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Camping on an old campsite- camping gear intensive

Its been a while since my last visit here…glad to be able to return for a visit

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.

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Testing out some of my new jungle gear; Part 2

Aquamira water drops for making water safe for consumption- almost zero smell & after taste

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.

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Camping in Taman Negara; putting outdoor gear to the test

Lee setting up his Hex Fly (upper piece). Compare that with the standard flysheet (draped on the hammock)

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.

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Testing out my Hennessy Explorer Classic hammock at Perting Waterfall- Part II

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.

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A one night camping trip at Perting waterfall near Bentong, Pahang- Part 1

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.

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My minimum kit into the jungle; Part 1

Part of my minimum kit each time I head out into the jungle

We never go into jungle without a minimum kit. This is especially true if it is just a day trip. It is a kit that contains some must have items with us. Something we adopted from one of our previous jobs and it has stuck with us ever since. While some of our friends thinks it is simply overloading, we find it necessary…even when we are with a group of friends. So…here’s a little bit on our minimum kit.

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Hammock…the best way to camp in the jungle

Personally, hammock is the best jungle shelter

One of the best ways to camp in the jungle is by using a hammock with a tarp over. The hammock keeps you off the ground, away from the wetness of the rain and creepy crawlies. Personally, it is by far the single type of shelter that is practical and jungle friendly.

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Buying kayak in Malaysia

Finally, we bought our kayaks!

Finally, we bought our kayaks!

We thought about buying kayak for our own use in Malaysia for a very long time. Having once worked in an outdoor education center where ocean expedition is a major activity, it is only natural that we had a longing to paddle again. While finances and budget has been the major factor holding us back from buying, the other ‘excuses’ includes not knowing where to paddle and where to buy them from.

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Choosing a jungle backpack for use in Malaysia

Which backpack to choose for Malaysia jungle?

Which backpack to choose for Malaysia jungle?

How do you choose a jungle backpack for use in Malaysia? This is one question I get very often from friends. An important and valid question considering the amount of investment that’s going into this piece of outdoor gear.

More often than not, people purchase packs based on brands, fanciful designs and whatever’s current. It is also common that people choose a particular pack because of the ‘prestige’ feeling that comes with the brand. I know this because I am one of them …well, at least I used to be.

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Camping stove in Malaysia; the WILD L7 portable stove

One can find many types of camping stoves sold in Malaysia. From the ancient kerosene wick stoves to high tech (and VERY pricey) MSR stoves, finding a portable stove really is not difficult. It is a piece of outdoor gear one can get quite easily in Malaysia.

The Wild L7 camping stove uses easily available butane gas canisters

The Wild L7 camping stove uses easily available butane gas canisters

I probably have a piece of every type of camping stove available in Malaysia. From simple DIY methylated spirit stoves to multi fuels. I don’t know why I have this fascination with stoves but probably because there is a small voice in me that is very concerned about how food is cooked in the bush. Food after all is a BIG thing for me.

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