Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Alpha 3 (Chirripo) Blog Update by Reinier

It’s the 29th of October today. Phase one is coming to an end, time to write my second blog. We have been here for exactly two weeks now. Two weeks full of shovelling, push ups and beans. Two weeks in which we became acclimatised to the cold and the altitude, in which we managed to complete numerous kilometres of trails. Dinora one of the host country venturers, from Nicaragua, learned some very valuable English.
The first week here in Chirripo National Park was a very wet one. The rain would hammer down as early as 11am unfailingly, drenching us by the time we returned to base Crestones. However, in the past week the sun reappeared, giving us some incredible days with blue skies. With this sunny weather more wildlife surfaced and visibility of the peak improved immensely.
On one of these beautiful days the ranger gave us a day off to explore the many trails. We decided to climb the second highest peak in Costa Rica, Ventesqueros. There is only eight metres difference between Ventesqueros and Chirripo (the highest mountain). The trek to Ventesqueros was steeper and physically more demanding. But the clear skies and mind blowing view from the top made the trek worth it. We could see the surrounding city below, countless lagoons and of course an incredible view of Chirripo. Given the altitude the sun was much stronger and a few of us (notably the pale skinned English) got sun burned. To cool down we had a quick and I mean quick swim in the freezing cold lake. The perfect day ended with a beautiful sunset. This is living!

The Ranger clearly underestimated us. We already finished the work we were meant to do at the end of the first week. We made him a happy man! The downside of finishing our scheduled work so quickly is that we had to work on paths that were far away from base Crestones. On our last day of work we had to tackle a 2.5km descent to arrive at the worksite and a 3.5km climb back to the ranger station, packed with spades and pickaxes.
The past two weeks have flown by. Tomorrow we are going up Chirripo for the second and last time with a new group of visitors from Fieldbase. Monday is our last day and it is Tuesday that we descend back down and return to Fieldbase.    





10 comments:

  1. To Sabrine Napthine Alpha 5......

    HI SABRINE HERE COMMING ANDREEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSS's songs!!!!

    Pompiri pompiri pompiri pompiri pin!!
    Pompiri pompiri pompiri pompiri pin!!

    Buenos buenos buenos, buenos buenos dias! (AGAIN)

    OGUI OGUI OGUEEEYYY!!! OY OY OY!!!

    PARAN PARAN PAN PAN..... HEY!

    OOOH OOH OHH OOOOOHH OOOOH OH OH OH OH!!!!

    SABRINA TE AMOOOOO!!!!! jejejejej

    Hi sabrine i hope that you're very very well enjoying nicaragua again... its very close of our last project, in zacatal, i think that you past for them saying hi! jeje...

    i send you a lot kisses and hugs... love you so much!! and im really miss you!!! ;)
    i hope see you soon!! ;)

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  2. Para Bruce!!!

    MAEEEEEEEEE BRUCEEEEEEEEEE sigale poniendo sabor, soy el atarantado de andres (macho) con el que le estallamos todas las bombas del mundo a aquella wila que estaba durmiendo, el que es compa suyo, el que se topo en la pizzeria de turri, el que..... que... y ... que.... CALIDAD PAPA me alegra demasiado verlo tan contento disfrutando de lo excelente y maravilloso que es raleigh....

    un super abrazo mi compa!!!

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  3. To: Noor Vollebregt, Alpha 2, 11 L

    Lieve lieve Noor, snel een berichtje, wellicht krijg je dit dan nog wanneer je op de basis bent! Wat was het fijn om je stem weer te horen! En al je verhalen, wat hebben jullie veel meegemaakt! Wel heel jammer dat de post er zolang over doet, er is veel onderweg naar Costa Rica. Wat fijn dat je "voeten" de tocht zo goed hebben doorstaan, ik was hier zo bang voor! Wel pech dat je zo'n last van je rug en nek hebt gehad! Heb je nu nog last? Je hebt denk ik het grootste deel "trekken" achter de rug, benieuwd wat je volgende project zal zijn! Veel plezier deze dagen en geniet van alle "luxe" op de basis, wasmachine, "koude" douche, winkeltje op maar slechts 1 km afstand, BBQ etc. etc.! Geniet van dit bijzondere avontuur, wij zijn trots op je, wij missen je, big hug, love you, xxxpappie en mammiexxx en natuurlijk heel veel liefs van iedereen hier!xxx

