Friday, 12 October 2012

Welcome to Basecamp

Hungry? Need a shower?

How about a nice warm bed for the evening and a good 12 hours’ sleep?

Well, sadly that wasn’t an option for the 40-something Expedition 12K Raleigh Venturers we met at KK airport on Sunday 7 October! As soon as everyone had the time to become acquainted with their Delta training groups, and as many misplaced sleeping bags/phones/ rucksacks had been reunited with their owners, it was straight down to business.

First off it was time to head to the pool for the first official challenge – the swim assessment, essential before anyone can go diving with Raleigh.

Then, after some interesting cheese and cucumber sandwiches made lovingly by the Volunteer Managers (it’s amazing what you’ll eat when you’re hungry!) it was back on the coaches and straight to Base Camp for the whole team. An hour later and as everyone piled off the coaches we were treated to a rather special reception – the Host Country Venturers and PMs who had arrived the previous day and prepared a special ceremony for us in the form of a traditional bamboo stick dance, followed by a slightly less conventional Gangnam-style performance.

 Everyone was then introduced to their bashas where they would be sleeping for the next five nights, and despite the majority of people wanting to go to sleep then and there we all got together for our first proper meal of the expedition.
The next day there were no lie-ins, with breakfast served at 7 on the dot in anticipation of the first day of proper training, including energisers to get to know a bit more about each other and other sessions on using the radio, first aid training, river crossings and tools.

Then it was time for the Raleigh Olympics, and after a colourful opening ceremony where all five Delta groups put their skills on display, there were three rounds to sort the wheat from the chaff. First off was the tug of war,

followed by the almighty welly wanging challenge

and the final test of endurance – a massive water-based obstacle course, consisting of spinning around broomsticks, crawling under tarps, rolling tyres and a mini steeplechase – all while carrying a very precious mugful of water

After a good soaking for all Delta 1 emerged as the victors and opted for two tubs of ice cream rather than a gold medal. Who knows when they’ll get to eat it next! 


Anonymous said...

Hey Ruben vd Water! alles goed jongen... eerste blogberichtje! hoop dat je het helemaal goed hebt gehad de eerste fase. Kan niet wachten om te horen waar je naar toe gaat! hoop dat je beetje leuke Delta hebt en geniet! en wat je me smste onthoud dat na een aantal weken jungle het positieve effecten heeft haha eppe en ik hadden er beide vertrouwen in. Verder gaat het hier allemaal lekker. PSV veel in het nieuws Strootman aanvoerder van Oranje door blessure van Sneijder en Toivonen er 6 Maandjes uit!!! Heerlijk nieuws haha. Verder krijg je dit weekend nog van mij de interland uitslagen. Geniet ervan jongen! Zo jaloers om jou op basecamp te zien! geweldig daar!

Hey man hou je taai en denk eraan eerste weekjes afzien maar het is brilliant wat je tegemoet gaat!

Groetjes Maurits

See you sooon Sarah!

Jacqueline Fox said...

Message for Gemma Fox Raleigh Borneo 12k (Delta 1)
Glad to see you have been having great fun so far!! Trust you to win ice cream. Hope you haven't seen too many creepy crawlies we know how much you love them!!
Guess you will be on your way to your first venture by now keep smiling and enjoy every minute!! Lots of love Jackie Fox (Mum) xxx

Robin Schel said...

To: Annebel Moolhuijsen.

Lieve Annebel, ik hoop dat je het heel erg leuk hebt daar! Wat spannend allemaal zeg! Ik kijk elke dag op het blog om even te zien wat je allemaal doet daar!! Het is wel heel gek en even wennen zonder contact hoor!
Hier in Amerika gaat het goed met me, heel hard trainen, en gisteravond hadden we nog straftraining omdat we niet zo heel goed gespeeld hadden en vervolgens moesten we vanochtend om 6 uur al de sportschool in.. Ik zal vast wel op dit blog lezen wat je de komende 3 weken gaat doen! Ik wil je heel veel succes wensen en altijd hoofdje omhoog houden hè! You can do it! Lieve Annebel, ik denk aan je! Heel veel liefde, Robin

Adam Ives said...

To Gemma Fox

Hey baby, i hope you are ok. I have just seen the first photos of you and it is great to see you smiling :)

It looks amazing out there, i wish i could be there.
Keep up the good work and i hope you get my letter soon.
I miss you soooo much, i can't wait to see you.

I love you so so much, take care of yourself.
Love Adam xxxxxx

Juliet Liebenberg said...

To Laura Liebenberg

Great to finally see some pictures. Particularly loving the one of you being thrown with water !! It made Dad and I laugh sooo much. It looks like you are having a ball. You will have done your first night in the jungle by now, hope you are still smiling.

Its very quiet around here without you, miss you loads. Big hugs and kisses. Mum & Dad xxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Hello Cosmo! Not surprised you were on the ice cream winning team. We are following your journey and sending love and best wishes from Pauline ,Stephen, Carys and Iolo xxxx

Anonymous said...

To annebel Moolhuysen : Lieve bieb zag ineens een foto van je, dat was effe heel leuk en zag berichtje van Robin. Leuk om te lezen! Zijn nu bij papagayo wat leuker is dan mambo en heel dicht bij huis. Wat een vooruitzicht met jullie kerst 2012,, love you cees en Iris

Jonathan Grace said...

To Jamie Grace. Hi there we've been following you all on the blog and can see from the pics what you guys are up to. Just watched the Korean Grand Prix. Button was knocked out on the first lap. Vettel won, Webber, Alonso, Massa. Hamilton only managed 10th. Rankings now have Vettel leading Alonso by 6 points.
Will keep watching the blog.
Love, Mum and Dad.....

Anonymous said...


The pictures look amazing lu, looks like you are enjoying yourself!!!!!
We all miss you loads and can't wait to have you back in the pooooooool!

Love you loads
Alice xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx