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Gear Guide - iSkin

As the i2P Youth Ambassadors make their way through the expedition, the support crew has to keep up with them in documenting footage and providing that to classrooms around the world! Often the team will be shooting video & snapping photos, and then immediately stopping to edit the content. iSkin covers help protect the team's iPhones, MacBooks and other film equipment from the wind, dust and harsh elements of the Kalahari Desert & Makgadikgadi Pans!

Gear Guide - inov-8

On i2P Youth Expeditions, there's a lot of running around on technical terrain, which includes daily logistics, gathering educational & expedition content and hauling a lot of gear! Whether training at home, running on his own expeditions, or on an i2P Youth Expedition, Ray Zahab trusts inov-8 shoes for their protection, light weight and durability!

Day 6 - 44km

The i2P Youth Ambassadors finished another impressive day with 44 km!! This Day 6 journey 'Across the Salt Pans' was definitely a day that the Youth Ambassadors will never forget!

More Q&A Answers

We welcome questions concerning our i2P Expedition to Botswana 2012 from everyone! Below are some of the latest answers provided by the Youth Ambassadors.

Question Answer
See any elephants yet?!

Bridget Beury,

Youth Ambassadors:

Not yet! But we have seen a lot of elephant tracks, and we hope to see some elephants in the Okavango Delta. ~ Marie



Answered on: Thursday November 8 2012
Why do people in Botswana have to filter their water?

Kyla,
Millard Middle School

Youth Ambassadors:

The most important reason to filter your water is to remove pathogens and other unwanted suspended solids, such as dirt. ~ Marie



Answered on: Thursday November 8 2012
Why is water in Botswana dirty of It comes for the tap?

Emily,
Maillard

Youth Ambassadors:

This is because not all water is filtered appropriately before it is put into the tap in the first place. Filters can be expensive and difficult to construct and maintain, and therefore not all villages are able to have them. - Breana



Answered on: Thursday November 8 2012
What is the strangest animal you have come across

Megan,
Drexler Intermediate Middle School

Youth Ambassadors:

Certainly the freakiest animal we've seen is the camel spider! They're large and tan with beady little black eyes. We've seen several around the camp. - Marie



Answered on: Thursday November 8 2012
Have any animals ever come after or attacked you?

Katie,
Drexler Middle Intermediate School

Youth Ambassadors:

The animals which have regularly come after us are the scorpions and the camel spiders at camp! They like to hide under the tarps of the tents. - Marie



Answered on: Thursday November 8 2012

Day 9 – Dispatch from just beyond the Magkgadikgadi Salt Pans

You would be wise to get out of the way of a thirsty elephant. The beasts can destroy a shallow borehole within a few minutes, sucking the source dry and then digging away with tusks and feet to uncover water further beneath the ground. They’ll also topple entire trees, literally flipping them upside down so the water filled roots are accessible for the big beasts. When this happens the farmers pray for rain because when it falls the animals retreat to more traditional open water sources, rather than ravaging their land. Today our team is on its final march; the end of our official run but also the beginning of the next phase on the way to the Okavango Delta, the countries traditional water grounds. And we too are praying for rain. The clouds are blowing overhead but we have yet to see the skies erupt, despite our timing so close to the wet season. Chronicling what it looks like is one of our remaining tasks. The thirsty runners will be hoping to finish before it falls.

Gear Guide - inReach Canada

One of the most important pieces of equipment on an i2P Youth Expedition is an iPhone combined with the DeLorme inReach device! This combination allows the Youth Ambassadors to navigate their way through the expedition, share their every step on a website map through live tracking and even connect to Twitter & Facebook using the DeLorme EarthMate App!

Education Team - Day 7

i2P Youth Ambassadors Saskia Vaisey & Marie Donovan explore the complexities of human intervention in an ecosystem; in this case, the pros & cons of implementing fences to preserve the livelihoods of the people in Botswana. However, these fences also interrupt the migratory patterns of other wildlife.

Kubu Island

The i2P team explored Kubu Island, an ancient oasis in the middle of the Makgadikgadi Pan. This breathtaking landscape was formed by volcanic rock and is home to a village of 1000 year old Baobab trees!

Day 8 - Dispatch from the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

The i2P team travels with 4 duffel bags of electronic equipment. Satellite phones sit beside numerous laptop computers that sit beside iPhones, iPods and batteries. The combination lets us communicate with the rest of the world, despite our isolation on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. And yet, today, as our runners first opened their eyes, it was a hand held shortwave radio, no bigger than a deck of cards, that brought us first word of the results of the United States presidential election before the heavy duty electronics took over.

On this day, the little radio proves its value. It might even be considered an “essential” item for our runners, worth carrying in their small backpack instead of an iPod or an extra tube of sunscreen. That is the lesson of the day. What we consider "essential" for survival here, or anywhere, has everything to do with context.

Our entire team has been asked to list their top ten essential items for survival here on the dry Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana as well as back at home (we urge you to do the same). Today we’ll post our lists for you thanks to the equipment in those duffel bags, once we’re finished analyzing the election results that is.

Day 5 - 42.6 KM

Good news!! i2P Youth Ambassador Hannah Elkington is feeling great after a rough day yesterday! She has decided to use Day 5 as a recovery day to rest up. Breanna & Gill were able to run a solid 42.6 KM, and are looking forward to having Hannah back tomorrow!