Navigator - Rainforest - January 2019 | Outward Bound Australia
January 14, 2019 4:04PM

Navigator – Rainforest – January 2019

Welcome to the Navigator blog for our team on expedition through spectacular Rainforests in Nth NSW. We hope you enjoy keeping up to date with the stories and triumphs of the team over the next 12 days. We’ll try and get photos up as soon as they come in but there is often a couple of day’s delay.

Day 1

Welcome to the 14 young people ready for the adventure. A big high five to two members who have joined us for their second and third Navigator adventures respectively!!

Everyone has arrived safely – yay! Their instructors, Cat and Simon, are excited to meet them and they have planned a brilliant 12 days of adventures for them.

The team prepared their expedition equipment ensuring they had all the food, water and gear needed for the first leg of their expedition. After a lunch in the Longhouse they then hiked the ‘Rainforest track’ to camp. The track is a steep incline which puts them to the test first thing so they get used to their bags and each other’s company.

Day 2

The day began with a lesson on leadership called the Leadership Wheel. The Leadership Wheel is a unique way of looking at leadership archetypes.

At the end of the workshop young people realise that there are many ways to lead and each has their “Wisdoms” and “Shadows”. During the journey the young people can use this as  a reflection tool to evaluate how they are leading other’s in their team. Interestingly the majority of the group were found to be Visionaries with 4 Nurturers and 1 Warrior. We look forward to seeing all the unique and amazing ideas that this team comes forward with during the journey!

With some new ideas about leadership James and Tom took the lead of the group for the day. First task to complete was the Giant Ladder. Well done to Mitchell who overcame his fear of heights and made it to the second rung on the giants ladder. With not enough Teachers in the group managing the time there was a late arrival to camp. But the team have now set up and a roaring fire to cook on and are settling in for a good night.

Day 3

Mountain biking the challenging Lemon Tree Road trail.

Today was a very hot and dry day leading to the group moving a bit sluggishly but they loved the bike riding. Heading up the hills on slippery gravel was the biggest challenge for most and for some the downhills were very scary. The crew is forming friendships and roles within the team which is fantastic to see. Tonight they cooked dinner from start to finish with very little help or guidance from the instructors. Leader of the day were Billy and Mitch who rose to the task and were fantastic.

Day 4 and 5

On Thursday the team kept in the cool by following the Tweed River. Hiking through beautiful Bangalow palm forest they learnt about some of the native flora putting this to good use by making a make shift hat for Levi made out of bangalow palm and giant elephant ears (the plant not the animal!). Highlight of day from Shaun and Emma was building an “appreciation for getting to learn about the land that we have been staying on and have the knowledge to appreciate it”.

The team had a generally fun day and their navigation skills are improving as they even got to practice some off track navigation with compass and maps.

From it’s inception Outward Bound programs have emphasized compassion for other’s as the most important lesson to learn from our programs. Cat and Simon (the instructors) have been very impressed with the way this team cares for each member of their crew.

While climbing Big Ben on Friday, a 30 metre high hoop pine, the team realized one participant was a little past their comfort zone. So they all climbed back down the tree to support their fellow teammate. Once they had dropped off their teammate the others then climbed back up to reach their goal.

The leaders of day were Jayden and Jemi with a little additional support from Mitch. The leaders managed their team well and the team gave back to the environment through the tree planting service project today. Outward Bound has been an integral partner with Tweed Valley council in replanting the river corridor. Grace really enjoyed the service saying that “she found it very therapeutic and took her mind of other things”.

The team continues to learn how to work better with each other. Today involved a communication session, identifying that talking over each other is an issue they are working on. On the humorous side the group has a natural gas issue due to the baked beans (thanks for sharing team!) and they think this is hilarious.

The group are craving coffee, up and go’s, oranges and spaghetti and have started leaving lists of their requests for the back up staff.

Day 6

Today was a day of big challenges with big rewards starting with a 2am wake up to climb Mt Warning. Alex and H were leading the group today and although they didn’t quite make it to the top for sunrise they were rewarded with stunning views and clear skies.

