Designed to be a fun, challenging, and exciting day of activity for you and your work colleagues.

The event is based around four distinct areas of challenge – The Mountain Stage, The Wild River Stage, the Lake Stage and the Field Stage.

Your team will compete against other teams from your workplace, gaining points for completing a variety of tasks.

Throughout the day, the Sam Sykes™ team will be on hand to ensure your safety, understanding, and enjoyment of the day.

1. The Mountain Stage

Physical Grit

Your team of 10 – 14 participants will be transported from base to the start point of the mountain stage. As a team, participants will be timed on a set course down the mountain to the Wild River Stage. During this stage a Sam Sykes™ instructor will be supervising your team for safety and navigation reasons.

The aim of this stage is for the team to support and encourage each other to get to the end point as quickly as possible, but without taking undue risk en route.

2. The Wild River Stage

Conquering Fear

Your team of 10 – 14 participants will tackle the wild river stage by making their way down one of the most famous and exciting mountain rivers in the Lake District. The journey will require you to overcome any fears by leaping into raging torrents from cliff tops – all whilst all under the supervision of the Sam Sykes™ team. As your team makes their way down the river, you will have the opportunity for a few jumps, which will equate to points for your team, so the more of your team that can overcome their fears, the more points your team earns.

Wetsuits and helmets will be provided, which can be changed into and out of at the start and end of this stage.

3. The Lake Stage

Teamwork and Leadership

Your team of 10 – 14 participants will have the resources provided to build a raft that you will use to complete a course on the lake. The quicker that you can build, paddle, and complete the course on the raft, the better for your teams chances of winning.

All buoyancy aids and helmets will be provided, and of course this event is not too far away from base where you can take a hot shower if your raft sinks!

4. The Field Stage

Intellect and Calm

In your team of 10 – 14 participants, this stage will really test your capability to stay calm, and find solutions. Several challenges will be given to your team, who must work together so that they can complete the tasks against the clock. The faster the times, the better for your chances of winning. Some challenges will have appointed leaders and some are leaderless.

The idea of these challenges is to be light hearted and fun, but to succeed, you must work well with your team and complete all of the tasks.

How does the Ultimate Quadathlon work?

The Ultimate Quadathlon has four components which could be done differing order…

Running order of the day/Overview itinerary

All participants will be split into four groups A,B,C and D. You will find out what group you will be in on the run up to the event. Below is an idea of how the day may work, but the specifics will be given to you at the briefing on the day.

Example schedule

Group A Group B Group C Group D
08:45 – 09:10 Breakfast & Coffee
09:10 – 09:30 Briefing
09:30 – 11:00 Mountain Mountain Lake Field
11:00 – 12:30 River River Field Lake
12:30 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:30 Field Lake Mountain Mountain
14:30 – 16:00 Lake Field River River
16:30 – 16:55 Presentation
17:00 onwards Departure

What clothing do I require

Each participant will be getting wet both in the morning and in the afternoon, so please bring a couple of sets of clothes to change into at base in Coniston, and a towel so you can dry yourself off. Showers are available at the base too. All of the challenges are based outside and will require clothing and footwear appropriate to an outside environment. Footwear choice is really important, so please do bring walking boots, or sturdy shoes with a good sole for the mountain stage. It is also worthwhile having a pair of trainers that you are OK to get wet for the river and lake stage.

In short you will be getting wet, muddy and potentially a little cold, so please bring clothing appropriate for the event. May I also ask for you to bring a small holdall which will contain all of your spare clothing & footwear etc which we will look after at base for you. During the mountain stage it is worth wearing clothing you can get wet which you will wear under a wetsuit when you get to the river stage. We will make sure your holdall meets you there so you can change anything, especially your footwear if you want to.

Summary of things to bring…

  • Spare clothing (man made materials are better – Cotton gets wet and is cold, and difficult to dry)
  • Waterproofs
  • Trainers
  • Walking boots
  • Towel
  • A small holdall which you can easily identify and can contain all of your stuff


A great big positive experience

The day is designed to be a great big positive experience for all of you. You will never be forced to do anything that you don’t want to, and although the four teams are competing against each other, we want to approach the whole event in a light hearted way which all of you enjoy.

There is a medical and consent form which you will have to fill out for us. All of this information is held confidentially, and it is important that you tell us abut any condition or injury you have so that my team and I are best prepared to assist you if required.

If something comes up between filling out the form and meeting us, please let any of the Sam Sykes™ team know in confidence.

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