Clockwise from top left: PM Louise, Anders, Ottie, Matt, Mat, Jess, Emma, Kate, Emily, Charlie, Esteban, Ben, Jos, Jelmer and Sarah (and Uber-PM Sarah taking picture)
This week we were lucky enough to leave Fieldbase and Turri's torrential rain to go and visit some of our amazing X-Ray teams where we delivered news from home and the other teams and their next food drop. First stop was the fantastic X-Ray 3 who have been battling rain, mud, jungles, rivers and very large hills to get through to Day 14! They are progressing well and in high spirits - there is something about trek that binds teams together; the 4am wake-ups, porridge for breakfast, up to 25km a day and resulting blisters are tough but the incredible views, 14 incredible team mates and a lot of mental strength get you to the top of one hill, across the river and to the bottom of the next. So what have X-Ray 3 been up to? Well the pictures below should help to illustrate their trek so far.
Support crew Nurse Sarah and Comms Officer (oh that's me) Gabby - with food and treats - we were very popular!
Ants in your... way
Attempting to get into the magazine with a group shot
Ottie: short straw of the gerry can
The Turrisantos trek route: starting at stunning Barbilla National Park, before spending the first three days trekking through the Bajo Chirripo Indigenous territory. After crossing the impressive Rio Pacuare, a great place for a much needed wash, the groups headed towards the stunning cloud forests of Tapanti National Park; following ridges of Fila de Bustante on-route to Cerro Dragon Peak – and a first glimpse of the Pacific. The final days see the group reach the incredible views of Cerro Bares, perhaps the treks highlight, before making a final descent to the Pacific Ocean and a final flourish (and a run no doubt) into the sea at Punta Judas, a deserted beach and turtle sanctuary.
When we said it was raining we weren't kidding - but X-Ray 3 are loving every second!
Local Costa Rican's have been wonderfully generous to our Raleigh group's
Ben, Kate, Emma, Sarah and Ottie at Sunrise
Ben with the newest member of X-Ray 3
Enjoying a well earned rest and the sun!
Incredible PM Louise, motivating the troops every day
A little bit muddy
They have completed an incredible 200kms to date - only 70km to go until they reach their end point - a beautiful beach on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. So long from X-Ray 3!
Celebrating International Women's Day, saying no to gender inequality and rising up for women's empowerment