I have now been here a week, and finally managed to find some time to update my blog. So here it is in condensed form.....
Weds 22nd Jan
After spending the day chilling in San Jose we made our way via taxi to the British school (unfortunately the taxis didn't actually know the way, but after the third attempt they got us there!). Spent the night on a sports hall floor, and up at 5am ready to go to field base.
Thurs 23rd Jan
Tour of field base and set up my bed (outside on the veranda, amazing). Afternoon of training and just absorbing the most amazing location.
Friday 24th Jan
Saturday 25th Jan
Start of 'jungle camp' in teams of 7 or 8 we set off with FULLkit on a trek, amazing and raw sugar cane is the perfect boost to steady up hill climb in the heat. We arrived at campsite location by mid afternoon and checked with the locals it was okay before cooking our dinner and settling down for the night, with four of us in one tent, quite snug!
Sunday 26th Jan
Up, packed and ready to go by 6am, never thought I would say it, but it was fantastic! The view was worth it alone, and yes I will post some photos as soon as I can work out how to. Trek to Jungle camp and arrived at 8am ready for training on how to set up a jungle hammock and jungle brasher, loads of new skills to pass on when I return. Spent the night in a jungle brasher, although I did think I was going to fall out all night as it was on a slope!
Monday 27th Jan
Up at 4.30 and packed and ready to go by 6.30, trek back to field base with casvac scenario on route, great fun but it felt like boot camp trying to stretcher a casualty 600m with full kit in the heat.
More training and finally we are allocated our first projects........
I will be trekking in Corcovado ( check it out on google, awesome) with 1other project manager and 12 venturers 300km in 19 days. You will be able to follow the adventure on the Raleigh website blog, CRN 14A Alpha 1. It will be extremely tough but truly amazing. I am off on Thursday to do a few days recce of the route and will be hiking the hardest part in prep for the real thing in a couple weeks, very scary but extremely exciting and I feel very proud to have been chosen for this particular trek.
Tuesday 28th jan
More training, including river crossing (yes, I got wet!).
I will try and put some photos and a further update tomorrow ( honest).