Forest Evasion 2018

Forest of Dean

13th - 15th April

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What is Forest Evasion?

Forest Evasion is our annual competition with the aim of meeting and interacting with other like-minded clubs. 2018 will be the 6th year the competition has run. This page is designed to give an overview of what to expect from Evasion, full rules will be sent to participants ahead of the competition.

The Competition

Evasion is a 24 hour competition designed to appeal to outdoor societies, Scout Networks and SSAGO clubs with teams of 'Evaders' (4-7 people) or 'Catchers' (working in pairs or as a team). The Evaders' task is to navigate between a number of given checkpoints while the Catchers attempt to find them. Each time a catching team catches an evading team they gain points and the Evaders lose a life. Ultimately the teams with the most lives or the most points after 24 hours are the winners.

When is it?

In 2018 the competition will take place on the weekend of 13th - 15th April, with the actual competition taking place on the Saturday - Sunday


This year we're really excited to be returning to the Forest of Dean, a beautiful location which presents a great competition area. We've run the competition in the Forest Of Dean twice before and are excited to be returning

How much does it cost?

The cost for this years competition will be £11 per person which includes overnight camping (On Friday and Saturday) at Botany Bay Campsite, a badge and (New for this year!) some delicious dinner on the saturday night. It also covers hiring the forest. We have tried to reduce costs as much as we can and we do not aim to make any profit from the event.

How do I sign up?

Sign up for 2018 is now open. Simply fill out the form online or download and email it back to and you'll be ready to go. Sign up closes on March 31st.

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What previous competitors thought

Sign Up Form

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Rules and Kit List

  • Teams of Evaders consist of 4-7 people
  • Competitiors must be between the ages of 18 - 35 and part of a registered organisation such as University, Scouts or Guides
  • Evaders must navigate between given checkpoints. Catchers aim to 'catch' (tag) evading teams. Evaders lose 1 life if caught. Catchers gain points depending on how many lives a caught team has. The evading team that completes the course with least lives lost will win the evaders trophy. The catching team with most points will win the Catchers Trophy. After a team is caught they will have 15 minutes free time from any catching team and 30 mins from the same catching team.
  • There will be a number of optional checkpoints along the route that allow you to gain extra lives. If attempting to get one of these checkpoints teams must remember to get to the next checkpoint at a given time.
  • Teams cannot be caught within 500m of a checkpoint whilst that checkpoint is open. If an evading team does not reach a checkpoint before it closes it must contact HQ1 phone with a 6 digit grid reference.
  • Team members must be within line of sight of one another and must be no further than 200m away from each other.
  • Anyone who is unable to show that they have any kit on the compulsory kit list may not be allowed to enter. All entrants must read the H&S briefing.
  • You are responsible for your own safety and that of your team.
  • All clothing, including shoes, should be suited to cover a long distance.
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Hiking boots
  • Base layers
  • Insulation
  • Outer shell (waterproof)
  • Socks
  • Spare socks
  • Hat, gloves, scarf, suncream etc.
  • Toilet paper
  • Food (you may buy additional food whilst competing, but we cannot guarantee where will be open, especially on sunday)
  • Torch
  • Map (O/S OL14)
  • Compass
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tent (Will be left at the campsite)
  • Sleeping equipment
Time Activity
Friday Evening People Arrive / Set up tents / Campfire
Saturday Morning Teams cook breakfast and prepare
Saturday Evening Teams finish day 1 and eat dinner. Another campfire. Teams will camp at the campsite not in the forest.
Early Sunday Morning Teams leave site early hoping to evade capture and arrive at the first checkpoint
Early Sunday Afternoon Competition ends, prizes awarded, people go home exausted but happy

Previous Winners

The competition first ran in 2013, the winners to date are as follows:


2017 - CUHWC Duffers

2016 - Southampton City Network (Tom Candy, Peter Ogilvie, Arshad Emmambux )

2015 - Cambridge University Hillwalking Club (Philip Withnall, Vicky Ward, Joe Hobbs, Chris Arran, Tom Leach)

2014 - Bath University Mountaineering Club (David Clare, Jon Ridley, Strachan McCormick, Martin MacDonald)

2013 - Southampton's Duke of Edinburgh Society (Rachel Manson, Charlotte Callaway, Alex Manning, Georgia Howes)

2017 Photos

We took loads of photos at Evasion 2017 take a look at them here to get an idea of what's in store.

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2016 Video

Forest Evasion 2018