Well mid way through last year I got an opportunity through my work with the Red Cross New Zealand to go on a fully funded 3 week course at the Outward Bound School based in Anikiwa, Marlborough Sounds. (Actually only 20mins away from home)
I grabbed it with both hands, packed my bag and arrived one sunny day for what turned out to be one of the most fun and crazy times of my life.
We dump our gear, meet our 13 other watch mates and it's straight out in PT gear for a run in the mud.
I wont give away much else of what happened course wise (gotta keep it a surprise for anyone who might do it in the future) but I was challenged both physically and mentally, not to much myself but others did it real hard, especially in the first few days.
As with most things it is what you make of it, I was having too much fun and was too tired the rest of the time to have more than one morning of homesickness when I really wanted to get home to my family and dogs.
A lot of the things and places I already knew and it was fun to share that knowledge, the bond you build with people when your living with them every day for 21days is something that was surprising considering we had only known each other a matter of weeks, and it makes it very rewarding to help your watch mates in some way, big or small because when your tired, cold wet and hungry a little thing can seem like the greatest gift.
Anyway here's some pics to show a very little of what we went through:
Very full packs for a multiday trip in the rain:
Plenty of laughs were had:
And we celebrated it all on the last day by planting a Watch Tree:
To cap off this post, if you ever get the chance to go on one of these course DO IT!!!!
You won't regret it.
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