Welcome all to the Navigator – Australian Alps blog for these April holidays. We are super excited to have two teams of 14 young adventurers set to go on their 12 day challenge through the spectacular Namadgi National Park. Everyone is settling in and getting to know each other. Stay tuned for more news during the week. Whilst we may have a lag in photos flown in via kookaburra we’ll try and get some stories out to you daily. Stay tuned for more great stories of team work, participants overcoming lots of challenges and fun times!
A huge shout out to the 28 young people heading out on this big expedition. At the welcome ceremony the 28 participants were divided up into two teams and they had an afternoon of getting to know their new team members. Team 1 have the fabulous Bec and Luka as their instructors and Team 2 have Gresh and Chelsea as their instructors. One team started with the high ropes challenge course whilst the other team settled into some team building challenges to help them tackle the high ropes challenge course tomorrow.
SO it’s been a big day for both teams with members showing their courage and bravery on the challenge ropes course. Both teams soared to great heights and showing some good support and camaraderie for each other. They’ve headed out towards Brayfield Hut in the buses this afternoon to begin their long journey homewards. They will be learning to navigate through some beautiful sub alpine terrain and having a go at being leaders at different points. Keep giving them a shout out so that they can see your comments in the post below.
Yesterday the bus wound up into the mountains south of National Base to drop off the two teams for their expedition home. They began to understand the journey ahead as they passed many mountains!
The instructors spent some time with all the team members giving them their first lessons in navigation. Today they will put these new skills into practice. With packs on the teams headed off on their own independent journeys. Each team will plan a route and take turns in being the leaders.
We probably won’t get photos for a few days but will hopefully be able to get some stories of their first hike tomorrow. Stay tuned!!
Teams have headed today to the beautiful Yankee Hat area. Yankee Hat is a small dome shaped mountain which has Indigenous rock art at the bottom. Both teams have started to place different individuals as leaders of the day. They have reported that there challenges mostly since starting hiking is getting used to hiking with packs and waking up early!
The highlights have been the serenity through the areas they’ve walked , stars at night time, amazing views and being in an amazing place away from the normal life style. Team members are showing good support for each other.
We’ll upload the photos from their photos in the the next 24hrs as we are able to pick them up.
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