The X-Rays are coming
Believe it not phase 2 is drawing to a close. After almost 3 weeks of digging trenches, building foundations, putting up walls, moving boulders, climbing volcanoes, and trekking through the jungles, the X-Ray groups will be back at fieldbase on Wednesday, another awesome experience under their belts.
The comms officer from each group will provide us with their final blog on their return but in the meantime here’s a quick update on the groups.
X-Rays 1&2: the trek is done! After 17 days of solid walking, the intrepid venturers in each group have reached their final destination...the beach (different beaches I should add!!). Tomorrow will be a well-earned day of rest before their return to fieldbase on Wednesday.
X-Ray 3: This has been one hard-core group. In today’s SITREP, they reported 125 metres of trench dug..that is a trench one metre deep ladies and gentlemen. Not content with the digging they decided to walk 19km across the stunning national park on their day off.
X-Ray 4: All are well at Playa Hermosa and, vitally, so are the turtles! The group has been busy building a barrier to protect the hatchery and continuing their night patrols.
X-Ray 5: The group has been working very hard and finished their work for the phase including laying the final pipes. With the work done, they were able to enjoy a camping trip to a nearby beauty spot on Saturday. They also took the time to celebrate Brian’s birthday. With a long journey ahead of them, the group will be bidding a fond farewell to their host families on Tuesday morning as they start heading back to Costa Rica.
X-Ray 6: The group has finished their phase with the wonderful satisfaction of completing their project and today were putting the final touches to the community centre that has been built over the last two phases. Like X-Ray 5 they will be leaving their village on Tuesday morning.
Fieldbase: There may not be a lot of digging or trekking going on at fieldbase but it has been a busy place. As well as the vital radio duty to keep in touch with all the groups and updating the blog; there has been circuit training every night, tough runs on the campus, planning the X-Ray games for changeover (report to follow), filming the fieldbase skit...and, most importantly, growing moustaches for ‘Movember’.
I’m sure you’re all dying to see the efforts so far...so here they are...some more impressive than others.
|Alex a fine two-tone effort!|
|Pedro he carries it off with Argentinian style|
|Reggie - have you seen this man?|
|Ross: we had to shoot it on a white background so it would show up better|
|Tom: have you ever seen a man prouder of his facial hair!|
It remains to be seen if the groups on phase have been taking part in 'Movember' but rest assured we will bring you the photos if they have!
So just two days before fieldbase is once again alive with venturers and PMs, and we'll bring final blogs from the groups along a report on the eagerly awaited X-Ray games.