It was a scorcher of a day so luckily after Mt Warning the group reached Clarrie Hall dam for their first day of canoeing. There were lots of zig-zagging and circles as they learned to work together to steer their boats. There was not too much concern about capsizing in the hot weather and Tom and Jayden ‘accidently’ fell out of their canoe but were very impressive getting back in without tipping their boat over. The crew went in for a well deserved swim upon reaching their campsite and then it was time for a different type of challenge – an inward journey of self-reflection for their solo activity. This is a chance for them to recharge and reflect on what they’ve achieved so far and to set some goals for the rest of program and for the rest of their lives!

Day 7 and 8

The team are travelling well over the past two days. They have completed their overnight solo and had a delicious bushcook with roast meats and vegetables in the coals. One of the challenges they completed was the maze (pictured with blindfolds). A sensory challenge that requires good listening and communication.

Day 9

Notes from the field:

“The crew had an epic day of hiking over Mt Jerusalem. It was their biggest challenge. They had to navigate off track while negotiating some thick, rainforest vegetation. But the views were impressive and the group was in high spirits getting into camp.

Their campsite last night is the most beautiful on our circuit with views over the valley they’ve been travelling through over the last 10 days. They could see Wollumbin (Mt Warning) which they summitted a few days before as well as Clarrie hall dam where they canoed. Today is their final hike through beautiful rainforest and the group will be doing a values journey along the way – a chance to reflect on what their values are and how they can live up to them.”

Day 10

Day 11

Getting into camp late the night before the group powered together to hike to Minion Falls lookout. There they where amazed by spectacular views of the falls as they cascade 100m into the pool below. The viewing platform also is something to be experienced!

We welcomed back to of our team members after a short break. The team was excited to see them back and both highlighted how supportive the team have been of them especially on the hikes. As these young people work together they begin to realise the importance of supporting each other to achieve their best. Well done to the team.

The team has arrived at the basecamp and are very excited to achieve so much during their expedition. They still have some challenges to complete. First they headed to the leap of faith where everyone had a go at jumping off the pole. Blindfolded and attached to the safety line, individual’s climb the pole to the top and stand on a small platform. A ball hangs a small leap in front of them and with the encouragement of their team mates and trust in themselves they jump off the platform to try and reach the ball. Mitch showed exceptional courage facing his fears making it bravely to the top of the ladder before coming down.

As dinner rocked round that evening the team was loud, chatty and nothing but smiles. This erupted into cheers when they discovered someone else was making dinner for them! This was a celebration of all they had achieved over the 11 days. The night finished with a talent show put on by the participants, with singing, dancing and guitar playing.

Day 12

After 12 days of journeying today was a chance for the team to celebrate their achievements! Food of course was an important part of this and they enjoyed their pancake breakfast and a shower! Looking back on the 12 days the team reflected on their successes. Navigator adventures provide young people an opportunity to experience leading their peers. Reflecting on what they had learn on leadership each person identified what they had learnt the most.

“I learned how to motivate different individuals to get them on the same page. I also learned a bit about the Sage leadership style – changing my leadership type depending on the situation” Billy

“I learned I had to change my approach depending on the situation” Jemi

“It was hard because getting everyone to listen to you is hard” H

“I learned to use my voice” Jayden

“Although the road may be long with bends and bumps you must stand tall and empower them all” Mitch

“It is very difficult to make people listen – I learned to be a louder person to get people to listen” Levi

“Leadership is challenging because not everyone listens to you and it’s a lot of responsibility” Raha

“I usually find leadership easy – but in this situation it was hard to lead because everyone was tired. but it was good resistance training because it was tough in the field but things will be easier back home” Shaun

In recognition of their achievements participants presented each other with their Outward Bound certificate. A special congratulations to
Jemi who was awarded her Outward Bound pin for 65 days in the field and her 4th Outward Bound program. Jemi lowered the Blue Peter flag which signified that their great adventure was over and that they were safe back home.

35 comments for "Navigator – Rainforest – January 2019"

The Shorts
January 25, 2019 10:12AM

Hi Jemi & Mitchell,

Great achievements and another one completed, you are both amazing and very committed. Enjoy the final stages and a safe trip home. Looking forward to catching up with you on return and learn first hand of your adventures.

