Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Welcome To Borneo!

On Saturday 3rd July 2010 sixty eager venturers arrived at Kota Kinabalu airport.  With pristine walking boots and backpacks that were bigger than some of them, they swarmed through the arrival gate- only to be welcomed by this motley crew...

The Staff Wait Excitedly For The Venturers

Here They Come...
After a quick meet and greet, the venturers were divided into five delta groups- the teams they would be in for the next few days of training at TAC (Traverse Activity Centre).

The bus ride to TAC provided a good opportunity to have a spot of lunch and a quick power nap.  Everyone seemed revived and ready to get stuck in when we arrived.

The first task of the afternoon was to pick a bed, or in this case a basher (static hammock) to sleep in and set up our mosquito nets to keep the critters at bay in the night.

Next up was some name games (because no one can remember sixty names straight away), followed by a bit of admin and some mug shots for the venturers' identity cards.

After a fun but hectic day, we all enjoyed some dinner before a welcome presentation from Jim and a fabulous cultural show performed by our very talented host country venturers.

With everyone feeling a bit weary after their long journeys, the venturers headed off to bed to spend their first night in the Bornean jungle.

Feeling refreshed and seemingly unphased by their night in the jungle, the venturers were up bright and early for a tasty Raleigh-ration breakfast of porridge.

Deltas One and Three spent the morning learning some jungle craft skills. 

They then donned their backpacks, hats, boots (not forgetting oodles of suncream and deet) and trekked into the depths of the Borneo jungle where they would be spending the night.

After a three hour trek, the venturers arrived at jungle camp, exhausted but in high spirits.  They set to work creating a group shelter and putting up their personal bashers.

A Comfy Bed For The Night

 The Living Room

Which was followed by a well deserved and hugely refreshing swim.

And some dinner- a tasty beef curry and noodles cooked from Raleigh rations on a tranger stove.

Meanwhile, Delta's Two, Four and Five completed radio training, a river crossing, a lesson in how to assess whether a swimming area is safe, some first aid training, and a few team building games.

Radio Training

River Crossing

'Sheep'- A Team Building Game!

Over the next couple of days, the delta groups will swap over so that everyone is well trained up and fully prepared to deploy out to their first phase on Thursday.

A mere two days into Raleigh Borneo Expedition 10D, and already the venturers have learnt so much about themselves and their surroundings.  Just imagine what they can achieve in ten weeks!


David Blakemore said...

hey danielle, its only david, just saw you on a picture :) glad your having fun :) i hope this gets posted somewhere so you can see it.
just wanna say we all miss you here but we also hope your having fun :) speak to you soon hunny :)

Lindsay H said...

Message for Sarah Luton one of the venturers!

Letter is in the post on Sunday sweetie as promised - so you should get it in 3 weeks! Enjoy the trip and I promised the boys I would sort out an airletter for them to send to you in the next week or so!
Take care and keep smiling

Anonymous said...

Hey Narin, you're all looking great. Mum says it doesn't look like your having a hard enough time ;-). Just wanted to say a big thank you for the birthday gifts and card. Had a fab time in Turkey - missed you not being here on my return. Enjoy!
All our love Cemile, Mum and Dad.

Kristin White said...

Shout out from Bermuda to Mica and Trenaye! I'm so proud of you guys... make the most of it.

Raleigh Bermuda

Sherena Dickinson said...

Looks like a lot of fun! I hope everyone enjoys themselves. Good Luck to Mica & I wish everyone the best. Love you Mica from Sherena

Amy Williams said...

Hey Danel Ferriday,
I love that the first picture i see of you, you are waiting for your food!!
Some things never change.
Miss you lots, bet your having a awesome time.
Enjoy it
loads of love amy xxxxxxxx

Steve Roebuck said...

