Finding the Source of the Essequibo!

Firstly apologies for falling off the face of the planet for the last week. I’m going to hold my hands up that this is an utter baptism of fire for me in terms of responsibilities. I’ve just turned 25-years-old (here in the jungle – woop woop!) and I suddenly find myself leading two amazing (and already very accomplished) friends and six Wai Wai indigenous guides through an environment that scares me and that I am “processing” as I write.

I could not have predicted the stress that I feel; sometimes I feel like I’m going to vomit. I’m so fried about logistics, different people’s conflicting wants, sponsorship commitments, and simply leading the team through the jungle. We have timings to try and stick to if the cameramen are to swap out at the right time and I’m trying to juggle it all with really limited battery-power and headspace! To top it all I miss my son in a way that is indescribably painful. I knew it would be tough – but about a week ago it started stabbing me like a machete. Its more than tough; some nights I literally sob myself to sleep in my hammock.

So something had to give in our battle through the tangled jungle to get to the source and back – and it was social media updates over the last week. Sorry – my bad.

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But this is not a sob story – far from it – I just wanted to give some context to the situation. In fact – its all incredibly positive…

The amazing truth is that we got to the source of the Essequibo, logged the position, took some photos (sensible and daft of course – you know me!), and we are now back in the Wai Wai village having a well-earned rest day.

If we had inflated our rubber kayaks when we got back to the cache we would have got them ripped to shreds so we paddled the heavy Wai Wai dugout canoes whist the undergrowth at the sides of the river was still dense and sharp. It was a case of make it up as you go along. It worked – so we adapted.

I’ll be honest again – getting back out on the water scares me. This tribal village is kind and warm and safe – but the vast majority of the Essequibo River – its waterfalls, rapids, gold-mining, jaguars, snakes and piranhas – still lies ahead. We’ve hardly started.

At least from here on in we are going in the right direction: towards the ocean; towards a world first; and towards home.

Laura x

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8 thoughts on “Finding the Source of the Essequibo!”

  1. Amazing!! Keep on moving forward and know you and the team are inspiring everyone here at home to grab onto our adventures and the hard stuff and know there is always positive. Incredible!!

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  2. Good luck, just remember, you’re doing what some people merely dream about doing, people like you discovered new countries hundreds of years ago and proved the Earth was round not flat. You’ll only ever regret the things you didn’t do and life itself should be a journey and one like yours that follows untrodden unknown paths is the most exciting and amazing. What you dream at night you make happen by day where as most others merely dream it by day and sleep at night. You’ll be back soon with memories that will last a lifetime and fantastical stories to tell your children about a real life Laura Croft Tomb Raider. They’re own Mum. Be safe, enjoy. Austen

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  3. Keenly following you all. It always sounds so amazing and so much fun when you’re sat at home. Your updates do bring the realities home too though.
    Keep going!
    Best of luck.

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  4. Laura you and the ladies are doing a fab job, keep going, remember it is just a game of inches!!! Every step forward is one step close to success. You are all in my thought. Stay safe.

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  5. Great news- and great achievement to get this far. Starting off on such a caper is very tough but you’ve got what it takes ! Look forward to the next post.

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