We’re back from the jungle and we are alive! The teams arrived back this morning after two nights of roughing it in the wilderness; muddy, smelly, but all with a smile on their face - Phew!
The groups set out for trek at 1pm on Monday feeling fuelled and ready after a top-notch lunch from Sandra our culinary goddess. After a few hours trekking the groups made it to their first destination where they spent the night camping out in tents. Step one of jungle camp training - putting up a tent, tricky. Thankfully, all our groups managed this just fine and were able to rest peacefully in the security of their homemade luxury accommodation. The next morning the groups woke up bright-eyed and bushey tailed at 3.30am, ready to trek on to destination number two, the river, to try their hand at some river crossing!
I won't lie there were a few knock downs and tumbles and for some the water was perhaps a little too deep than anticipated (they got very wet), but for most the trip across was a huge success and everybody came out feeling very chuffed with themselves; a sterling effort from everybody.
|The huddle technique - a winner everytime|
|Ross giving us a few pointers|
It wasn’t long after that before the teams pushed on trekking, soggy shorts and all, and reached their final destination – the jungle! Unfortunately for our trekkers, their cheers of jubilation were drowned out by the sounds of the pouring rain and roaring thunder. But that didn’t stop our troops from ploughing on. After a few more demonstrations from Ross, including his ‘cutting rope with rope’ number that he failed to succeed in (apparently because the string was wet... we aren’t buying this excuse) each group cracked on and began setting up, I mean, pimping out their jungle camps, and all in the pouring rain. There were basher beds, hammocks and even some home-made tables and a couple of bars being made from spare parts of bamboo! The jungle was looking first class last night, even if we do say so ourselves.
|Some of the guys went all out on their designs - check out Logistics team member Catherine's Four poster basher hammock!|
|Medic Laura looking snug in her mozzy net|
The next day began with another early start with the groups surfacing at 3.30am to take down their camps, waffle down some porridge and make their way back to fieldbase. The trek back was not quite as smooth as the first however. Amazingly, one member from every group managed to injure themselves on the trek home, all in different parts of the body - can you believe it!? There were knee injuries, ankle breaks and even a snake bite! This can only mean one thing…CASEVAC! This was all of course just a cunning plan to get some more training in for the teams, not surprising considering that every man down happened to be medic. However, the teams stood up to the challenge and managed and controlled each situation perfectly.
|And the blisters have arrived...|
Next blog - PM project allocations! Exciting times ahead. See you then for more fun and games.
*Blog written by Dawn Tennant and photo’s by Kat Mammone, unless otherwise stated.