Sunday, 5 July 2009

And so it began..

Some were tired and jetlagged, some were all smiles and enthusiasm, but the final instalment of the Raleigh Borneo 09E expedition had successfully joined the team at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport on Friday.



Every single project manager and Field Base staff came out to the airport to meet the participants. Once everyone had arrived and gone through customs, venturers packed into three buses to head straight to the TAC site about an hour's drive from Kota Kinabalu.



TAC is intended to provide the venturers with some basic skills to assist them with trekking and living in the jungle, such as GPS navigation, radio communications, and camp craft, and also to give them a small of taste of what's to come. Setting up a"basher" (see the side column), albeit one that already had a roof, was one of the first tasks.



Luckily, cooking a camp meal that night was not on the venturers' agenda.



After a much-needed sleep venturers had to be at breakfast by 7am for everybody's favourite - porridge. They say you're only limited by your imagination, and indeed, all types of porridge-based conconctions were made including strawberry jam/porridge soup, cinnamon and honey porridge, Milo porridge, and just plain old porridge. After breakfast, it was off to more training..



.. and more training still.



Delta 2, 4, and 6 were then off to a camp site in the jungle where they had to spend the night. Below, Delta 4 ready to take off.



As are Delta 2..



..and Delta 6 or the "hardcores" as they prefer to call themselves.



And then the rain came.. Delta 2, 4, and 6 showed great resilience having to trek through the pouring rain. The night at TAC was spent hearing PMs talk about their projects.



But the sun reappeared the following morning, as did the Delta teams that ventured into the jungle.



That day, it was the remaining two Deltas that had to head into the jugle. Members of Delta 1 below, pointing to where they need to be walking..



.. and Delta 3 were just roaring to go!



Today is another big day for the venturers and their PMs. "Allocations" are announced before lunch, when venturers will find out what 09E projects they are taking part in. This will be followed by Raleigh Olympics between the new project teams.

55 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well done Katherine and Richard for getting that far. Everybodys thinking of you and wishing you the best in Llanrumney and Cardiff YIP.
Very proud of you both!!

Phil.

Anonymous said...

Well done Amy (delta 1).
We are all thinking of you and we are very proud that you have done this.
Good luck and take care.

Mum Dad Scott Jamie Lucie & Cara

nashk1 said...

Hi Emily i know you have arrived as i spotted you on one of the photo's. Hope everything is good and enjoy the experience .

Love mum

nashk1 said...

Hi Emily,

I know you have arrived safely as i spotted you on a photo. Hope all is good ,enjoy the experience .

Love mum

russ said...

Glad to hear you all arrived safe and well. Good luck to you all, on the next leg of your adventure. Love to Greg.

Russ, Trudy and Grace Cowan.

Anonymous said...

Ruthieeee (Taylor) - I can't believe you've got the care bear project, I am SO jealous! Hopefully my letter has arrived already? Everything looks amazing - can't wait to hear/read all about it!
Excellent work blogmeister!
Lots a love Amy x

Anonymous said...

Henry - so proud of you - I will be rooting for Delta 4!
Lots of love and hugs.
Mummy xx

Anonymous said...

Henry - so proud of you - will of course now be rooting for Delta 4!
Lots of love and hugs
Mummy xx

Marilyn said...

Well done Mandy Scott I am so proud of you. Keep your head up and you will do well I know that you can.Shake a leg girl. Also all the young Bermudian adults that have taken on this venture with Raleigh Intl I am so proud of you all. Everyone's family is thinking about them and wish them the best in all the ventures that they are partaking in. good Luck and I will keep in touch.

Trudy Cowan said...

Delta 3 look a lively bunch. You`ll fit in well Greg! So nice to see you all smiling in the sunshine. Its raining here! mum x

Quilleta said...

Well done Tasha you did it, keep your spirits up. Zyire and Azari really miss you. Everybodies thinking of you znd wish you the best

Richard Petrie said...

Well done to everybody - It looks as if you will all have a great time.

To Delta 3 and Mike - keep on roaring. Great picture.

Mind the leaches in the jungle!!!

Mike - very excited for you, all the best Dad

Rose Jim said...

