Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Update from Imbak (Alpha 5 - phase 2)

I’ve just returned to Fieldbase after a lovely couple of days at Imbak Canyon with the new phase 2 Alpha 5 group.  

Alpha 5 and their new PMs at Imbak Falls
Hatty, Alex, Nicky, Sam, Daniel, James, Joost, Zino, Nav, Vinnie and Dwana
The team is doing really well and they are already getting on like brothers and sisters. After a 4am start, a long coach ride and some off road 4x4ing we arrived at the Imbak Rangers camp around 3pm last Wednesday. It was a real treat for the group to have a night in bunk beds as most of them had been trekking in the previous phase or sleeping on the floor. After unloading the cars and setting up the radio we were treated to a delicious first night dinner by Hatty and Daniel.

Rangers Camp bunks

Hatty and Daniel about to serve dinner
After dinner the Imbak Rangers gave us a presentation about the conservation area and history and put on the first Expedition Borneo BBC episode – as it was filmed and set at Imbak at the BBC camp (Big Belian Camp – named after the types of trees there). Unfortunately, we were all so tired that we couldn’t watch the second episode (and we wanted to be able to get up at 6am on the off chance we spotted a gibbon as we were told between 7 and 8am was the best time to see them)

On Thursday morning we trekked for an hour into the jungle to Raleigh Camp and PM Ali gave the group a guided tour of their new home. As the PM for all three phases here at Imbak, Ali is now quite at home here and was really excited to be welcoming a new group.


The rest of the day was spent carrying in all our food and equipment 1.5km (as the bridge had evaporated during changeover and preventing closer access for the 4x4s). However, despite the task at hand the group was not deterred and through a hard day shuttling actually grew stronger as a team – and increasingly excited and amazed by their new home as they saw elephant footprints and beautiful views. 

Vinnie and Connor setting up the radio to establish comms
Unfortunately, the 1.5km shuttling was not the group’s only challenge as setting up the radio to establish comms with Fieldbase also proved difficult in the dense primary rainforest. Fortunately, with a rotation system in play the group got there in the end and slept VERY well - despite the sounds of the jungle and rustling of trees in the wind - on their first night at Imbak.

The Raleigh Camp at Imbak is dived into different areas. 
The bashas:


The kitchen area:


The communal eating area (also used for cards, reading, writing and team meetings- like the one below):



The fire pit:
The bathroom:


And it is looking really good – or as James (Alpha 5’s resident comedian) would say, 'Raleigh Raleigh good!' Get it??

The group have been doing a lot of planning and established a rota system for Rota for cooking, washing up, water duty, radio and day leader. This was something the group all agreed had worked really well in phase one and they were keen to keep in place for phase two. They also quickly carried out a food inventory of their Raleigh rations. The PM’s were really impressed with just how organized the group is – the boys even made some shelves for the tins.

After a busy morning we all headed down to Imbak falls and suspension bridge just five minutes’ walk away and took in its beauty. The group is buzzing and delighted to be spending a phase here. Swimming whilst looking up at such an amazing waterfall was really special and I know the group have already taken some amazing photos to bring home with them.


The PMs - Sarah, Connor and Ali
We also paid a visit to the BBC camp, home of the Big Belian trees and the project site. The first phase was spent doing up the Raleigh Campsite and so the actual project details within the conservation area are still to be determined by a meeting with the Engineer. However, initial conversations indicate that the group will be establishing the foundations of a new suspension bridge, enabling better access in and out of the Imbak site for conservationists, scientists and visitors. In addition, the team will be working to improve an old pully system which will enable the trees to be moved into place.
Through these trees will soon be a suspension bridge across the water

The fallen trees/logs will be moved into holes like this one and will provide
the foundations of the new suspension bridge

This is the pully system which will need renewing

When I left the group were having a day off and planning to go on a nature trail to see more of the area. I am looking forward to providing more details about their progress when the Loop return to Fieldbase next week.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

YAM Naveed, Navrose Mubarak

Wow i am so pleased to see that you are having a great time. All your photos remind me of my childhood in Kampala, Uganda. This is what i call a real life. You are so lucky to have this opportunity make the most of it.

