Jim Godfrey from Mountains of Adventure took Craghoppers' insect-repellent clothing, the NosiLife Shirt and Trousers through the Costa Rican rainforest. Here's a brief diary of the expedition as well as Jim's review of the gear.
Trekking through the Corcovado National Park
The team spent one month in Costa Rica visiting many areas of the country and undertaking a variety of activities. We left the UK on Wednesday, 13 July and returned on Friday, 12 August 2011.
The first two nights were spent in the capital city (San Jose). This provided the opportunity for some acclimatisation and orientation. There was also time to make some arrangements and plans for the remainder of the trip.
From San Jose we travelled to La Amistad National Park in the south of Costa Rica. At La Amistad, we undertook three day treks to help the group with acclimatisation and getting used to the environment. The amount of recent rainfall presented challenging conditions.
The team then spent a week staying within the community near the town of Ciudad Neilly close to the border with Panama. The week provided a great opportunity to meet and interact with the local community. It also enabled the group to undertake some tasks to benefit the local community.
After the community project we travelled to the Peninsula de Osa where we spent the next five days in the small town of Puerto Jimenez. The team had time for rest and relaxation on the beach and also a boat trip to watch dolphins. We also used the opportunity to make arrangements for the remainder of the expedition.
From Puerto Jimenez we made the short trip to commence the main trek at La Palma. The main trek consisted of 5 days of trekking through the Corcovado National Park. The total distance covered was 55 km across a variety of terrain including jungle, rain forest and beach. Some days were challenging due to the terrain and climate. All Challengers completed the whole trek which was a fantastic achievement.
Finally, the team concluded the expedition with the rest and relaxation phase. We travelled north to Quepos for a few days by the beach and then further north to Arenal and Monteverde. On the last three days we visited the volcanic hot springs, completed the zip wiring tour and white water rafting trip.
The expedition provided lots of variety and was enjoyed by all. There were some challenging days but also plenty of time to relax and soak up the culture and atmosphere.|
- The cut of the trousers/material used make the trousers very comfortable.
- The men's trousers are quick drying and easy to wash.
- The insect-repellent trousers are just as good for travelling as they are on the trail.
- The waterproof bag is useful but I removed it from the pocket and carried it in my bag. Having the bag, and contents,in the pocket is quite bulky.
- There are one or two places where the stitching came undone or the material frayed a little. However, these were minor.
- The men's shirt is an outstanding piece of clothing a firm favourite in my wardrobe.
- The cut of the shirt and the material make it very comfortable.
- The shirt is quick drying and easy to wash.
- This walking shirt is very comfortable even when wet.
- The left chest pocket with a zip is good and may have been useful on the right as well. I actually kept this pocket open and used it as an extra vent.
- Perhaps it would be useful to have underarm vents.
- I was impressed with the insect-repellent shirt. I can only recall one insect which landed on the shirt and stung me through the fabric.
About Mountains of Adventure
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