A big Hi to all the venturers for the borneo summer expedition 2009. It looks amazing. Thinking of you all and the challenges ahead. You're making a big difference. A special Hi to Amy Harcus (Delta 1)we're so proud! Mum & Dadxxxx

Anonymous said...

Wow, this looks amazing - wishing you all the best and feeling jealous ...
love AJ

Anonymous said...

James, I'm missing you lots. Love from your favourite little brother,
Aidanx.

Anonymous said...

Hi Katherine (Delta 4) and Richard (Delta 3)
So very proud of both of you! You've worked so hard to get where you are. Enjoy every minute of the experience and come back safely with stories to astonish us. Thinking of you every day.
With love from Rooth and all at the YIP in Cartdiff xx

Anonymous said...

Hello Christian (Delta 1), Glad you have arrived OK and hope you have dried off. Rosie, Hatti, Belinda x

Tracey said...

Duanette I am so proud of you, I still can't believe you've done this, this is a good experience for you I picked you out in the pic I showed everyone the pic eveyone says you look like a boy James didn't know that was you I had to tell him and when I saw you, you know I cried missing you already.

Luv You
Mom

Anonymous said...

WELL DONE GERALVONNO EVERYONE AT HOME IS SO PROUD OF YOU.ALSO K.E.M.H SAYS WELL DONE. WE ARE ALL MISSIN YOU ESPECIALLY ME , LUV U MY BIG BABY MOMxxxx [ADRI'S NOT BEEN WELL BUT SHE MISSES YOU TO]

Anonymous said...

hey loogie ya wifey checkin in awww look at u :D love u...........miss u <3

Quilleta said...

Hi Tasha, we miss you especially Zyire and Azari keep your spirits up everyone is thinking of you proud of you for making it this far. Love you

Quilleta said...

hey tash not sure if my comments are going through keep your spirits up zyire & azari really miss you. Everyone is thinking of you and are proud to see you made it this far.
Love you Mom

~LuYi~ said...

Hey Shon, Sulan & Dino,

Raleigh KL says HI!
Have fun with the leeches, mozies & sunshine!!!
We miss u guys, take care!

cheers,
luyi

Suzanne and Bruce McNess said...

Delta 6 hope you got a great project and Will you look like your in your element. Have a great time,

Anonymous said...

Hi Sophie, Delta 4 it is then, have fun with the sun bears. all well here, much love Mum and the rest of the bunch.

Anonymous said...

Hi Stephen - Delta 6
Good to see a photo of you, and that you arrived safely. We are proud of you and missing you loads.
Letter on way to you. Thinking of you and all the good times you will have. Good luck and lots of love. Mum Dad, Maria, Martin.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sophie, so delta 4 it is, so glad you are there your bag looks good and heavy, hope the sun bears are amazing, if we don't have contact before have a wonderful 19th birthday.

Loads of love from all of us (the Farrelly clan)

Anonymous said...

Jane Pomeroy and Cath Marchbanks said.. tropical rain must have been a return to the innocence of the "wonder of nature" . Moz we reckon we have spotted you in Delta 4. Can't believe you've already been gone a week. All fab here, may soon have our very own allotment in Black Lane.
Everyone is very proud of you and lots of folks in Sandwich are asking how u r doin! Love mummy and Cath xxxxxxx

Moya Brankin said...

Amy (Delta 1),Thinking about you and hoping you're having a great time.I think what you're doing is fantastic!Take care.
Love from
Moya, Gordon and the boys.

Anonymous said...

Hello Christian (Delta1), saw your picture on the web. It looked sunny so I hope your clothes have dried up :-)
Keep smiling son.

Dad

Anonymous said...

Well Done Mandy I am proud of you and I miss you so much....I know this would be an experience that you will always remember and appreciate. It will not be easy but thats a part of life. I know Aunt Marliyn and the family is proud of you too! Enjoy it Mandy and at the end you would be happy that you joined and you took part in Raleigh.

LOVE KIESHA

Rosie said...

Hey Emily

It's your big sis well done for getting out there and not getting lost!!
Remember to have the map round the right way at all times.
Hope you packed enough clean knickers.. Proud of you love you
rosie & Shaine & mum &phil xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Rosie said...

Hey Emily

Its Rosie, Hope you dont get lost in the jungle...Iam very proud of you for having the gutts to leave all that you know to go there...ps i hope you packed enough "clean" knickers. Good Luck love you lots

Rosie & Mum Phil & Shaine

Anonymous said...

hi david
hope you are enjoying yourself love from mum and dad

Anonymous said...