Dadima was very pleased to see your photos as well and is wishing you Navrose Mubarak. Again we are very proud of you. Lots of LoveXxx Yasu Fui and Dadima

Anonymous said...

Hi Nav, (Alpha five)

How are you getting on? I saw your phase 2 photos and read about all the exciting things that you are all up to and I was actually feeling very envious when I saw the picture that you have of all of you sitting on a bench near the waterfall it seems and the scenery is beautiful and I was wishing I was there. You looked happy but you look extremely tired. I hope you are taking your malaria tablets and the multivitamins that I got you because you do need them so please take them.

Your brother is busy with his dessitation or whatever it is called and has a lot of reading to catch up on. He will be writing to you soon. So, I hope you are learning to cook so you can cook for us when you come back. lol! No burning of food ok?

I shall try and write to you tomorrow and post the letter so that you can get it by the time you come back to your base. Its very quiet in the house without you and I miss you lots. In fact all of us miss you.

I really enjoy reading all the different groups activities. Its amazing that we never even knew about all of these activities until you went there. I think that every venturer and all the groups are doing great and I hope you learn a lot from this experience.

tc of yourself and make the most of it as you only have 4 weeks left and then you will be back.

Lots of love,
Dad, Mum and AK

sheen said...

URGENT FOR LEE JIA HUI :

10A 1B :DD

Bm B+
BI A+
Moral A
Sej A-
Math A+
Addmath A-
Account A
Phy A-
Chem A
Chinese A-
Gce A

sheen said...

URGENT FOR LEE JIA HUI :

10A 1B :DD

Bm B+
BI A+
Moral A
Sej A-
Math A+
Addmath A-
Account A
Phy A-
Chem A
Chinese A-
Gce A

Anonymous said...

Hi Naveed (alpha five)
Sent you a long message yesterday through the computer but looks like that message did not get through to the blog so I thought I better stick to the phone to send you messages as I know that they do get through straight away or definitely the next day if I send it late afternoon.

I saw your photos of Phase 2 of your expedition. You aare smiling for a change. It is a lovely photo. The scenery is beautiful and every thing looks so green. Lovely but I must say you look very tired. Have you been taking the multivitamins and vit C and malaria tablets or not? I hope you have as it is very important you do as you need them.

I am looking forward to reading the next update of your group and how it is going. I have been reading all the updates of all the groups and everyone is doing so well and I think you should make the most of your expedition as you do not have long to go and time is flying and you will be home in about 4wks. When I look at all the photos I feel envious and wish when I was younger I had known about such expeditions so enjoy yourself and work hard and take care of yourself.

We all miss you lots but tc and Navroz mubarak. We will be going khanne today and I will be thinking of you. Regards and love from both sides of the families.

Lots of love,
Dad, Mum and AK

Charlotte Jones said...

To James Bryer, Alpha 5 – Phase Two.

Heyy Jamesy!!
Eeeep I’ve just read the blog about what you’ve been getting up to at the Imbak Canyon, and wow!!!! It looks and sounds so so so amazing! There are some photos up of your camp and the jungle- eeeep!! Wish I could be there with you Jamesy! And you hair has grown so so much already!
I read that you got up at 6am so you could try and spot some of the gibbons... awwhh!! It must have been such an incredible sight to see, and hehee they must have looked so cute!? Oooh! And I saw a photo of the big holes that will be the new foundation of the suspension bridge... hehee it reminded me of when we went paintballing last summer! Aaah that was so so much fun! Where you won the game by grabbing the tin, and then I shot the general! Woooo! And that castle map where we both crawled through the mud and grass together! Eeep I loved that so so much!
And HAHAHAHAA!! It made me laugh and smile so so much hearing that youre the comedian of the group! Its “Raleigh Raleigh good!!” hahaa!! I miss your jokes so so much Jamesy! I was at college the other day in a dance rehearsal, and I was eating a ham and salad sandwich, and part of the salad fell on the floor... and I said “come on guys, lettuce dance.” No one seemed to laugh but I found it hilarious hahahaha!!
and eeeeep!! Your video has 1,016 views now!! EEEEEP!! AND 120 subscribers!! Jamesy that’s incredible!! I listen to your music every single day, and I truly truly love it all so so much! I’m such a proud girlie! Ginger Voldemort(hahaha!) has also sent me some more bits for the cartoon! They’re the photo’s that will be hanging on the wall as he’s walking down the corridor of the castle, and eeep! They look amazing! Even better than I imagined, and when you look at them- you can really understand the story behind it and how the character feels, awwwh its so perfect jamesy! I’m so excited to see your face when you have a look! Eeeek!! :D
I miss you so so so sooo much Jamesy, and thinking of you constantly! Eeep I can’t wait to see you again! I love you with all the love in the world (and never ever ever ever forget that!) Lots and lots of love, your bella dog girl, Char xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