Love, GMS & GPR

January 24, 2019 4:52PM

Hi Tom,

It has been so great to follow this amazing experience that you have had. We are all really looking forward to having you home and hearing about all that you have done and about everyone you have met.Enjoy this last part and safe travels.

Love Mum.

January 23, 2019 6:56PM

Hi Helia! Nearly at the end – looks like you’ve been having a great time. Well done, so proud of you! Xx

Amanda Field
January 23, 2019 6:52PM

Hi Em

We are missing you so much but hoping you are having a wonderful time! It’s been so good to read the blog and see the photos, we log on every day hoping for more!
Can’t wait to see you Friday, we are so proud of you.

Tons of love, mum, dad, tom, meg & lu xx

January 23, 2019 3:37PM

Hey Alex
hope you havin a great time mate will be good to see you when ur back, all the boiz missing ya.

The Crawley Family
January 23, 2019 1:35PM

Hi Jemi and Mitchell,
What a beautiful place for your last hike of the course.
Well done! Enjoy the last few days, we’re very proud of you.
Love Mum, Clint, Josh and Ava

Rebecca bridges
January 22, 2019 8:10PM

Hi Alex ,
We hope you are feeling the experience and making the most of a wonderful opportunity
You are so lucky to have family that support you , see you on the flip side
Rebecca & Craig

January 22, 2019 5:36PM

Hey Tom; looks like you’re having a great time and really taking advantage of the opportunity. Not like you to ‘accidentally’ tip a canoe though…..mmmm 😉 We are all looking forward to hearing all about the adventures you’ve had. Cheers mate….Dad.

Andrea & Bruce
January 22, 2019 10:28AM

Hey Alex! We are thinking of you and loving the blog updates! Hope the solo overnight went well! How cool that you led the group up Mt Warning, the photos look beautiful. Can you put yourself in front of the camera more? We can’t see you in the photos! We miss you heaps! Can’t wait to see you Friday!!
Love, mom & dad xx

The Shorts
January 21, 2019 9:48PM

Hi Jemi & Mitch,
The climb and viewing at Mt Warning is quite spectacular and a great accomplishment. Jemi – you are a tenacious adventurer and Mitch – well done on reaching new heights. You are both legends.
Keep on enjoying the experiences and have fun. Go for it!!

Love, Sweetsie & GPR

Elinor Dewar
January 21, 2019 8:31PM

Hi Alex what an amazing experience and I’m sure you’re enjoying it all in this beautiful place. Keith and I were at Mt Warning years ago but no way we could have done what you are doing.
Love you Nanny D.

Jemi and Mitch
January 21, 2019 6:13PM

Hi Jemi and Mitch,
love reading about your exploits! You’ve faced a few challenges and come out in front! Onya!!
love Grandad and Grans:)

Pauline Falach
January 21, 2019 1:40PM

I’ve only just found the daily blog and it was so good to see you!! Zac & I love your hair’s probably way cooler! Whoever managed to braid your curls into plaits is a star!
We all miss you of course and are very proud of all you’ve accomplished. Sadly Teresa passed away the day you left, I know that must’ve been hard for you. Thank you for being there xx The funeral is this Friday so think of us.
I will send Micheal details for you to reach Gabby in Brisbane.
Until we see you next week, know you are loved and missed by us all!
Mum, Abba, Zac, Ruby, Oreo & Lily xxxx*

The Crawley Family
January 21, 2019 11:18AM

Hi Jemi,
So glad to hear you’re back with the group, your arm must be holding up ok to be that far up the tree!
Hope you enjoyed solo.
Love Mum, Clint, Josh and Ava

Mark and Aileen
January 21, 2019 10:06AM

Hi mitch and jemi, photos are great. Sounds like your having fun. Swim woulf of been nice to freshen up. Look forward to hearing all about your trip.
Love Mark, mum , Ciarne and Emily . Xxx

January 19, 2019 4:05PM

Hey Ra,
You are half way there! You got this, I know you can do it, hang in there. Rxx

