Thursday, 22 July 2010

Alpha Six- The Wanderers Return!

I'm sure you've all been wondering how the first trekking group of Raleigh 10D have been getting on...

You'll be pleased to know that the wanderers returned last night to Kota Kinabalu after a twelve day adventure in the Bornean jungle!  The whole group were in high spirits as they arrived at the hostel where they will spend the night before starting their PADI dive course tomorrow.  

When asked what they thought of the experience, the venturers replied...

"It was absolutely amazing, tough but awesome". 

"I loved every bit of it.  Actually that's a lie, I didn't enjoy finding a leech in my arm pit!"

"I didn't think I would manage it but I surprised myself, the group morale kept me going.  I'm so proud that I did it."

"I'm going to need at least three showers to stop me stinking!"

Here are a few photos of Alpha Six's epic journey...

Fresh-faced and eager to get going.

'Jungle George'

The PMs lead by example.

Into the heart of Borneo they went...

Deep into the jungle.

Exhausting? Yes.  Rewarding? Yes.

A well deserved water break.

Relaxing in camp after a long day.

Tarzan and Jane (you can decide who is who!)

What a view.

'Nooh' the jungle guide and Tom knock up a bench in their spare time!

Alpha Six: pro-trekkers.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tom!
So glad you're safe! been worrying like mad here! :)
miss you lots sweet, get in touch when you can,
All my Love,
Lauren
xxx

Pei San said...

Wao...a real jungle life...which I cant make it...enjoy your next activity...take good care, ange & all alpha six members

David & Carol Bartlett said...

Hi Stacey, the trek looks as if it was exhausting and very muddy. We hope you enjoyed it and did not have to many leaches to remove. (Not nice)You now have the paddy diving on an island to look forward to. No leaches but look out for the sharks. We are all well at home. Sam did not finish his sponsored skate trek as he fell off and ended up in casualty having 4 stiches to a rather large cut above his left eye. He did manage to get half way but because his eye swelled up he could not see to well and his helmet would not fit.
Anyway love you loads, continue to have a great time, love mum, dad and Oscar. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Message for Laura Richardson Alpha 6

Glad to see you survived the jungle and especially the leeches! Enjoy the diving now. Looks like you are having fun and made lot of new friends (maybe not the leeches though!) Love you mum and dad and not forgetting Bond of course.

Anonymous said...

Message for Laura Richardson Alpha 6

Glad to see you survived the jungle and especially the leeches! Enjoy the diving now. Looks like you are having fun and made lot of new friends (maybe not the leeches though!) Love you mum and dad and not forgetting Bond of course.

Elaine said...

Hi George
Fab pics Jungle George!! So good to see some updates. Looks like you've been having some awesome times. Diving will be wonderful exciting and refreshing after your long sweaty trek. Hoping your enjoying every single minute, and looking forward to each experience. Missing you loads Mum Dad and of course Bazz xxx

Anonymous said...

Message for Naomi Alpha 6:-Is your fear of spiders and snakes cured now? Dad's asking is your bag any lighter? Hope you had a really great experience-Mam's asking will you be putting your name down for the D of E GOLD now? All the best for your PAD1 diving course-enjoy loads and take plenty of care lots of love Mam Dad Hannah and Ruth xxxxx

Shereena said...

Ange,

Wow! Looking forward for your PADI course.. Den we can go diving together lol! Pulau Pemanggil is calling.. Way to go Alpha 6!

jay said...

wow it really looks challenging...and at the same time enjoyed.Hope u r doin fine there ange and to all alpha 6 team..keep it up

Anonymous said...

Hey naomi! Cool pics of you in your hammock, hope wearing glasses all the time isnt too much of a bother! Everything's good here, went to see toy story yesterday, it was beyond awesome(sorry to rub it in)! Hope you're alright and that you enjoy the diving after your very long trek!! Remember to watch out for sharks! The new kitchen is taking shape as we speak and on the weekend we're off to tenby for a bit! Speak to you soon, lots of love, mam, dad, han and ruth xxxxx

eunice lum said...

Hi Ange,

Hooray....u done your first phase part one ......^^ jia you......

Jamie said...

Hi Primmy, It's taken me this long to work out how to blog!! Sen pics, all sounds great fun. Hope there's enough to eat, if not remember Goldilocks. All well here, Bub still hissing at me, Dogwood still alive, horses all fine. You missing nothing except Cornish drizzle so enjoy darling. Missing you and following what you are up to, sounds really ghastly and beastiefied! Love you, Mumma xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Prim, Just seen phots no bub spiders or apes for that matter? Missing you lots, try and find Uncle Alistair's rifle he dropped there fighting terrorists in 1963! V envious of your diving and bring back some driftwood for soldier boat! Love Daddy xx

Mary Severs said...

Hi there Floss, Looks like you are having such fun! Hope you enjoyed the diving after your long (smelly)trek! When do you start the real work?Take lots of photos so you can share your adventures with us. Alice and Moll send their love - they are missing you loads. All very quiet without you and there is always food in the fridge ! Love you heaps. The Mumb & Toby too xxxxx

AWMillard said...

Hi Floss,
The smile on your face says it all, can't wait to hear all about it. Hope your enjoying the diving! Sent you a diary by email, if you get a chance to logon somewhere. Missing you loads, and wish I was doing something similar. Try and write. Dumby xxx

Mary Severs said...

Hey Floss!! Al here, I've just popped in to see your muma and hear about how you are getting on. The photos look amazing. We are all missing you loads. Cant wait to hear about everything love you lots xxxx

Mary Severs said...

