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Phortse Team
Expedition Training

Himalayan Hands Training Weekend 1
September 1998, Glenbook, Hope, Guide Camp

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The first HH training weekend was an initial bonding session and recruitment drive, setting out the likely projects to be undertaken and getting people enthused for a 4 week community project in Nepal.

This training session spurred the recruitment of the rest of the delegates through word of mouth.

Himalayan Hands Training Weekend 2
21st - 22nd November 1998,Drum Hill Scout Camp

The second HH training weekend was much more focused, and now with the likely projects set, the delegates were asked to pick from one of seven project teams each doing different work in Nepal. Phortse was one of those teams.

Training in other areas started at this weekend with sessions on:

  • Navigation - wondering around with a compass and a bin liner on your head
  • First Aid - from cuts and bruises to mouth to mouth
  • Hygiene (Food, Water and Body) - how to stay healthy in a dirty environment
  • Photography - photography gurus share all
  • Fitness - likely levels of fitness required
  • Specialist Kit - kit required for expedition (Hot and Cold environments)
  • Culture - the Nepali culture
  • Language - basic Nepalese

We were lucky in having guidance from experienced people in all of these fields including Nepalese speakers in later weekends.

Himalayan Hands Training Weekend 3
15th - 16th May 1999, Drum Hill Scout Camp

The third HH training weekend concentrated on developing team spirit while continuing to give the basic expedition training necessary for each group to survive in Nepal. Sessions continued in the basic training areas, with short refresher sessions for those that felt they needed more training in any particular area.

With a native Nepali speaker throughout this weekend we were able to ask more details about the language and the culture of Nepal.

Himalayan Hands Training Weekend 4
11th - 12th September 1999, Glenbook, Hope, Guide Camp

This was the final joint training weekend allowing the opportunity to tie up any remaining loose ends before setting off for nepal. We were lucky in that Tony Freake and his wife were able to attend this weekend giving us a very detailed run down of what we could expect at Phortse and helping us to organise our team logistics. A slide show of Nepal and Phortse was also given to the entire expedition offering a great sense of adventure and anticipation for our journey ahead.