Sunday saw the start of the practical skills training for the PMs and VMs. This will equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to run their projects in the field when the Venturers arrive in two weeks’ time.
Sunday’s sessions focused on communications, casualty procedures and kit packing ready for the first expedition into the field – trek training.
This began at 06.00 on Monday when we all set off, rucksacks suitably laden, for a 12-kilometer trek and an overnight stay under canvas.
|Trekking through the local countryside|
|Local children welcoming the Raleigh trekkers|
|Blair and a local strongman engaged in a friendly game of arm wrestling|
|The local strongman demonstrating his prowess|
|'It's not much but it's home - well, for a night anyway'|
|The team constructing a long drop|
|Graham about to start a restful float watching the PMs on their swim test|
Tuesday morning saw us enjoying a porridge breakfast, dismantling the tents and long drop, and doing a brief ‘energizer’ – a Raleigh feature of all expeditions, in this instance a game of dwarfs, giants and dragons. At exactly 08.00 we set off to resume our trek.
A simple trek back to Fieldbase? Oh no. Hardly had we started when Dave emitted an ear-piercing scream and ‘collapsed’. After a second’s real concern, we realized he was acting and that this was a CASEVAC (casualty evacuation) exercise that had been sprung on us.
|'Saving Dave' - the CASEVAC exercise underway|
|Dave visibly relieved at his remarkably speedy and full recovery|
The PMs are keenly awaiting the announcement of who will be working with whom on which project. Watch this space …