from church farm
To Peter Hodge

Those dates no longer possible for the mountain trek, Im slightly irked as they gave me until the 20th Mar to get back to them and I did, they gave alternative dates and they dont fit in with your flight back to UK. I will try and find another company. Hope everything ok with you it is here, boring not exciting like your having. Lots of love, be safe, hope you are still doing the journal for me. Lots of love me & James xxxxxx

G & G said...

From G & G to Hattie Lord - Alpha 5-phase 2
Hello Hattie, we hope you are now used to Phase 2 and your new colleagues. It looks as though you have a lot of hard work ahead of you with the building of the suspension bridge and renewing the pully system but it will all be good fun and we are sure you will manage it and make some good new friends in the process.Soon be Easter here and I think there will be a house full at Painsthorpe. Em & Andy and Matt are arriving with some of his friends from Uni.I'm sure you will be the main topic of conversation and M & D will take great delight in telling them all they know. Then the week after M & D will be packing their bags and off to Egypt. I suppose D will spend a lot of time diving but he is very envious of you going to Phase 3 when you will be able to dive in such a beautiful area. Tim is on his way this evening to stay in England for about 3 weeks. He sails tonight (Thurs) on the ferry and his first call is Devon where after a nights rest he will go to see Clare taking Sunny with him for a couple of days. I think he is coming to us next Thurs and then he wants to go to Painsthorpe to see your M & D if they can accommodate him. It is very cold here Hattie the temp just above freezing and a very cold wind. There seems no end to it we have had it so long !! and I suppose you are sweltering in the heat ??
Are you in contact at all with Ruth Sophie and Jools ?? You will have so much to talk about when you do meet up.I think there is a lot of interest in what you are doing and where you are from the students at Pocktingalington, they ask your Mum daily for an up-date. Some good photos of you in todays blog!!
Thats it for now Hattie, keep up the good work and your journal!!! and above all enjoy every minute of your experience. We all miss you so much
Lots and lots of love
G & G xx

Clare P said...

Lovely Hatty Lord, my beautiful helper.
It's so great that I can see what you're doing and I'm sure you are loving Borneo as much as I did.
Very pleased to see you are using your inherited cooking skills! I'm sure you are making the most of every minute.
All plans going very well here - can't wait to see you in June to hear all your stories.
Wish I was back there sharing it with you. Lots of love from Cornwall - thinking of you loads - go build that bridge!!
Big hug - Clare xxx

Anonymous said...

from church farm
to Peter Hodge

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http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g298307-d482160-Reviews-Mount_Kinabalu-Kota_Kinabalu_Kota_Kinabalu_District_West_Coast_Division_Sabah.html


have a look at these two links when you recieve them they are worth a read. I am still sorting your trek out.

love me xxxxxxxx

mariam said...

Daniel Razlan (Alpha 5)
Helloooooooo!!!, Lovely to see pics of you! OMG! Your hair!!,! What happened there? Hahaha...are you cutting each others hair? And you are so burnt! But you do look happy and well and thats all that matters :)
Pleased to know that you are putting your cooking skills to good use too!
Another week or so before you finish this phase.. How time flies! Will be looking forward to that phone call at change over.
Not much news this end. Just the routine. No plans for the weekend. Dads on call so havent seen very much of him as its been a busy week. Bams working hard... And dancing hard too! She has ballet later this evening as she did yesterday and tomorrow! Not skyped Razmy for more than a week! He is busy ... Just started his paeds posting.
We miss you so much. But knowing you are having such a great time there helps. Looking forward to more updates on the blog. Please becareful and stay safe.
Love you lots.
Mummy xxxxxxxxx (Dad, Bam and Razmy)

Anonymous said...


