Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Alpha 3: Turrisantos Trekkers

Barbilla National Park is rich in biodiversity
Two days into this first phase and our limits are being tested to the extreme. Barbilla National Park is probably the most beautiful and serene place I have ever seen however... it is brutal!
Night 1 at Ernesto's House in Barbilla National Park
We were thrown in at the deep end on day one of our trek but after finally making it to the start of the park, we set off going from open green fields to the dense, dark and incomprehensibly muddy but incredibly beautiful rainforest in an instant.
Emily
Quick break
Though we are still faced with an extremely difficult trek ahead, through the last bit of Barbilla National Park, I have no doubt that Alpha 3 will battle through and thoroughly enjoy the adventure that we have been given the privilege to embark upon.
Cards before bed
Alpha 3 planning their route
We are presently around halfway through the park in an indigenous village. All of the people are so welcoming and kind, the house we are staying in is luxury - there's even a roof!
Dougie just before sunrise
Stunning sunrise for Alpha 3
We are all excited for the last day in the forest, caked in mud, and then for the rest of the phase and i'm sure that Alpha 3 will remain strong throughout.

Alpha 3 saying goodbye to Head Offices Leonie and Photographer Liz who joined them for 3 days.

Todays blog was written by Conrad, Alpha 3's Venturer Project Communications Officer.

38 comments:

  1. daniela carranza alpha 3 turrisantos pegadita este es mi segundo msj maria maria you know who i am ojala que haya recbido el anterior espero poder escribirle siempre si no sepa que la pienso mucho la vi toda linda you rocks jaja le mando las mejores vibras y que la pase genial la quiero mucho le mando muchos besos un gran abrazo tb... only a week but i miss you too take care good luck and bless..muaks

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  2. daniela carranza alpha 3 turrisantos pegadita este es mi segundo msj maria maria ojala que haya recbido el anterior espero poder escribirle siempre si no sepa que la pienso mucho la vi toda linda you rocks jaja le mando las mejores vibras y que la pase genial la quiero mucho le mando muchos besos un gran abrazo tb... only a week but i miss you too take care good luck and bless..muaks

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  3. Kate Killeen-Hagger6 February 2013 at 03:05

    Hi Conrad Atticus Hagger Alpha 3. Fantastic pictures of you all today. Really amazing scenery and you look in good spirits despite the brutality of the trekking! Great too to see your name on the blog! Dad Hugo and I miss you horribly and are ticking off the days - but so delighted you are having this intense experience. Hugo off skiing on Friday and really excited about it. Dad and I working on first stages of a pitch to the Indian motor-bike company, who finally got back to us. Minnie was quite ill last weekend and had a vet emergency visit, but all better now. Love you so my pet xxxx

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  4. For Olly Walrond, 13a, Alpha 5.
    Hi Ol! Love seeing the photos/videos on blog. They're so dynamic and fun.Spotted you a few times.So different from our gale force winds,sleet and hail. All fine here otherwise. Google mapped your island: amazing. Don't pop the blisters. Lots love Mum,Dad, Eric

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  5. barb libiszowski6 February 2013 at 05:06

    George Clifton Alpha 4
    Enjoy Carara. Mind the crocs! Congrats on place at PU! M & D xxxx

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  6. To Rachel Holey - Alpha 3

    Hope you have an amazing time on your trek! Looks absolutely amazing out there, am incrediby jealous :) Stay safe!! Lots of love, Will xx

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  7. Message for Freddie Brock Alpha 3
    Great to see you arrived safely. Enjoy phase 1, the photos look amazing!
    Miss you, Alice

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  8. Hi Rachel holey alpha 3
    Great blog and especially the photos. Even though it looks tough and exhausting, you are so lucky having an experience of a lifetime. All is well here. Love you lots jelly tots xxx mum xxx

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  9. For Nick Varney, Alpha 5
    Hope you are having a fantastic time. All well here, E & H in good form, 4-0 vs Middlesborough on Saturday, Simon Clegg has resigned and Ravens won 34-31. We love you and miss you lots, M & D and Dottie xxxx

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  10. Monique Quint-Kozel6 February 2013 at 14:54

    Aan Denise Quint Alpha 3,
    Lieve Nies, wat een prachtige foto's. In Barbilla National Park. Heel indrukwekkend. Het zal best zwaar zijn af en toe. Zo gaaf om met z'n allen op weg te zijn!
    We volgen jullie met veel plezier. Hou je taai en geniet!!! Dag lieverd, dikke kus van ons allemaal, mama en papa

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  11. For Katy Johnson 13A Alpha 3,
    It's fantastic to see such great pics of your trek so far. The forest looks beautiful - your mozz repellent will definitely be needed, though, I'm sure. The navigation must be a bit of a challenge? Your group looks cool & I bet you're having a laff round the camp-fire - got a feeling you might not be the only scot in the group? Can't wait to hear how you're doing.
    M & D xxx

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  12. Hi Conrad,
    Thanks for the update on Alpha 3, 'The Turrisantos Trekkers'. You all look like a great bunch. We hang on every word of the blog and it is great to see you doing well and enjoying it (is that the right word?).
    Hugo is off to the Austria tomorrow on his skiing trip - so we'll have one son in the sweltering depths of the rain forest (is it sweltering?)and one on the freezing slopes of the Alps. All is well here, we are thinking about you and I am still envious - then again I was always a gluten for punishment. We'll write again soon. Take care, Love Dad. x

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  13. Message for Freddie Brock Alpha 3
    Great to see you arrived. The photos look amazing and the weather looks considerably better than the UK!
    Alice M

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  14. Message for Jeffery Young, Thomas Warren, Emily Carter, Glyn Wright, Oliver Diponio, Jade Carberry, Rakeem Shan, Lewis Battes, Matthew Hicks and Kieran Simpson.

    Congratulations on all the hard work you have done to get yourself to Costa Rica & Nicaragua.

    First Phase! You are truly about to embark on a great journey. Expedition will be fun but challenging, there may be moments that you are struggling and in these moments please reflect on how far you have come, what an amazing opportunity you have before you and believe in yourself as you definitely have got what it takes to get the most out of expedition.

    I hope you enjoy you time on Raleigh, you make many new memories and you feel inspired each day!

    Rahim Hassanali – Youth Partnerships Officer @ Raleigh Head Office

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  15. Hoi Robin, ook ik volg je op je avontuurlijke reis. Heb ook al een paar foto's voorbij zien komen. Zo te zien heb je er echt zin in. Hoop dat je van je jungle trip gaat genieten. Het is toch een hele ervaring. Deze hele reis is een knappe prestatie. Ga je steeds volgen wat je aan het doen bent, verder vele grtjes van mij . Wilma xxxxxxx.

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  16. To Robin van Gelderen
    Hoi Robin, we kunnen niet wachten iets van je te horen!Veel plezier daar en groetjes van heel de familie hier!Gr Carola

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  17. Nina VenusMurmann8 February 2013 at 10:11

    For Lilly Murmann, Alpha 6
    LILLY!!! FELIZ CUMPLEANOS! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! HERZLICHEN GLÜCKWUNSCH ZUM GEBURTSTAG!!! VON PA & MA & LU & CA & PICCO & and all of HH :-)

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  18. To Wisha, Alpha 9
    Really struggling with this blog mullarkey. This is my second attempt to send a tweet. Anyway, we are enjoying reading about activities in Costa Rica and seeing pictures of enthusiastic participation and wanted you to know that we are up to speed with the technology; well sort of! Love to hear your news at some point but realise you are very busy.
    Love M&D

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    1. Wisha not sure how you reply to through this function!!!! Anyway, Mum has sent you a Letter by snail mail so I hope that reaches you ok. Look fwd to hearing from you in due course. Love Dad

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  19. Rachel Holey Alpha 3

    Miss you and your nose breathing laugh!!!!

    Love Sis xxxx

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  20. Message for Rachel Holey Alpha 3
    Hi Rachel. What an amazing experience you are having. Really life affirming and memorable.We can't wait to hear more about it.It was great to see you looking happy and proud on the photos. Keep smiling and well done you are SO brave.
    Loads of love ASDA x

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  21. Message for Imogen on Alpha 3
    Great to see the photos of you and your group on the blog, it certainly looks like the real thing and probably feel like it too! This is going to be a birthday to remember, Happy Birthday for Monday Darling Imogen. Enjoy. Thinking about you lots, Love you Mum X