For Tasha Gomes
Hi Aunt Tasha i miss you Poppa said hi and that he misses you bully too. Uncle Dean and Uncle Myron said hi and hope you having fun. I saw you in the pictures nana showed me.

Luv you Auntie

Anonymous said...

Hey Greg, Having a great time? Couldn't locate you in the pics. Enjoy & I can't wait to hear the stories when you come home! Luv Becky

Anonymous said...

Hi Will

Glad to know that you have arrived safely. Everything looks brilliant and we will be very interested to hear how you get on with the kindergarten building - perhaps you can come and talk to my students about it when you get back.

We are not sure that we have got the hang of blogs yet - so hope this gets to you!

Love and best wishes

Elizabeth, Adrian, James and Andy

Marilyn said...

Hi Mandy Scott hows things going. I have been keeping up with the blog. I see that you are doing the Sunbear conservation as your first expedition. Take plenty of pictures and enjoy. I see that Shavaughn is with you tell him I said hi and enjoy himself also. Be carefully and be strong. Miss you

Luv you Mom

Anonymous said...

Hey Duanette i'm so proud of you for stepping out of your comfort zone. learn all you can and enjoy every bit! everything happens for a reason!!

luv u
Lesha

Marilyn said...

Hi Mandy guess who said hi aunt Valerie (Davis)
She is visiting me. She said to hang in there and sents her love. Take care of yourself and see you when you get back.

Luv Davis

tinita amiga said...

hola frddy alfa 1 regreso de su viaje grande jornada esta bien de salud , le queremos amigas

Anonymous said...

to my amazing sister Saskia (alpha 4)
i miss you so so much and already cant wait for you to come home!!!! i bet u are having an crazy time out there :) i am thinking of my amazing big sis every day and hope u are looking after your beautiful self in the jungle!!! lol
love you, your lil sis sabrina xxxxx

alex said...

hey emily nash

have a fantastic time, we're all thinking of you and missing you so much

all my love, ap
xxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

missing you so much emily! i hope you're having an amazing time out there, and that you got our letters :) be safe! take care, lots of loveee, lucy.xxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Hiya James,
Did you realise it would be this much fun? Lots of love from all the boys in Chichester....Thinking of you.

Moya Brankin said...

Hi Amy(Delta 1),
The Brankin Clan are thinking about you! Hope you're having fun!The boys are well impressed with what you're doing! Take care.
Love from Moya, Gordon And the boys. X

Deanna said...

Duanette Symonds & Mandy Scott I am sooo happy for you both... The Williams Family including JuJu says "HI" and we can't wait to see you and hear about this BIG BIG adventure you went on!!!
Keep doing what your doing!

SmoocheS :)

Marilyn said...

Ha Mandy how are things going. I hope all is well with you and you are having a great time. Have you received your letters yet. Be safe, take care. Dont forget take plenty of pictures so you can tell us all about your ventures. Missing you.

Love Mom

Anonymous said...

Hey this is for my Godson Eddie!! Hows it going boo?? do they have any food left or r u just going on reserves??? LOLOL!!! Seriously, how you making out there, is it hot and sticky, or r u loving it?? I am so proud of you for taking this on!! Luv you and thinking of you, Tody thinking of you too!!

Godma (Aunt Theresa)

Anonymous said...

Emily Nash.
Hope you are having an awesome time. Am missing you lots.
Love always,
Jess B-H.

Anonymous said...

emilynash!
i'm missing you so much! i think you should come home actually. i hope you're having a lovely time.
all my love, clairejep xx

Anonymous said...

emilynash, i miss you lots. hope you are having a wonderful time and are safe and sound. 1/2 way now, well done.

cyaa soon, lots of love charlotte tri xxx

Anonymous said...

emilynash,
i hope you're having a great time! i miss you unbelievably, i love you!
love pazza xxxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

mom says i miss you alisha c. hope you have enjoyed your adventure

Anonymous said...

Hey Alneisha,

I hope that you got my last comment post. I'm at home having lunch right now and can't wait to have you back! You have done a wonderful job and you look great!

See ya soon!

Love Mommy :-)