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1971 Chimanimani Expeditions

1971 Chimanimani Expeditions

There were two expeditions as usual, B1 and 2 going in May and B3 in September. The first, and much larger, group had the misfortune of a very wet first night. Too many of them did nothing about trying to keep themselves and their Possessions dry and so had a very miserable start to the trip. Of one is reported that he "sat in the open air with water dripping off his nose, wishing his death wish"! It is worth making every effort to keep dry and and hope that future groups will learn from this experience and take the necessary trouble. After this bad start, the weather did improve and things went better, though most of the projects had to be curtailed because of the impossibility of doing a proper series of training walks.

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1983 Chimanimani Expeditions

1983 Chimanimani Expeditions - B Block Returns

It was very exciting when we found that we could at last  return to the Chimanimani Mountains for our annual B Block expeditions, even though only the Zimbabwe side is open. Thus, many of our old haunts - Martin's Falls, Kurasika and Poacher's Cave - are still out of bounds. We ran a preliminary staff expedition in April and six of us spent two nights at our old base camp on the Bundi River under Mitre Buttress. B1 and B2 Mathematics sets went up in May, 83 and 84 in September.

The first expedition had dreadful weather on the first day and several boys took wrong turnings. Unfortunately, one of these was separated from the rest when his pack fell asunder and he became lost. The search for him was hampered by the very poor conditions and we did not find him until the next morning. He had put up his bivvy and spent a comfortable night, without much supper but an abundance of water.

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1988 Chimanimani B Block Expedition

1988 Chimanimani B Block Expedition

The annual B Block expedition to the Eastern Highlands took place three weeks into the second term. B3 and B4 Maths sets went first and B1 and B2 followed a week later.  These excerpts from the boys projects were all taken from the second trip. The bare bones descriptions of such trips make for dry and uninteresting reading.  I hope that what follows will convey some of the blend of the "agony and the ecstasy" - though admittedly more of the former!
Richard Marriott

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