Hi Naveed Alpha 5

How you are you doing today. I am sure you are
still enjoying your project. so many different and challenging task to do.

Navroz Mubarak again we all went to JK yesterday and am sure your Mum or Dad must have taken Rozi Juro for you. I can assure you, you don't want to be here its freezing cold and is snowing in the North and we in March. But when you arrive back in April it will be nice and warm also bring some more sun to us.

Lots of Love Xxx from Dadi Ma and Yasu Fui

Leah lord said...

Hatty Alpha 5
Hi Hatty...hope you are well and enjoying phase 2 in the rain forest...the photos on the blog are amazing..nice photo of you and Daniel cooking dinner...couldn't just see what it was though. We are freezing here...due snow overnight and we are going to see the Granthams tomorrow. School finished today ..yippee. Chatted with L and LH today they were keen to hear what you are doing. Matt and other boys?which...home on Thursday ...Jim made a team for Pock rugby 7's. I will be singing with the choir in church on Friday...not sounding as beautiful as your chamber choir yet!
Think about you every day ...love you lots. Mums

Leah lord said...

Hatty Alpha 5
Hi Hatty...hope you are well and enjoying phase 2 in the rain forest...the photos on the blog are amazing..nice photo of you and Daniel cooking dinner...couldn't just see what it was though. We are freezing here...due snow overnight and we are going to see the Granthams tomorrow. School finished today ..yippee. Chatted with L and LH today they were keen to hear what you are doing. Matt and other boys?which...home on Thursday ...Jim made a team for Pock rugby 7's. I will be singing with the choir in church on Friday...not sounding as beautiful as your chamber choir yet!
Think about you every day ...love you lots. Mums

Anonymous said...

To Joost Weimar - Alpha 5

Joost!
Jij bent vast heel blij dat je niet bij die kutbeesten van biodiversity zit nu hihi. Ik zag dat jullie bedden hadden! Wat chil! Het was zo chil in KK, heb echt genoten van een normale douche, bed, lekker eten, me normaal aankleden, dat soort dingen. Maar goed dat is nu ook allemaal weer normaal. Ben nu weer aan het werk en naar te veel feestjes aan het gaan hihi. Het is echt nog winter hier, dus geniet van de zon daar :). Heel veel succes en plezier nog met de brug ;)
Liefs, Carlijn

Anonymous said...

To Nicky Blom - Alpha 5

Hi Nicky!
Hoe is het? Blij met dit project? Het zwaarste heb je nu in ieder geval achter de rug :). Ik heb heerlijk gechild in KK, genieten van normale dingen als een bed, een douche en lekker eten. Ben nu veel aan het werken en vooral enorm veel aan het feesten. Het is hier ijskoud dus geniet van de zon daar!
Liefs, Carlijn

Robert Greener said...

for Sarah Greener, Alpha 9

Some really great pics - it is good to see you seeking out the camera, at least we know you got there! The forest and beaches look beautiful, and it looks like hard work, but hopefully rewarding - not quite the same challenges as cycling on icy roads, a bit of a change of temperature...

By the time you get this you will be thinking about the next phase which will surely be very different. I hope you are enjoying everything you are doing, and creating memories that will sustain you - you really are getting to see some very different parts of this big world of ours...

We miss you, and think about you a lot. Amanda has sent three snail-mail letters so far, let''s hope they get past the leeches (if the French post office can get its act together...). Love and best wishes, Dad.

Anonymous said...

to naveed rajan (alpha 5)
hey bro
hope your having a good time, we all miss you loads, you need to eat mate, looking too skinny in the pics lol. munch on some bugs fam ahahha. I hope you haven't forgotten us at home, were all jealous of this amazing experience your having. we love you loads and will miss u on sunday at the footy tournament.
take care
lots of love from
cake and the rest of the lads.