Once camp was ready with sleeping mats and bags laid out inside our tents, we sat down for some essential medical training with Fieldbase Medic, Yvette.
The afternoon was spent with some practical lessons on wilderness camping that may be of assistance to our team during the Adventure Challenge. Country Programme Manager, Mark was on hand to deliver sessions on camp craft: constructing stretchers, Basha beds and more.
DAY TWO: Saturday
It was no easy walk, the routes both led around (and up) the famous Chamundi Hill here in Mysore. Poor Alpha One arrived at their first waypoint to find themselves facing the 1100 steps that lead up to a temple at the summit, whereas Alpha Two faced a more steady incline around the back of the hill. However, they did then have to descend all 1100 steps at the end of their trek, before both teams made they way back to Fieldbase. As a final surprise, Alpha One was caught in a sudden bout of heavy monsoon rain towards the end of their journey.
A few aching muscles and sore feet for our team, but a fantastic experience all round. It's been a great taster of expedition life to come and everyone is feeling more prepared and excited about what lays ahead when our Venturers arrive.
Our attentions can now turn to the projects themselves...