Grandad and Grans
January 19, 2019 1:26PM

Hi Jemi and Mitchell,
We’re following your adventure and sending love and best wishes for fulfilling experiences.
Grandad and Grans

January 19, 2019 12:08PM

Hi Alex! Love seeing these pictures!!! What an amazing adventure you are on 😊👏. Hope you’re enjoying your time and it’s not too hot. I hear Australia is having a heat wave come through?. ☀️🔥 Stay cool!
We are sending our love from America! ♥️
Lots of Love and Hugs!!! 🤗💙
~Uncle B, Aunt T, Abbie, Jake, and Ellie

Joanna Buckland Jones
January 19, 2019 9:04AM

Hi Em
Absolutely fantastic to be able to read and see what you are doing.
Hope you are enjoying it and continue to do so.
Proud of you.
Love Nan xx

Nana Rose
January 19, 2019 4:18AM

Hi Alex,
I love all the pictures of this new adventure and the stories too.
I can’t wait to be there Down Under again and hear all about what you liked the most!! I miss you! And Love you tons!!

Dewar Family
January 18, 2019 5:08PM

We are loving all the photos! You look to be in your element Alex! Dad is so jealous and Lachy said to tell you he really misses you. Can’t wait for more pics!!!
Lots of love from mom, dad and your brothers xx

The Crawley Family
January 18, 2019 3:54PM

Hi Jemi and Mitchell,
Hooray! So glad the mountain biking practice has paid off.
Looks like a lot of fun. Well done!
Love Mum, Clint, Josh and Ava

Rayni Gauci
January 18, 2019 8:05AM

Hi Ra,
Looks like you are having an amazing adventure, can’t wait to hear all about it! Especially what your Leadership style is!

Hope your knee is ok?!

love Rayni, Godfrey, Evie and Maddie

Neil and Sue
January 17, 2019 10:47PM

What a great start! Looks amazing – and challenging. Enjoy tonight’s beautiful clear moonlit sky if you can stay awake long enough.
Go, Nick, give it all you’ve got.
Love from Nan and Pop

The Shorts
January 17, 2019 10:21PM

Hi Jemi & Mitchel,

Great start and enjoyment with the expedition, have a wonderful time and keep the adventures going. looks like a fantastic group.


Amanda Field
January 17, 2019 6:46PM

hi em, we have only just discovered these photos! So good to see, hope you are enjoying yourself. We all miss you heaps, no one’s here to eat all the ice!!
Luv u tons awesome girl
mum, dad, tom, meg & lucy xx

Mark and Aileen
January 17, 2019 3:08PM

Well done mitch, we knew u could tackle that fear of heights. Great effort.
Love mark, mum ,ciarne and emily😁

January 17, 2019 1:47PM

It’s great to be able to read these updates. The photos are fabulous too! Keep up the great work everyone.

Bianca Bennett
January 16, 2019 9:15PM

Hi RaRa
Hoping you’re having an amazing time what a great adventure. Can’t wait to hear all about it. Bianca xxx

Mark stephenson
January 16, 2019 6:35PM

Hi mitch and jemi,
Hope u are having an amazing time so far. Looks like an amazing spot where u are.
Enjoy your adventure.
Love mark, mum, ciarne and emily❤

Paul & Jenn
January 16, 2019 11:51AM

Great start team! Billy – how’s that foot?!!

xx Mum & Dad

Andrea Dewar
January 16, 2019 1:05AM

What a beautiful location for an amazing adventure! Have a wonderful time Alex! We miss you and send lots of love to you!
❤️ Mum, dad, Zac, Duncan & Lachy

January 15, 2019 5:40PM

Hey Jemi and Mitchell,

I hope you’re having an amazing time, it looks like a beautiful spot for an expedition!

All the best, Josh 🙂

The Crawley Family
January 15, 2019 1:04PM

Hi Jemi,
Such a beautiful place!
We’re looking forward to following your adventures.
Have a great trip!
Love Mum, Clint, Josh and Ava

January 15, 2019 9:35AM

What a great group. Wishing them all a fabulous adventure!


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