2017 Events Highlights and 2018 Dates

hillary-outdoors_darrenAn update on all the latest Events news from our Events Manager, Darren Ashmore (pictured left)…

Events Round Up

We are nearly at the end of another busy year for our outdoor adventure events programme. Just under 2400 secondary school students from around 140 schools across the country took part in one of our 20 Get2Go and Hillary Challenge events in 2017.

Our events are about encouraging students to get out of the classroom to work together with their teammates on some cool challenges, while utilising the skills that found in the sport of Adventure Racing. All events cater to a range of experience levels and the core disciplines are typically Mountain Biking, Orienteering/Navigation, Kayak/SUP, Ropes/Climbing.

The core disciplines are tied together with important ‘team’ skills such as –

  • the ability to communicate honestly and effectively
  • the ability to work together to solve problems
  • the ability to make quick decisions under pressure
  • self and group leadership
  • time management
  • establishing trust
  • the ability to recognise strengths and weaknesses of team members
  • compassion for your fellow team members
  • environmental awareness

Hillary Outdoors EventsOver the years we have seen many students participate in both out Junior Get2Go when in year 9 and 10, then move on to give our Senior Get2Go and Hillary Challenge events a go also. Many get so inspired through these experiences that they continue participating in one of the core disciplines in their adult lives. Several develop such a passion that they take it to the elite level and now race internationally in Adventure Racing teams. Some have represented New Zealand in events like the Xterra World Champs, World Orienteering Champs and Coast to Coast Multi-sport World Champs. We love seeing this and hearing about the experiences of participants in past events.


Get2Go ChallengeGet2Go Final

Following our successful 12 event regional series in term 3 that saw 1600 students participate, we now have the top 12 junior adventure racing teams from around the country joining us for the National Get2Go Final, at our Great Barrier Island Centre from 3-8th December. The 5-day long challenge will test the teams in a whole range of outdoors skills as well as their stamina, endurance and ability to work well together as a team. The 2016 champions New Plymouth Girls and Boys High will be back to try and defend their title. They will be joined by the following schools –

  • Whangarei Girls/Boys High (Northland region)
  • Westlake Girls/Boys High (Waitakere/North Harbour region)
  • Western Springs College (Auckland/Counties Manukau region)
  • St Pauls/Waikato Dio (Waikato region)
  • Trident High (Bay of Plenty region)
  • Taradale High (Hawkes Bay region)
  • Kapiti College (Wellington/Manawatu/Wairarapa region)
  • Waimea College (Nelson/Tasman region)
  • Cashmere High (Canterbury/Northern Aoraki region)
  • Kavanagh College (Otago/Southland region)
  • Mt Aspiring College (Central Otago/Southland region)

Dates and registration for 2018 events

Hillary Outdoors Get2GoWith Torpedo7 on board as our sponsor across our Events Programme, the 2018 dates for our 20 events have been set and information about these is up on our website on the individual events pages as well as our new calendar. The links to the online registration forms for each event will go live at the start of Term 1 and registrations will be taken on a first in first served basis, so be sure to get in early as most events have a limited number of team places. Remember all our Get2Go (Junior and Senior) and Hillary Challenge 6hr events are designed to cater for students with all levels of experience. A little bit of fitness and a positive ‘give it a go’ attitude is all that is needed to take part in the fun and enjoy the events.

Social media

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all the updates and photos from our events and centre based programmes. Just look for @hillaryoutdoors on each of these platforms. We will have loads of coverage of the Get2Go final next month going out via these sources, so tune it to keep up with the action. Also, don’t forget to tag us in your own posts so we can see what you are up to. Use these tags –  #hillaryoutdoors , #get2go , #hillarychallenge , #outdooreducation  , #outdooradventure