...survive a night in the jungle.

Trip Start Mar 05, 2012
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In a tent

Flag of Malaysia  , Sarawak,
Saturday, March 10, 2012

Equipment:
Tent
Sleeping bag
Hiking gear
Headlamp
7 liters of water
Camera
Map
A big set of Balls



Hop a boat to Bako national park in West Borneo. Spend the the first day getting to know the area with a 5km hike to see a couple of beaches. Finish up the day with a night hike to see things like  pit vipers, deer mice, frogs, and birds.

Consult with the park warden who will tell you you are crazy to try to hike the 13km trail to the end of the park. Settle for the 5.5km hike to a beach where you should not camp because the tide comes up to high.




6:30 wake for an early start. Head for your beach campsite. When you reach the end of the 5.5km, after sweating about 6 liters of water out of your system, run into a crocodile.







Try to ignore the fact that you have just seen a 3ft croc as you continue along the trail through the mangrove swamp. Hopefully you will not be alone at this point. If that' the case, one of you should be carrying a 'croc stick' (aka a 6ft half rotten branch) while the other carries a 6inch buck knife for protection. Then run into a croc infested river that you have to cross to get to your camp site. Realize this is a bad idea and make the decision to ascend back up the 60 degree 200m cliff that you had to climb down, so that you can make your way back to a smaller beach with the hopes of finding a good campsite.










Once you arrive at your new destination, notice that the tide will rise and wash you away from the only slightly flat spot. Backtrack further to a waterfall and camp there. Set camp and watch your hiking partner/croc handler fish for minnows with a tree vine, a pop can tab, and a peace of dried peach. After no luck, settle on a bony, canned chicken vindaloo while mosquitos shred your legs. Bed by 8:30.





Wake up at 4:30 to rain. Normally not a problem if you take the time to put the fly on the tent. If you don't however, then you will find yourself and your travel companion standing in the middle of the jungle, in the rain, in the pitch black, in your underwear and headlamps putting the rainproof cover on the tent.

Up at 6am. 3Km back to the park HQ partnered with another run in with proboscis monkeys and a bearded pig. A sweltering 16km later and your home...soaked to the bone and tired as hell. Talk with the park warden to find out that they heard about the croc sighting. They will ask you where you camped, with a look of real concern. When you tell them you camped at the waterfall, they will show a huge sign of relief and tell you that was a good decision. Hop on a boat back to Kuching and begin dryout/recovery.
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Sean on

I've just started reading your blog now ry, very entertaining! I love the commentary and the pictures

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