Tuesday, 18 January 2011

The Staff Team is Complete!

The PMs arrive at Field Base
On Sunday 16th January the remainder of the staff team for Expedition 11B arrived at Field Base to begin two weeks of intensive training. To begin with it was a bit of a shock for the advance team, who had enjoyed a relatively quiet week of settling in and getting to know one another, but once the madness (and the fight for beds!) had subsided everyone was excited by the change in dynamic and ready to get stuck into the next stage of the process.  
Let's hope Johnny's still laughing at the end of expedition!
The first few days have been spent familiarising the team with the exciting projects they’ll be working on, as well as learning some of the core skills needed to lead a team of venturers out in the jungle! We’ve discussed leadership styles, watched some motivational video clips and also done some rather entertaining tasks (see pics below).

Now it’s time for the serious stuff to commence; tomorrow, the entire staff team will go out to Base Camp for some jungle training skills. We’ll be there for two days and nights, learning how to set up camp, build bashers, string up hammocks, prepare and cook food, not to mention deal with nasty intruders like leeches and snakes! Hopefully by the time we get back to Field Base we’ll all have survival skills to rival Bear Grylls’s! Time will tell……
The PMs get to grips with the radios
A spot of flip chart action










7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice photos. Happy memories of the same period when we arrived at Field Base for 04B. Was it really five years ago? Good luck to the team, you'll have a blast.
Phil Bloomfield
Expedition PRO 04B.

Anonymous said...

Why did I say 'five years'? I meant seven! PRs - can't do math...

Anonymous said...

Hi James Mclean 2011, good to see you've arrived safely and are getting into training. Couldn't see what you will be doing yet, will look forward to seeing what it is. we took Grandad to hospital on Monday, that was quite an experience,first thing they got wrong the doctor wrote right leg on his xray request, quite obviousley it was his left leg but the receptionist wouldn't input him until I had seen the doctor and got it changed! Anyway he's not doing to badly jut very bored, they told him he couldn't weight bear for 4 more weeks. Jonathan's still hunting for jobs, he said he may go back to Bankok, I said as long as he doesant go back for ever it's to far. Jonathan's cooking tonight and has made fahitas, so will leave now look after yourself lots of love Mum Phil and Jonathanxx

Keiner said...

Jhonny: Have an amazing time there! They are so lucky in Borneo to have you! Enjoy man! Pura Vida

K.

Pd. Say Hi to Mac and Yolanda!

Keiner said...

Amy!! have lots and lots of fun over there! miss you girl! show them how do a trek properly! haha love! Pura Vida! K.

Adam Hollingworth said...

Rory - Good to see you're getting in as many photos again already mate. What is it with you?!

Have a blast man and good luck to everyone of 11B. Hope TAC, ahem, I mean Base Camp wasn't too tough and you learnt how to use a parang properly this time.

Adam

Maggie Roberton said...

Hi Amy,
Have enjoyed looking at the photos. Looks like a great bunch of people you're with. Have a great birthday on Thursday.
Miss you loads but can see you're having a great time.
Love, Mum x