Young Explorer - Australian Alps January 2019 | Outward Bound Australia
January 21, 2019 2:02PM

Young Explorer – Australian Alps January 2019

Welcome to Young Explorer – Australian Alps!

We have 32 very adventurous young people, 2 groups and 4 instructors ready to share some great stories of team work, overcoming challenges and successes with you. Please check in and follow along. Photos and stories will come in and be uploaded via bush telegraph. This sometimes takes a day to a day and a half so please bear with us.

Day 1

Everyone has arrived safe and sound. Instructors Lukas/Emily and Emily/Jacob are excited to get to know their teams this week. Today they are jumping into action with a great team challenge – raft building for one team and Giant Ladder for the other team!

Notes from the field:

Team 1

” There were a few nerves to begin with but by lunchtime everyone was getting on amazingly especially as not too many people knew each other. We started the day with Zombie tag. We were then issued our Outward Bound gear including backpacks and sleeping bags. After lunch we did the Giant Ladder. Everyone put in a huge effort in the heat. We refreshed ourselves by going for a swim in the river. Once at camp the instructors taught us to set up our bivvies which we will sleep under. For dinner we had spaghetti and enjoyed sitting around the fire getting to know each other.”

Team 2

“The group bonded really well at the start and enjoyed raft building and swimming to get away from the heat. We have a lot of nervous energy but are becoming more comfortable with camp.”

Day 2

Both teams have been up early learning how to pack their bags today. Wild possums and mosquitoes challenged some members of the team. Both teams have a big day ahead with more high ropes challenges including the Vertical Play Pen, a citizen science project helping Outward Bound to monitor the water quality of the Murrumbidgee. This data is then passed on to the ACT southern catchment group.

They will then have a short hike to their first campsite in the early evening to avoid the heat of the middle of the day.

Day 3

Both teams are heading into Namadgi National Park today to explore. The teams started their overnight expedition on the southern side of Mt Tennent. One team decided to carry all their gear whilst the other team carried day packs. Both teams hiked really well and made camp in the beautiful Bushfolds flats.

Day 4

Today they hope to Summit Mt Tennent (all with day packs) in the cooler morning before hiking back down. Unfortunately it seems like we have had battery issues and so there are no photos.

Notes from the field:

” Today we hiked up and over Mt Tennent. It is one of the steepest mountains we’ve ever hiked! Spirits were high when we reached the summit. We could see both Namadgi National Park and Canberra. One of the hardest things about today (apart from hiking uphill) was getting the team to walk at the same pace. We also had to look after each other in the hot weather.”


Day 5

All 32 team members have shown amazing resilience this week. They have shown some real grit and determination and should be proud of all they have done. As part of a service project that Outward Bound has been part of for 8 years, the young people met Tim Booth along the Murrumbidgee corridor. Degraded from many years of misuse participants have been replanting the river corridor. These young people were able to play their part in the river restoration by planting a native shrub or tree. In 50 years time there small action today will still have lasting benefits.

Well done to all team members on completing their Young Explorer adventure!



23 comments for "Young Explorer – Australian Alps January 2019"

Joleen hing
January 24, 2019 8:19PM

Hi Ben and your Young Explorer friends,
Love those photos and updates, enjoy your last day can’t wait to hear all the adventures you had. Thank you DCO and the outward bound teams and leaders for this amazing opportunity.
Joleen (Ben’s mum)

Dee Breust
January 24, 2019 8:14PM

Hi Imogen
Sounds like you are having fun darling, miss you and can’t wait to hear about your adventures.
Much love granny and boppa xxx❤️❤️❤️

Janelle McMahon
January 24, 2019 6:35PM

Hey Maddy and young explorers
So proud of you. You are incredible little miss adventurer. I hope you have enjoyed overcoming the challenges and charging on through. I bet you loved the swim and all water activities. One more sleep, can’t wait to hear all about it.
See you tomorrow.
Janelle, Geoff & Zander (Maddy’s mum, dad and lil bro)

January 24, 2019 6:32PM

Hi Adonai & team, You must be exhausted! Sounds like you are making amazing memories. Not long to go. Enjoy your time together.

