The Venturers are just finishing their brief stay at Fieldbase prior to being allocated to their projects ready for deployment early tomorrow.
During the past 4-5 days they’ve had a whirlwind set of sessions including communications, health and hygiene, casualty evacuation, cultural awareness, trekking and camping. To lighten things up, these have been interspersed with ‘getting to know you’ sessions, games and energizers.
They had the chance to put much of their training into practice during trek training on Monday and Tuesday.
This started around 05.30 on Monday with a breakfast of ‘energy bombs’ (nothing illegal - oats, condensed milk and dried fruit). Then came a staggered (staggering?) start of the four teams every 15 minutes from 06.00.
|An Expedition 12J team striding out ...|
|... but surely not being overtaken by a heavily laden local lady??|
|The local children - happy and camera-friendly|
|Escorting the Venturers out of the village|
|'A home in the country'|
|Building a tent - it starts like this ...|
|... and (hopefully) ends like this|
|12J Venturers - increasingly cool|
|Evacuating a 'casualty' - at least one person could sleep after a restless night!|
|This snake is non-venomous, but then came the cobra ...|
As I write this morning, people are eating breakfast and waiting excitedly to learn their new team allocations and where they’ll be going on their first nineteen-day project phase tomorrow. I'll let you know when these are announced.
Meanwhile a couple of comments from the campsite on Monday lunchtime:
‘So far we’ve just done a 12 km trek which was hard work but really good because we all kept each other motivated. I think we’re all really looking forward to jumping in the river quite soon after building the long drop....’
‘I’m really surprised how quickly I fitted in and how quickly I’ve adjusted to the Indian way of life. I’m really enjoying my time here…’