This is the part of the World Challenge experience where it suddenly gets very real. After more than a year of fund raising and team meetings in school, bag packs are on, tents are allocated and setup the trekking begins. And suddenly challengers think – “this is happening – I’m quite excited/scared/nervous buzzing”. Take your pick – it may be all 4.
Team Tanza 2 made their way to Aviemore with some brilliant weather considering it was October. Team 1 will head up in November, and if they get the weather half as good they’ll be delighted.
Day 1 saw tents allocated. The very tents that will be used in Tanzania. This was also the first time that the team met Expedition Leader Lyndsay and to get the ball rolling with responsibility and team work the first task was to put the tents up – blindfolded. Not a bad job done, with one member of the team giving instructions to 2 wearing blindfolds.
Next up it was packs on and up the hill. In Tanzania packs will be carried day after day (including tents) as this was a great chance for the team to see where they were with their fitness. Some work still to be done for sure, but with 8 months to go there will be nothing to worry about – as long as the fitness regime kicks in now.
Saturday evening saw the team cook up the meal that they had brought with them. A great job done here with everyone working well together. Another school were using the same training facility in Aviemore – they started cooking long before Team Tanza and were still at it long after Team Tanza had finished. Super efficient!
Bedtime saw weary bones getting into sleeping bags and a cold night ahead. More lessons learned – get a good quality bag, liner and ground mat. It pays to be comfy with more than 3 weeks in a tent facing challengers in Tanzania.
A 6 am start on Sunday and another efficient food service with the cooking team on breakfast sharply.
Today would see an easier trekking day with lots of stops to look at scenarios and consider isues that will be needed for the team in country.
Lunch at Loch Morlich and the leadership groups for Tanzania were announced. The al important accountancy role going to Morgan Spence. Mess this one up Morgan, and the team will be going hungry!
The day flew in and soon it was time to say farewell to Lynsey – the next time the group wil meet her will be at the airport heading for Tanzania next summer.
Back down the road and the journey went quicker knowing a McDs stop was planned. There will be none of that malarkey in Tanzania!
All in all a very succesfull training expedition. The team will have learned lots about themselves, their team mates, their levels of fitness and what is expected of them in Tanzania.
It’s going to be epic.