Its been a while since my last visit here…glad to be able to return for a visit
The truth is, I love camping gear (that is why I am now contributing some writings to My Store Room). I can never get enough of it. I guess it is only natural that I like them since I enjoy the outdoors. To me, gear helps to complete my camping experience. With so many products and brands in the market, it is hard to catch up in terms of technology and what is out there. But when you love something bad enough, you will find ways to get it. This is an obvious case.
Aquamira water drops for making water safe for consumption- almost zero smell & after taste
Now that I am working in an outdoor gear shop, it is only right that I bring some gear out for a field test every now and then. This time around, I decided to stick my Hennessy Explorer hammock and test out Aquamira water drops and the Esbit pot. I have used them extensively but hey…more field time can never hurt.
Lee setting up his Hex Fly (upper piece). Compare that with the standard flysheet (draped on the hammock)
One of the perks I get these days is getting to test out some of the outdoor gear and camping equipment supplied under Outdoor Gear Malaysia. After all, what’s the use of promoting something that has not been tested out in the jungles of Malaysia? I enjoy bringing the gear out for an actual field test, so that I can better understand the pros & cons of each product. In a way, this sets the shop from the rest in the market.
Marcus in his Hennessy Expedition hammock at Perting waterfall
The Hennessy Hammock brand is probably the epitome of hammocks in the market today. When I got my Explorer Deluxe Classic, I just could not wait to bring it out to the jungle for a real night test out. I am so used to my old hammock system, I was worried that the Hennessy would be hard to get used to. So, this one night camping trip to Perting waterfall is a good opportunity to try it out.
A simple but absolutely fun one night camping trip with good friends
When some friends from a local knife forum group suggested a camping trip, I jumped on it and quickly suggested a one night camping trip at Perting waterfall, near Bentong Pahang. I remember the place to be quite near to KL, nice river and offers relatively good camp ground. And to top it all off, I will have the opportunity to test out some new bit of kits I just obtained, namely the Berghaus pack and the Hennessy Explorer Classic hammock.
Into the 4th day, this jungle survival course in Gombak was really wearing me down. This is probably the tip of an iceberg in terms of how a real person woul be feeling in a real jungle survival. And here, I am surrounded with friends but if it is about me being alone, I think I would really stress out. Continue reading Jungle survival- traps and food- Final
Finally, we finished a video and manage to upload it onto Youtube some weeks back. This is a video of the Bakok trap which were demonstrated to us by the Jahai of Kampung Chuweh in Temenggor Lake, Perak.
Mr Lan demonstrating the Bakok trap made of rattan
Bakok (Jahai language) is a jungle trap made of rattan used by the Jahai people. I chance upon this trap while visiting an Orang Asal village in Perak. Curious, I got one of the villagers Mr Lan to explain to me how it works. This intricate looking trap is used on small to large game, from squirrel to larger monkeys even.
Our visit to Chuweh village was also to see first hand how the Orang Asal villagers harvest honey from the Tualang tree. On the second day there, with Sox coming along we took a boat ride to a location which is quite a distance from the village. The majestic Tualang tree is a sight to behold.
I always carry a minimum of 3 liters of water with me when I hit the jungle. Doesn’t matter if it is just a day trip, I drink loads. As for food, I usually buy something like nasi lemak, cake (‘kuih’) and tapau into the jungle. Other food stuff already in the minimum kit are a few sachets of drinks and soups. Continue reading Other things to carry in the jungle- Final Part