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  22. For Emily Carter.
    Hi Em,looks like youre having a FANTASTIC time-the photos are great,your dads just printed them off ,and will soon be showing every one!we are sooooo pleased for you..Every ones fine including the dogs,we are taking them out this afternoon, but its chucking it down here,so they will have their tartan jackets on.!Faye,s gonna put your blog on your Dads mobile so he can look at it when he,s drunk!!!lots of love Flossie and dad.xx

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  23. Message for Emily carter, alpha 3......
    Looks amaaaaaazzzzzing, silly jealous right now.....
    Was really worried when the weeks went by with no contact, but now I have seen pictures I feel so much better, I hope it's all working out for you over there.... Make everyone proud..... Xxx Keith xxx
    Ps.... I've got a flat, I'm working and my theory is booked...... :)

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  24. Hello Conrad (Alpha 3),
    I hope you are all having a ball still (!!!). Just to say we are thinking about you constantly and imagining what you are doing moment by moment.
    Excuse the typos in my last message - this one will be gluten free. Well even your mother made a spelling mistake and she's a wordsmith (allegedly). It's snowing on and off here again, but not settling. In other news the Pope is standing down - due to growing frailness, there's a scandal over horse meat turning up in prepared foods and Hugo taken to skiing. We miss you and we are very proud of you - you'll have muscles like knots in cotton.

    Take care, can't wait to see the next update from Alpha 3's true life adventure.
    Love
    Dad xxx

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  25. Hi Imogen - It's your second cousin, Patricia, messaging you from Florida with your Grandma (Nana). We are wishing you a very Happy Birthday!and God Bless you on your trip!

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  26. To Imogen Buck Alpha 3 Hi Imogen, you look like you are really enjoying this great expedition and Many Happy Birthday wishes, what an adventure!!! God Bless Imi , Love you Nana x

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  27. Hi Imogen -- just a quick note because we sent our notes yesterday and they have not been posted yet so we thought we were doing something wrong here in Florida on the computer. Your Nana and I just spoke to your Mom and she said our anonymous notes just take time to reach so we'll keep updating your blog. Again, Happy Birthday and we see that you're all working hard but seem also to be having a great time. God Bless. Love, Nana and cousin Patricia

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  28. hola maria jue ya pasaron 15 dias desde que se fue va rapido esto , yo espero que este muy bien fijo si usted es la mejor animo y mucha fuerza usted puede con esa troliada ajaja usted es como una amazona salvaje jaaaa tonx eso es cualquier vara jajaj queria decirle que todo bien por aqui ahi vamos con todo se le extraÑa mas de lo que se imagina pero estoy feliz por usted le mando abrazos y muchos besos y mucha vibra positiva para que la acompaÑe LA QUIERO DEMASIADO SABE JAJA QUE CADA DIA SEA UN RETO MAS POR SUPERAR Y NO SE LE OLVIDE PONER SIEMPRE ESA LINDA SONRISA QUE TIENE POR MAS FEA QUE ESTE LA VARA JAJAJ BYE BE IN TOUCH LLAMEME APENAS VUELVA SIII MUAKS MARIA MARIA MARIA MARIA

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  29. Imogen Buck Glad to know our messages are getting through, We all send our love and best wishes to you from your cousins here in Florida Cheerio for now and God Bless Love you Nanax

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  30. For Emily carter,
    Hey em, thought i'd drop you another message as it is valentines day tomorrow, and there is nothing more I'd want than to spend it with you, but obvs can't, but just want you to know I'm thinking about you.... :) hope you're being good, hopefully talk soon..... Love Keith.... X

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  31. daniela carranza alpha 3 mi maria yo le mande un msj pero solo le puse maria maria fijo es para usted se lo voy a poner de nuevo sip...ahi sale pero no se si le qda a usted aqui va de nuevo hola maria jue ya pasaron 15 dias desde que se fue va rapido esto , yo espero que este muy bien fijo si usted es la mejor animo y mucha fuerza usted puede con esa troliada ajaja usted es como una amazona salvaje jaaaa tonx eso es cualquier vara jajaj queria decirle que todo bien por aqui ahi vamos con todo se le extraÑa mas de lo que se imagina pero estoy feliz por usted le mando abrazos y muchos besos y mucha vibra positiva para que la acompaÑe LA QUIERO DEMASIADO SABE JAJA QUE CADA DIA SEA UN RETO MAS POR SUPERAR Y NO SE LE OLVIDE PONER SIEMPRE ESA LINDA SONRISA QUE TIENE POR MAS FEA QUE ESTE LA VARA JAJAJ BYE BE IN TOUCH LLAMEME APENAS VUELVA SIII MUAKS MARIA MARIA MARIA MARIA