Hey Em :)

Glad your having a good time :), wish I was out there as well doing what your doing!, really proud of you :). Everything is good here Kyle,Mandy the kids and everyone else all say Hi. Daz is making us lunch today, so ill send some photos of the possible disaster along with a letter Lol, Im missing you loads but you keep having fun and doing such a great job out there and ill see you soon sweet :) Love Xxxxx

David Longfellow said...

Looked briefly at the pictures and I have to say it looks great - very impressive. The group looks to be very lively and full of fun. It will probably get harder when the work starts. I'll pass the info on to everyone so they can check your progress. Mind the spiders. X

Grimston! said...

Hi Lotty

It was very nice to hear you and thanks for ringing. We are so glad that you are having fun. We sent you a letter earlier in the week.

Look after yourself, dont get bitten and have fun with the bears.

Best love Mum, Dad, Pippa, Harby, Sponge, Treacle, Bacchy Boy and Mr Maggers

Hannah Luton said...

Hi Sarah, hope you're having fun out there, while us poor devils are working...Mum said to send you a massive hug and a billion kisses, so now you have them! OXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX x loads! Tins, Mel and Lee all say hi and send their love, Jay and Bob are just led down looking at me, but I'm sure they say hi too! Enjoying yourself?? You'd beter be... Hope the wildlife aren't eating you too much, and that the bears are behaving themselves, they look very cute! Anyway, have an 'awsome wicked time dude'!!!! Love xxxx

Anonymous said...

Dear Emi,

Miss you, fab to see a photo of you out there though! We hope you're having fun! Guess What I knicked the address to send letters to you from your mum....oops! Charlie is now crawling like crazy, Kerry says he keeps disappearing behind the sofa!
Auntie Jooooodiiiii! says have fun be happy!
We'll keep watching you.
Love u lots MWAH! xxxxx
Auntie Jooooodddiiii & Big Cuz Jo JO xxxx

Caroline said...

Happy 18th birthday next week Alannah! Lots of love Ma Pops Dom Rory millie and Beano. xxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

hi to sarah watson (paramedic ) from aunty sandra talked to your mumfor her birthday, see you in photo in navy t shirt enjoy rest of trip

Ste-mans mum said...

Ste It does not look like you in the pics too clean shaven. Hope you are having a great time working with the animals, i am jealous. Enjoy every moment it looks great.
Dad has created his own blog account in Google called home thoughts if you want to have a look, for the news at home. Love Mum x

Anonymous said...

Hey Narin!!

You look like such a happy camper - so jealous - the setting looks amazing!! Beats shanty towns for sure. The Imbak Canyon looks ace! You're building a bridge over that thing? Crazy fools - give me a sun bear any day?!

Soak it all up honey bunch - love you lots and lots, very proud
Sinem xxx

Billy said...

Hello Danielle,
So pleased you arrived safely, all thinking of you at the Centre.Have fun(i'm sure you will).I'll be in touch again.LOL Billy :-)XX

Elaine said...

Hi George
We received your letter yesterday great to hear fromyou sounds though you enjoying the jungle and good to hear that you are settling in to the way of life out there! Letter in the post with a few pics to make you laugh from party. Hope you get our letter soon. Love you and miss you lots Mum and Dad and Bazzxxx

Anonymous said...

hey finlay looking good cant wait to see you ave sent u a letter hope u will get it soon just thought a would let u know a start work on munday got the job good stuff ae see u in september luv u hunners babey xxxx

Strawberryyog said...

Hi Lotty, I was next to you and your Raleigh colleague on the flight to KL. Thanks for your charming company and I hope you are having a *fantastic* time out there. I accidentally misled you on LU halls - my daughter applied for (and got) HP. Sorry, I was mixed up - hope you also got the hall you wanted! Cheers, Vogel von Neustadt (nom de plume!)

Roy Holloway said...

Hi Sarah, hope everything is ok with you and you're not working too hard!
No baby news yet, Sara's about ready to pop.
Enjoy the rest of your trip and see you when you get back.
Love Auntie Tina and Uncle Roy.