Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Bienvenido II

Numbers swelled on Monday at fieldbase as fresh faced from a 6am San Jose – Turrialba bus ride, the Venturer Managers rolled into HQ – huzzah.

After a traditional breakfast of Gallo Pinto (rice and beans) cooked by the indispensable Sandra (who has been an ever present since the first Costa Rica/Nicaragua expedition) it was onto the tour, with Raleigh veterans Pedro and Claire showing the troops (VMs) around the barracks (house/office).

After a refreshing dip in the pool (swim test) it was back to base for Comms training, setting up radios and practising calling in SITREPs (Situation Reports) to fieldbase – before settling in early to recover from the ardours of trans-Atlantic travel.

The second day of VM training has continued in similar vein. The morning was spent understanding health and safety procedures resulting in some entertaining performances in the group role plays ( is Tim Salt the new Colin Firth?) before a comprehensive run through of medical procedures and theory by our Medics. Lucinda, Joseph, Caroline, Jessica, Clare, Katie and Jayshree take a bow. Finally Raleigh guru, Ross gave a run through of packing for trek; let’s just say hikers will be fairly ‘aromatic’ by the end of it!

The VMs arrive
Comms - a team effort
Radio - pretty nifty piece of kit
Comms Hub
Interpretitive New Age Dance/Transport Safety
Interpretitive New Age Dance II
As you may have guessed our training on Wednesday continues with trekking, as groups tackle the Costa Rican countryside. Wild camping, river crossings, jungle training and Casevacs (Casualty Evacuation) will all be undertaken in the next couple of days. Until then...

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