ENDAU ROMPIN NATIONAL PARK, JOHORE - SURVIVAL MALAYSIA
JUNGLE SURVIVAL TRAINING COURSE, team building, adventure package in Malaysia
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IMAGINE YOU ARE TREKKING IN A JUNGLE WITH SOME FRIENDS AND SUDDENLY YOU FOUND YOURSELF ALONE !
Here are some tips on what to do if you are in such a situation - lost in the jungle. To be lost simply means you are all alone and you cannot see or hear your friends anywhere. Your first reaction is do not panic.
Apply the S.T.O.P approach — Stop, Think, Observe and Plan.
STOP – Take a deep breath, sit down if possible, calm yourself and recognise that whatever has happened to get you here cannot be undone. You are now in a survival situation and that requires you to:
THINK – Your most important asset is your brain. Use it! Don’t panic! Move with deliberate care. Take no action, even a step forward, until you have thought it through.
OBSERVE – Take a look around you. Assess your situation and options. Take stock of your supplies, equipment and surroundings.
PLAN – Prioritize your immediate needs and develop a plan to systematically deal with the emergency. Make a plan and keep to it. Adjust your plan only as necessary to deal with changing circumstances.
Jungle survival Package Itineraries
Upon arrival at Bekok, transfer by4 wheel drive to Lubok Pasir , briefing and immediate distribution of equipment and food rations. Arrived at campsite at Lubok Pasir.
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Trip Itinerary 3D 2N Survival Program
Upon arrival at Bekok, transfer by4 wheel drive to Lubok Pasir , briefing and immediate distribution of equipment and food rations. Arrived at campsite at Lubok Pasir.. Participants will be divided into teams and will remain in the same team until the final day.
A Basic Survival Kit
Pack these basic items: First Aid kit, whistle, compass, matches / lighter, mini torchlight / headlamp, pocket knife and light rain jacket/poncho in a drysack / waterproof pack and keep the pack with you all the time, even on a short hike. (A 4-litre drysack only costs about RM35). Most experienced trekkers swear bythe handy parang (machete).
“Ideally, aside from the basic kit, you should carry a flysheet/poncho with tent/kernmantle ropes (strong elastic rope made of sheathed nylon fibre), raffia string, extra food and water and enough dry, warm clothing to survive the elements,” says Azirin Aziz of Outward Bound Malaysia.
A tent in the form of a flysheet or poncho can double up as a raincoat and also as an emergency blanket to keep one safe from the risk of hypothermia. A tent rope may also be used as an ascending or descending line in the event of an emergency. Keep the candles and matches dry so you can start a fire, cook food, keep warm and send a smoke signal while you wait to be rescued, adds Azirin.
From the air, the jungle looks like a sea of broccoli and a novice might be forgiven for thinking that the underneath is impenetrable. It is not!
Under the treetop canopy, nature jostles to find a space to catch the sun’s rays, producing a litany of sounds and a library of sights. Myriads of insects help propagate new growth as well as slowly working to eradicate the old. Damp soil and a mulch of fallen leaves cushion noise but retain tracks for those who know how to read them. Birds and animals are heard rather than seen.
Navigation is a skill that anyone
can learn ; map, compass and a retentive memory, along with a cool head,
are the main requisites. The direction of stream flow, a rise of fall in
contours, are normally the only aids in featureless terrains. But the
depth of a stream, the thickness of the bush, the flight of the birds,
the age of a track and many other signs are always there to be read like
a book bythe initiated and turned into advantage when, to others with
senses deadened and mind dulled bya depressing and endless similarity,
the Jungle imposes itself as an environment which cannot be mastered.
Jungle Survival Skills, encompass the following......, not all are included in the above package,
but can be customised with a different costing
Shelter Construction from simple overnight 'accommodations'. During our program you will learn to identify safe areas to build and type of material to build temporary shelters.
Water Procurement from the jungle using water vines and other plant life.
Edible Plants and Wildlife for food - this will include hunting, preparing traps, identify places where to set traps. Identify edible plants and roots.
Traps, Improvised Survival Tactics, and other 'tricks of the trade.' These tactics are designed for use when drastic measures must be applied to preserve one's own life. From basic traps, such as snares, deadfalls and fish traps, to using weapons made from jungle products.
The Offensive Mindset and learning to mentally cope and 'enjoy' adversities in order to overcome them. Confidence, application of skills, and becoming a part of the surrounding environment.
Knife and Blade Work - During these expeditions you learn how to properly use and care for a jungle knife. Sharpening, proper cutting technique, developing the proper timing, and use as an improvised tool will all be covered since your participation in clearing log jams and constructing shelters is required.
Medicinal Plants and the uses ranging from mosquito repellants to treating illness. In this topic you will also learn to assist yourself or teammates during accidents or other ills faced in a tropical jungle survival.
Rafts You will learn to build temporary rafts and travel on it.
Compass Orienteering and Tracking - This process will teach you to read a compass properly and describe proper safe procedures of tracking in a tropical jungle.
Survival kit items
What to take
What not to take
Items specific to tropical conditions
How to start a fire
Types of fires
Fires for warmth
Fires for cooking
Fires for signaling
Cooking basics -
Cooking utensils and basic cooking skills
Setting priorities (basic needs)
Preparing for the unexpected
Wild edible plant
Building traps and snares
Finding suitable site
Types of shelters (including natural shelters)
Making rope from plants
How to tie knots
Finding your way back –
How to use a compass and map
Moving solo through the jungle
Moving a group of people
Planning food and water while traveling
A shelter will keep away the rain and wind, and keep you warm. Look for a campsite that’s sheltered from the wind, a higher ground with less risk of flooding, safe from rock falls and away from animals’ watering holes. Most “lost” cases in Malaysia happen to day hikers, thus you’re likely not to carry a tent. You can make a simple A-frame shelter with a plastic sheet or your poncho and tree branches. Or gather some branches, make a frame and use leaves to cover up. Bamboo makes great shelters but be careful of sharp slivers or splinters when it is cut.
A fire not only keeps you warm, it’s a morale booster and can be used as a smoke signal. In wet conditions, get dead branches off trees and shave them. It’s easy to kindle the fire this way, says Tham Yau Kong of TYK Adventures. Always carry matches/a lighter in waterproof bags. Dry bamboo, termite’s nests or cotton balls dipped in Vaseline make excellent tinder while twigs, small leaves and dry bark will keep the fire going.
Always bring your mobile phone – you never know where it will work. