Wednesday, 17 November 2010

The Lost World Project - the Participant Experience

The Lost World Project - the Particpants Experience - an Extract...

If you've been following the Ibex Earth Blog you will be aware that in August 2010 we sent a critically acclaimed film crew to Mount Roraima, Venezuela to shoot a broadcast quality documentary about the plateau that inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to write his famous novel 'The Lost World'.

But did you know that ten people from across the UK won a place on the expedition after spending six months fundraising to help Ibex Earth secure the funding to make the film. Walking non-stop across Hadrian's Wall, cycling the length of the UK and having a duel on Tower Bridge were just some of the brilliant fundraising ideas that got the ten lucky participants onto the plane to Caracas, Venezuela.

The following is an extract taken from a document prepared by the participants with absolutely no input from Ibex Earth - the completed document will soon be up on the Ibex Earth website and will contain exclusive pictures from the participants time on Roraima's summit. 

And so it began...

We left for our 16-­‐day Venezuelan adventure and the wild blue yonder on the 20th August 2010. After 5 flights, two day-­‐long bus journeys (with a sleepover at Canaima National Park headquarters – otherwise known as a collection of huts) and a delightfully bumpy 4x4 trip to the remote Amerindian village of Paratepui we were ready to start the real adventure, our 10-­‐day trek to explore and film Mount Roraima and all her wonders!

Sadly, Roraima was shy and didn’t come out of the clouds until we reached our second camp, Rio Tok
at the end of the first day!

Luckily we had a spectacular vista of Kukenan ­‐ Roraima’s neighbouring plateau ‐ to remind us why
the blisters were going to be worth it!

Our first day saw us passing through hot, dry savannah with sporadic but much needed breaks under the towering canopies of rainforest that sprout up around small rivers which cut across the undulating uninhabited lowlands that characterised the terrain of our first encounter with trekking on the trip.

To be continued....

The fantastic participants of The Lost World Project

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