Monday, February 22, 2010

Montaña de Puca

So two weekends ago we decided to go Hike la Montaña de Puca with some freinds. It is other mountain
(other than Celaque) that creates the valley in which Gracias Lempira exists.
We took the desvio to Azomada and drove to highest house we could find. We parked the car there
and then hiked up about 3 and half hours to the peak. I am going to include a link to the GPS points we took:

The top was clear and you could have seen quite far (if not for the swirling clouds).

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Topographic Training

So this past week we went to La Labor Ocotepeque, the site of our friend Xiah, to do a training on how to use the total station for topographic studies. Xiah taught about GPS and mapping, Kalin taught a math review, and together we showed the students how to use the Total Station (a automatic theodolite that the communities near Labor bought). The students were two selected jovenes "young folk" from each community. Overall I feel like things went real well. Xiah will be testing the students in the coming week to see if they can be hired by the communities to do the studies (in the past only highly paid topographers or peace corps volunteers have been doing). So in conclusion I feel good about being a part of an activity that seems to meet the sustainability goals of peace corps. The workshop was four days long on friday went to a waterfall.

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