very lucky and have enough staff to operate a shift system! This weekend I met up with a couple of old friends who I only see once or twice a year – usually in one of the locations already mentioned. It was lovely to catch up with the annual news on family, work and well-being and get some tips on team management, routes and time management. I always look forward to this time of year for this very reason. It is great to re-ignite friendships and make the usual promises to “see you on the event”. There is always the odd occasion when I will see a face out on Dartmoor that I definitely recognise but just can’t place: usually it will come to me eventually that I had attended a First Aid course with them or DofE training event or some outdoorsy type thing. This is also the time of year for making new friends. The Two Blondes have said before that outdoorsy people are very friendly types and we never miss an opportunity for comparing notes with other team leaders.

So, if you are one of the people that I chatted to on Sittaford Tor, at Sandy Hole Pass or in Princetown Car Park – Hello, it was good to see you!