Hey Floss!! Al here, I've just popped in to see your muma and hear about how you are getting on. The photos look amazing. We are all missing you loads. Cant wait to hear about everything love you lots xxxx

Sinead said...

Hey Debs

Well done on completing the trek - how badly did you smell afterwards :) - or did your nose get use to the smell - i suppose that with all the diving you have done, you have managed to have daily washes - i really hope you had awesome time diving and that you saw lots, but that you didn't get the bends! Can you believe that you are a third of the way through. I have taken mon + tues as AL. ON Sat Mum + I did a 5 mile walk in Surrey Hills, chilled yesterday and then today we went up town to primose hill, walked around regents park and were ladies who lunched in regents park and then we did some shopping. I have now turned into auntie jo in my body shape - so have had difficulties shopping - however the new health regime has started. Mum + I may see the new toy story. Then its back to cant, only 1 week left and the new F1s came down yesterday, time flies. Keep at it Debs and take photos. Lots of love Sinead + Mum

H.Severs said...

Hi Floss, hope your having an awesome time! Looks amazin, well done for survivin the trek too, not sure I would have!! Will be comin down to see ya for ya birthday btw! Loadsa love, your big bruv xxx

Amy Williams said...

Message for Daniel Ferriday, Alpha 6

Hope you are having a awesome time! Bet time feels like it its flying by!!
I have been told to inform you, webby reckons you look like baby rambo with your head band.
Hope the diving went ok and your enjoying every moment.
missing you loads here, even your snoring!!
loads of love amy xxxxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

hi debs so pleased 2 hear your voice this am, u seemed v closeby on d mobile-hope u have a good rest now b4 d next trip and see a bit of KK. sinead just about 2 set off 4 C,bury now ,she is off 2 a pub quiz 2nite, v hot & humid here -no rain 4 weeks in d sunny southeast! take care lots of love mum

Elaine said...

Hi Georgy
What a lovely surprise to speak to you this morning. Sorry if I was half asleep and sounded a bit dozy.I told Dad and he was thrilled, a bit worried like me at first thinking there was something wrong!!! Fab to hear your voice and that you're well and enjoying everything. Hope you get your letter soon but maybe it was the photos encl that have slowed it down. Will write again lots of lurve M D and B xxxoooxxx

Anonymous said...

STACEY!!! finally managed to track down which alpha group number you were and spotted your smiling face! :) so glad you are having an amazing time out there. Quite clearly shows by the cheesy grin on your face! :p all i can say about the bites is spray spray and lots more spray!! and check it's not sugar water first hey! ;)

well, I better not write a long message to you on here. will save that for facebook! :) hope you get this message soon and it makes you smile lots lots more hearing from me!!! :) missing you..xxxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

FLOPPPIE!! Its Moll here :) your photos look amaaaaaazing! you look like your having lots of fun. Im so proud to see what your doing, you look so cool in all your gear. Went and saw Erykah Badu on saturday, and i didnt stop thinking of you. She was so good, she started beat boxing and mcing, it was crazzy! anyway got some good videos to show you. Being normal me, ive booked to have my tonsils out on your birthday (massive idiot) so i am going to be changing that appoitment STRAIGHT AWAY. im about to eat some mumma jam brownies, they wont taste the same without your presence. But love you loads and loads! SO PROUD! your bestest moll xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Prim, Are you no longer Alpha 6? Just wanted you to know we got new Bubba, tiny no longer tiniest, I got Mia's grandson. He's so cute and called Kibble cos he puked Kibble all down Holly's leg in the car, perfect.Thinking about you all the time. Web being ridden lots and Alison Bulley going to ride him while you away this Autumn. All well here, missing you muchly but Tesco bills reduced by 99%. Love you sweetheart, Doods xx

Anonymous said...

Message for Naomi Jenkins, Alpha 6

Hi Naomi, it's your two favourite cousins (that's Katherine and Laura by the way!). Spending the afternoon over Kath's - just looking at your pictures... looks like you're having a fab time, hope the diving is going well. Kath's letter is in the post to you and I'll be sending one too so keep your eye out for those! Bit of news - we've exchanged on our house and are moving in on the 20th August! Looking forward to having you to stay when you get back... Lots of love, Katherine and Laura xx

Helen Jaoob said...

For Graeme Beaven of Alpha 1! Back at the ranch and gonna be heading back to finish the build in Miraflor on Tuesday! Yay! Deffo wanna trek final phase to shed some pounds! Don't get too skinny btw! Gutted couldn't chat for longer but keep your phone on during c/o, I'll see if i can call again then from half way up another mountain! Lovely to hear you tho! Sounds like you're having a blast!Just seen pic of your digs, look well comfy! Clearly Costa Rica is way more hard core!About to email work and ask for extension! Fingers crossed! Tribal party tonight and 5 a side footy tomoz. Take care kidda. Have a class time!Missing you muchio xxx

Anonymous said...

Hello George, :)
you look splendid in the jungle, prefere the straw hat to the wooly hat. You definatly fit the Geroge of the jungle role!!!
Lots Of love, David, Judy, & Daisy (who is here for supper) :D
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Anonymous said...

Hi Prim, Mummy made me do this and told me to write what id say to u if i were here. I told her i would'nt say anything.Im working in Anns cottage abd surfing in my lunch hour. I might be getting a knew board off Andy so u can ride mine. Trek look excactly what ur like but im worried that the people in ur group aree going to starve. Dont nick anyones food and have fun with the leeeches!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Floss its Tob.
it looks so amazing out their and by your letters it sounds like your really enjoying it. I read through your food list, I thought I was the one with extravagant taste! :) .I'll send a letter some time soon.
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