Monday, 29 October 2012

Alpha Uno on the final stretch

Hola everyone!  This is Alpha Uno again, checking in approximately 101kms from when we chatted last.  Over the last 9 days we've wandered through the wilderness of the Costa Rican jungle, hiked up to the highest point of our trek and finally ended up on some semi-flat land.
Alpha 1
Alpha one - a well deserved sit down
Our 3 day stint in the jungle was an experience in itself.  Often we found ourselves slipping and sliding in mud up to the tops of our boots whilst our cries for help were drowned out by the laughter of everyone else watching us flail around uselessly.  Although the majority of the slopes we climbed resembled towering walls rather than forgiving inclines, we somehow managed to drag ourselves, and our team mates, into the light of day to stay in some of the most amazing places any of us had ever seen.  The breathtaking views we woke up to every morning more than made up for the soggy boots and caked on mud we endured the previous day.
Candle lit dinners on trek
Candle lit dinners on trek
After leaving the jungle behind we continued our ascent up massive hills, everyday coming closer to our highest altitude of 2842m above sea level.  What an incredible achievement to have walked more than 100kms, but also nearly 3kms above our starting point on the shore of the Caribbean Sea.  Many a hug was shared atop that mountain.  It was a moment all of us will remember with pride whilst recounting our trekking tales in the years to come.
Filling up on pasta
Filling up on pasta
However something to be kept in mind whilst climbing such heights: although technically closer to the sun, one must always pack a fleece and at least on pair of warm and dry socks.  This was unfortunately forgotten by many on Alpha Uno, we have instead resorted to cuddling to share body heat, eating as many meals as possible in our sleeping bags, as well as consuming copious amounts of tea and coffee.  So far this seems to be working.
Keeping warm
Keeping warm
As we enter the final chunk of our trek we welcome flat land with open arms.  It is a much needed break for our aching knees and feet.  Although we tend to begin and end these days shrouded in a fine mist, we easily breeze through 20kms days on this less hilly terrain.  This does, however, require many an early start.

Sophie signing off
Sophie signing off
On that note, Alpha Uno signs out and into the home stretch of our journey.  See you on the other side.

from Sophie, Project Comms Officer

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