Bravo 1 are back from their first roadtrip and have brought an update from Zulu 1 blogger Katie. This is followed by a report on our epic ascent of Volcan Turrialba.
We started walking at 9am on Saturday morning with our jungle guide Helberth. The day started with some particularly boggy areas where we went up to our calves in mud. People were quite apprehensive going through it and getting stuck in the mud so PM Bruce inspired us by yelling “get in the mud!” every five minutes!!!
In terms of distance we completed 5km which doesn’t sound like a lot with the steepness and mud it was certainly a challenge. We arrived at ‘camp’ for the night and had an early night to prepare ourselves for our daily 4am wake-up call! Lisa learnt a lesson in the evening when she put her socks a little too close for comfort to the fire to dry them out and when she came back she only had half a sock remaining!
Day 2 saw more jungle trekking and long grassy areas before we arrived at ‘murder mansion’ at 10am so everyone was in good spirits. The majority of us had fallen over at some point during the day but Afsy definitely took the prize when she fell into a stream and couldn’t get up for laughing so much. We had fun in ‘murder mansion’ where there were great views of the jungle. The story of the house is that two brothers lived there. They had an argument and one killed the other...it is now a great stop off point for trekkers!!
On day 3 we reached the end of the jungle and found ourselves overlooking a beautiful valley...an amazing, tranquil spot. Here we set up camp and steeled ourselves for the next day’s challenge...climbing Volcan Turrialba.
After some fairly serious off-road action and an hour’s walk in heavy rain, we met up with the Zulu 1, who were preparing themselves for the following day’s ascent of the 3340m Volcan Turrialba, whose billowing smoke can be seen from fieldbase.
With PM Barney having motivated the group with descriptions of the stunning views of the Carribbean that we could expect during the ascent, there was a little disappointment when we awoke to the sound of pouring rain and the hardy trekkers pulled on wet clothes for the third morning running!
However, this is a tough bunch. They weren’t to be put off by a bit of moisture in the air and tackled the 1000m almost vertical ascent with gusto. Passing through lush green fields, thick, muddy forest and then impossibly steep slopes, the group pushed on taking regular breaks to fill the lungs.
It has to be said, when the group reached the top there weren’t the whoops of joy you might expect. I imagine this was mixture of extreme tiredness and fact the promised views were somewhat hidden by a thick bank of cloud. But then, right on cue, the cloud cleared and the group caught their first sight of the active volcano....then the cheers came.
A truly outstanding effort from a very determined group of venturers, who Bravo 1 left enjoying the amazing views.
|Tired and wet but they made it!|
|Only to be greeted by this!!|
|But then the skies cleared and the smiles came out!|
|This is what it's all about.|
|Zulu 1 an awesome team of trekkers.|