Alpha 3 spent their environmental phase in the mountains of Chirripo National Park. Cerro Chirripo, which we summited twice has a height of 3820 metres, being not only the highest mountain in Costa Rica but also the highest in the whole of Central America. From the top we were fortunate enough to see both the Pacific and Carribean Oceans.
We succeeded in our task of renovating and improving the paths and managed more than 10km, excavating trenches and removing thousands of rocks. It was heavy manual labour at high altitude but the view of the surrounding landscape and the group spirit made it all worthwhile. The experience of getting up to the top and this incredible park all to ourselves is on that we will never forget.
“Since climbing Chirripo, I feel a much stronger person. I never thought I would reach the top so now feel I can achieve anything.” Poppy Blunan, 11L Venturer.
So that is it for Alpha 4’s trip to Playa Hermosa. What a time we’ve all had. We completed every task; building the sea defences - a 9ft high wall made from driftwood with a huge trench behind it – as well as releasing thousands of baby turtles and stopping more poachers than we can remember.
It took a little while for us to bond as a group but once we did, there wasn’t anyone that could stop us from completing every task put in front of us.
But for now the 11L Alpha 4 group of Geoff, Tyla, Delun, Clare, Mark, Chelsie, Julie, Christiany, Jonathan, Anna, James and PMs Owen and Gemma have completed their first phase and we’rte all hoping that whatever comes next will be at least as good our time at Playa Hermosa.