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  4. Tom Coombs 11L, Alpha 3

    Hi Tom,

    Hey, two weeks in Chirripo National Park sound just incredible, albeit very hard work, particularly in the rain, but at last we see you've now had some sunshine and clear visibility, especially up Ventesqueros, Buena Vista !! We've of course seen all the photos posted on the Blog and those views are spectacular aren't they ? You should be back at Field base by the time you read this having a well deserved break, a shower and 'luxury' accomodation ! We're wondering where you'll be off to next, you'll probably have your briefing soon, so good luck with the next stage of the project. We feel like we're with you when we read the Blog and see the photos, so ask them to keep them coming. How's your spanish coming on ?

    Love you and miss you lots.
    Mum & Dad. xx

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  5. Hey Poppy (Alpha 3), by the time you read this you will be back at Fieldbase. I hope that you have had an amazing time so far - it certainly looks like it. I really look forward to reading the blogs, it feels like reading a story each week, but it's about you and your group! It is dark by about 5pm here now and winter is beginning to set in. Bonfire night is in 2 day's time and won't be the same without you... Julia, David and Xander are coming round, as usual, for our stunning display of fireworks!!! Pod is working loads and Kim is resting loads (no only joking - he has been working a lot at school and has just come back from a survival camp in the grounds of a large country house!). Email me if you can - I would love to hear how you are. Lots of love, Yor Ma xxx

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  6. Hello :) This message is for Kenneth Lo, but I don't know which group he's in.

    Heya Ken, hope you're having an awesome time, seems like dressing up like a girl has made you recover from being ill. Perhaps you should do that more to recover from your latest injuries quickly.

    xox

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  7. For Nur Huzaima Mahrom of Alpha 1

    Hello boo, how's Costa Rica? I was really happy to hear your voice this morning. I must say, it has been a while. I miss you and I hope you are having a wonderful and enriching time in Costa Rica. Just don't love it too much.... I want you back home here. Can't wait to see you again in a couple more weeks.

    Love you
    Dino

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  8. For Delun Jones 11L Alpha 4
    Hi Delun, hope you enjoyed phase one and successfully finished your work at Playa Hermosa. I wonder how many turtles were released while Alpha 4 were there? Looking forward to finding out via the blog what you'll be doing for phase two. We wish there were more photos of you all- we want to see the venturers in action! Good luck in your next task. Hope you have a great time and enjoy all challenges. Take care, love you loads, miss u loads, mam and stu and all xxxxxxxxxx

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  9. Floris Muller Alpha 1
    Hé Floor, Je krijgt de groeten van Olivier uit Borneo. Hij was in de eerste fase in het maagdelijk regenwoud van Borneo (beschermd, niemand mag er in zonder gids) en is helemaal verkocht! Zag een echte Orang Oetan op 5 m afstand en sliep de hele 2 weken in zijn hangmatje tussen de bomen van 40m hoog en hoger.
    Hij gaat nu Community doen en belde vandaag met de groeten voor jou en je moeder die hem een blog stuurde. Tot gauw, Annemiek

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  10. Marette de Vos - Alpha 5

    LIFIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
    Hoe is het, ik heb je gister aan de tel gehad(Anna) Maaar alsnog!!!! Je mist helemaaal niks hier dat weeetje! En je moet er van genieten! en we missen je wel heel erg, maar jij moet ons niet te veel missen! Ik ben nu bij sall, en ik help haar even met een berichtje want ze had het echt al 5 keer geprobeerd maar begreep de site niet!!! Dus heeeeel veeel plezieer nog, zoek liefde bij olifantjes en giraffjes en alle lieve diertjes! En ken geen schaamte, poep gewoon in de vierkante gaten!

    1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 kusjes Sally en Anna <3 <3

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