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Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Location: Bahau Hulu, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Day One in the Jungle

making coffee in the forest
making coffee in the forest

Today is Adri's birthday. She had a terrible sleep. She woke up at every noise wondering if a rat was coming into our room or a snake for the rat. All our stuff is wet (it was raining all night) and something has bitten her below the eye. It's been swollen and so have her lips.

After breakfast we packed our bags and started our trek. Our guides took everything we needed for the 6 days, plus some of our stuff. I carried my own backpack and Adri carried the small photo bag, everything else was carried by them.

We walked up and down the mountains all day, occasionally crossing creeks. The rubber shoes we'd bought in Tanjung Selor were really great ideas :) Its sole is like that of a football shoe, so it's not so slippery on the roots. It's fully made of rubber, so it's easy to jump on wet stones, and of course it's no problem if it gets wet.

our guides, Daud and Asun
our guides, Daud and Asun

As soon as in the first half hour of our trek we crossed a creek in long trousers, socks and with all our backpacks. The forest itself is not so old-growth yet, but it's getting better :) We saw many wild boars, a few deer, a banteng (wild ox), birds and of course many insects. The fish was finished at breakfast, so our guides have tried to shoot a wild boar. They haven't been lucky, we've eaten rice and noodles all day.

Our night shelter is somewhat different from yesterday's: it's not more than about 40-50 tree branches laid next to each other in the middle of the forest. They put a canvas above it. We slept in this, all the four of us plus our bags. Cooking and bathing was done in the creek.

After dinner Pak Daud went for hunting, but he wasn't lucky. On his arrival he had a frog bigger than his palm with him. They asked us if we eat it. We told them laughing it's not usual in our country.

It was raining at night again...

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