Friday, 20 January 2012


Title doesn't quite roll off the tongue does it? ....sigh....
I’m a man of my word. As promised here’s the scoop on some of the first-rate projects being undertaken by venturers on Expedition 12B, you lucky things, you:
Community phase
Miraflor Disaster Relief Housing project, Nicaragua
An incredible opportunity to work in an unbelievable setting, with possibly the friendliest and most hospitable people on the planet.
The gorgeous Miraflor Reserve is 206sqkm of beautiful mountainous terrain with various different ecosystems such as tropical savannah, dry tropical forest and mountain cloud forest.
Within the reserve there are a number of communities living through subsistence farming and gaining income from coffee growing, cattle farming and some small tourism initiatives. However the people have few resources and lack access to basic services such as health and education.
Towards the end of 2011, Miraflor was hit with a spate of bad weather and Raleigh groups will be working on a disaster relief project to rebuild houses in communities affected. 

Adventure Phase
Corcovado Trek
Grab yer boots, and lace ‘em tight. This is a corker of a trek.
Starting in the stunning montane La Amistad National Park, the largest national park in Costa Rica and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the trek gets the chance to walk through beautiful mountain scenery and towering cloud forest. After passing by waterfalls and hot springs the group will cross the Coto Brus valley to the Fila Costena – a chain of mountains that run parallel to the sea.
Once they are out of the mountains the group will finish the trek by crossing the famous Corcovado National Park that straddles the Osa Peninsula, walking through the best preserved tropical rainforest in Central America. The group will have a chance to see monkeys and Tapirs before the walk along the beaches of the Pacific Ocean for three days to meet the bus home.

Environmental Phase
Braulio Carillo National Park, Volcan Barva Sector
Possibly the closest you’ll get to playing Tarzan...

This phase will work at Volcan Barva sector of the Braulio Carrillo National Park – a stunning area of primary cloudforest situated on the Cordillera Central. Braulio Carrillo National Park abounds with animals, birds, insects and plants. The reserve acts as a biological corridor between many neighbouring protected areas. Raleigh has been approached to build a water system for the ranger station in this sector so that the rangers are able to manage and control this important protected area.

We are now a full complement of Advance Fieldbase staff as Lucinda our medic has arrived. Hopefully she will be underutilised (I think you understand what I mean by this). Below is a snap of your advanced fieldbase team. Compliments on haircuts and dress sense are most welcome.

1 comment:

  1. Rachel from Raleigh Borneo22 January 2012 at 05:21

    Hello Costa Rica from the Comms officer on expedition in Raleigh Borneo! Great blog. Wishing you all the best for the upcoming expedition, Rachel.



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