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  32. daniela carranza alpha 3 hola maria espero que estes bien hoy queria desearte happy valentines days la mejor vibra besos y todo el amor le mando, y decirle que estoy muy orgulloso de usted y que siempre se lo voy a decir gracias por hacerme tan feliz tb de verdad que lo soy eres la mejor.. quiero compartir esto con usted para que le de fuerzas se se acuerde de mi siempre ..."Pormetete a ti mismo: ser fuerte y que nada pueda perturbar tu paz mental. Hablar solo de salud, felicidad y prosperidad con cada persona que encuentres. Ver lo bueno de todo y hacer el optimismo una realidad. Pensar solo lo mejor, trabajar lo mejor que puedas y esperar lo mejor. Ser entusiasta no solo con tu exito sino con el de los demas. Olvidar los errores del pasado y enfocarte en los logros del futuro. Ser amable con todos. Dedicarte a ser mejor para que no tengas tiempo de criticar a los demas.Pensar lo mejor de ti mismo y proclamar esta verdad, no con palabras sino con acciones. Tener fe de que el mundo esta de tu lado mientras tu das lo mejor de ti". y esta tb es mas personal entiendala usted es muy inteligente jaja.. Da un poco de amor a un niño y ganarás un corazón .. suerte amazona que tenga un lindo dia cuidese mucho y a ponerle duro usted todo lo puede.. muaksssssss maria maria

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  33. Rachel Holey - Alpha 3

    Rach! Great to see you getting stuck in, looks like you're having a cracking adventure in a spectacular place. Can't wait to hear all about it, so have a blast, stay safe, enjoy yourself! Ollie x

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  34. Conrad Atticus - you are heading into the last leg of this first adventure now. Looking forward to hearing how it went after that first blog. We think of you constantly. Hugo now a ski nut - loved his trip but was extremely grumpy (you can imagine ) going back to school the day after the nightmare never- ending bus journey. Dad and I have been rattling around the empty house for a week - very strange. Have you learned to love rice and beans yet? We saw the blog from Cass's group too and some great shots of him lugging big logs to site. Hope you get to catch up during changeover. I love you - be safe darling xxxxxx Mum

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  35. Message for Emily Carter

    Hey Emily! Hope you're well! Pictures look amazing, you look like you're having an amazing time! Just want to say how proud I am of you this is such a great experience for you and I hope you're having a great time and enjoying every second of it! Went out for Sarah's birthday Friday, saw Matt in the Fairlop he was alright - just normal Matt, then we went faces and I saw Katie - she's really missing you but she's ok! Really hope you're ok and I'll check in from time to time on here! Andy sends his love! I'll speak to you soon, love you lots- take care of yourself xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  36. To Rachel Holey Alpha 3

    Think you will be back at fieldbase by the time this appears. Hopefully enjoying some restbite before starting your next project. Trek sounded hard but amazing, and everyone rising to the challange. Pleased you have made some good friends and that you seem to be a strong team!
    Have been to Manchester to see sarah. Had a lovely time. Met up with Becky and xavi and spent a sunny warm day at the seaside.
    Nothing interesting going on here. Still working on the lounge.... Ha ha should be finished by the time you are home. Wills (4leg) has had his pain relief regime changed and seems to have given him a new lease of life.
    Thank you so much for the letter, much relief for your old mum who has been fretting and missing you. We all miss your smiley face more than words can say, and send lots of love.
    Can't wait for your next blog. A letter is in the snail post to you xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  37. To: Esteban Villalta (Vito) Alpha 13
    From: Pipo

    Hola Esteban!!
    Mucho gusto saber que esta de regreso en base ya preparandose para su proxima mision!!! Me alegra mucho saber que lo este disfrutando y la experiencia es algo que nunca va poder olvidar. Siempre adelante con mente positiva no importa los retos, siempre adelante.
    En casa todos bien, disfruto mucho ver las travesuras de Pacho y Milly, tremendo los dos ellos.
    Se que ya se esta preparando con cosas que va necesitar para su segunda mision, tenga todo listo y despues disfrute. Recuerde que se le extraña y se le quiere. Cuidese mucho y bendiciones. Adelante!!!

    Pipo

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