Lorne McClurg
January 24, 2019 10:28AM

Hi Emerson and other Young Explorers,
Looks and sounds like you’re having a good time, embracing the challenges of Outward Bound. Enjoy your last couple of days and relish in the achievement of completing the course.

January 23, 2019 9:36PM

Hi Declan and Young Explorer Alps,

Hope you’re having a super time! Love the photos 😊 Dec I bet you loved the high ropes.

See you on Friday
Mum/Emma, Mitch and Brad

January 23, 2019 5:54PM

Shout out to Adonai and his team, enjoy making memories that you will have forever. Remember that if we are not challenged, we do not grow!! Looks like you are having a blast.

Erik A
January 23, 2019 3:14PM

Hi Wesley, looks like you guys are having a blast! Have a great week buddy.


Geoff Young
January 23, 2019 9:36AM

It must of been fun under the hoochies last night with the big thunder storm.
Enjoy the adventure.

Janelle McMahon
January 23, 2019 9:23AM

Hey Maddy and teams
Loving the updates and photo’s, wondering if you are MIA miss Maddy…. (no photos of you so far) jump in for a photo let us see you having fun and adventure. Love you lots xoxo
Janelle (Maddy’s mum)

Louise Russell
January 23, 2019 7:49AM

Hi Fletch and the Young Explorers – looks like you’re having a great time!

Kelly Andresen
January 22, 2019 10:21PM

Hello Wesley !

Hope you are enjoying this great experience. Looking forward to the updates!


Ben E
January 22, 2019 10:03PM

Hi Callum and Team,

We hope you all find it challenging AND rewarding! Have a great time!

Thanks to DCO and Outward Bound for this amazing opportunity.


Nadyne Gardiner
January 22, 2019 9:51PM

Hello Immi, and Young Explorers,
Sounds like you have had a great start to your adventure. What a wonderful time you must all be having, we are loving the photos showing you all embracing the opportunity and working together. Enjoy yourselves!
Chris and Nadyne (Immi’s dad and mum).

Geoff young
January 22, 2019 7:19PM

Waiting with excitement for the next lot of photos…..

Kylie Bonnor
January 22, 2019 6:33PM

Great photos, amazing opportunity, hopefully they all did better on the Giant Ladder than I did on Women of Courage last year!! What an awesome opportunity thanks to DCO. enjoy Kylie

Tracey Vincent
January 22, 2019 5:33PM

Hi to all the young explorers especially Vince. It’s only day 2 and already you’ve done some amazing things. Am loving the photos and look forward to seeing what comes next.
(Vince’s grandmother).

Denise Woods (Mia's Mum)
January 22, 2019 11:12AM

Hi Mia and team mates
It’s so great to see that your adventure has begun. Bet you’re glad you packed for mozzies Mia. Can’t wait to see how it all unfolds. Have a great time!

Janelle McMahon
January 22, 2019 8:08AM

Hi Maddy and your Young Explorer friends,
Love the photos and updates. Let the adventures begin. You are all so lucky to have been given this wonderful opportunity.
Janelle (Maddy’s mum)

Kim Rixom
January 22, 2019 7:31AM

Hi Cody and all of your team mates,

Have a great week, look forward to seeing more pics and updates.

Kim (Cody’s mum)

January 22, 2019 7:14AM

Thank you for the update. Sounds like lots of fun. Enjoy!

Jennifer Green
January 21, 2019 8:54PM

Hi Young Explorers,
Hope you have a great week and look forward to your photos & updates!
Jenny (Freya & Nat’s mum)

January 21, 2019 6:51PM

To all of the Young Explorers remember life was meant for good friends and great adventures. A huge thank you to DCO and Outward Bound for providing this brilliant opportunity to achieve both.


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