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Exercise IMPHAL HIKERS

2nd September 2020

Exercise IMPHAL HIKERS

The Second Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, Support (Imphal) Company organised Exercise IMPHAL HIKERS, a team bonding day for all families within Imphal Company.

Due to lockdown restrictions being eased, many took the opportunity to enjoy some exercise and socialise with friends who they had not been able to see for many months.

The event took place at Ulu Temburong National Park, Temburong. The park is famous for its un-spoilt rain forest, magnificent waterfalls and river. A total of 17 families took the opportunity to explore this unique place.

The activities consisted of a long boat ride, hiking, fish spa, waterfall, Tarjan jump and tubing. The families also got the opportunity to experience using the famous Iban blow pipe, traditionally used by local tribesman to hunt. The day finished with a meal prepared by Iban tribesman who still use the same cooking methods which have been passed down through the generations.

The day was a resounding success. It was an excellent opportunity for the families to get outside, get active and experience some local culture. The COVID-19 lockdown has highlighted the importance of community cohesion and Exercise Imphal Hikers ensured that all families feel closer together and supported by one another at this difficult time.

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