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Other things to carry in the jungle- Final Part

My kind of food!

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.
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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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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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Outdoor gear in Malaysia; A gear junkie perspective

What to use and where to buy outdoor gear in Malaysia?

What to use and where to buy outdoor gear in Malaysia?

Several people have emailed me through this site asking about outdoor gear in Malaysia. Some was curious to know what gear is suitable for the Malaysian jungle while others just wanted to know where to get stuff. I can relate to many of them looking for gear because like them, I too was (once)  in the dark on what gear to use and where to find them in Malaysia.

First of all, I have to admit that I am a bit of a  gear junkie. Backpacks, knives, stoves and shelters have long been my passion. Sourcing for these outdoor gears in Malaysia at the cheapest price is my way of going around feeding my addiction with my mere salary.
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Adidas kampung; the ultimate tropical jungle shoe

adidas-kampung

Adidas kampung- shoes for the tropical jungle

The Adidas kampung is a popular shoe when it comes to choosing the right shoe for tropical jungle of Malaysia. This cheap yet practical piece of footwear has decorated the feet of Malaysians for generations, especially among rubber tapers and estate workers for as long as the independent of Malaysia perhaps. Its light, fully water resistant and simple design makes it even more attractive among those venturing into a jungle that is constantly wet and humid.

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Jungle boots; Gear for tropical rainforest

The pair of jungle boots I use for longer and tougher treks

The pair of jungle boots I use for longer and tougher treks.

This is my jungle boots, another one of my gear for tropical rainforest Malaysia.  I have tried many types of shoes but have found only two types that are suitable for the Malaysian rainforest jungle and terrain. For easy to medium type of terrain in the Malaysian jungle, you would have got to go with the Adidas Kampung (that’s another story though). But if you are going into the jungle for longer period of time, then the jungle boots may be your best option.

Here I have a pair of boots which I believe to be from the Vietnam War era. I got this from a surplus shoe vendor in K.L. He got it bulk from the States and I believe this particular model has been superseded with newer (and better perhaps) models.

Anyway, for less than RM100, I can’t complain. The boots are almost brand new and were in perfect condition. My pair of jungle boots is size 11.5 and it has a marking ‘RO-SEARCH’ (I have not a clue what this means) engraved on the soles. What goes well with this pair of jungle boots is a pair of leech socks to keep em blood suckers out.

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Leech Socks; Gear for tropical rainforest

I have recently added the leech socks into my tropical rainforest gear kit. After years of sharing my blood with the jungle leeches, I suddenly come to realize that all the blood that I lost plus the itch scratching that I have endured is simply plain unnecessary. Or perhaps I have grown beyond the years of being ‘gung-ho’ and have become more of a ‘softie’ person…favoring to avoid the scaring bits and possibilities of infections.

The leech socks are actually not all that technical or special actually. The one that I have is made of plain beige colored cotton with a drawstring at the top. I have used it on several occasions and have found them to be quite effective. The only down side of it is that it tends to slip down as the drawstring sometimes comes undone. This can be easily rectified I suppose, using a bungee cord or stretch band instead of a string. Below is my leech socks.

Leech socks

There are better looking leech socks for sale definitely. Some are made of polyester material with already sewn in elastic calf bands. These will of course cost more but if you are heading into the bush often, they are perhaps the better choice. Mine costs me only RM15 when I bought it last year in Endau Rompin.

Yes, they are so simple that I reckon anyone can make a set themselves as long as they have a sewing machine. All you need is to actually find a suitable material that is comfortable to wear with your shoes and the weaving of the material is tight enough to keep the leeches out. Add a drawstring or better still an elastic band and you are all set.

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Gear for rainforest waterfall; Jeram Perlus.

I reckon I have to come up with a list of gear for waterfall Jeram Perlus trip this coming Sunday, 26th October 2008. The last time I was at Jeram Perlus, I befriended a couple of leeches, loads of thorns and a huge jungle tick.

Compare the size of the tick to my lense cap!

Compare the size of the tick to my lense cap!

It has been raining these past few weeks. If the jungle is wet, my blood sucking friends will be crawling all over the place and walking isn’t gonna be easy either as the trail is mostly slippery mud and soil. These ‘challenges’ will be there to greet me for sure.

So, perhaps I should be gearing up to be more prepared for what’s to come. The leech socks with my long pants all tucked in will hopefully keep the leeches out. A small pack of tobacco in hand will unwillingly force the leech off me (if they somehow manage to get on).

My shoes of choice this time would still be my jungle boots. Have not much chance to put it into good use. A few more wears and I should have it broken in. Something I need to do in preparation for long hikes in the future.

New toys I am putting into this Jeram Perlus trip is my new Garmin GPS Map 76CSx and my (not new) Yaesu VX170 VHF radio. Since this will be a trip with John, we may put the radio into good use for communicating between the walking party.

Other gears would be my standard lot. My minimum kit and my Macpac Tekapo 45+ standard pack.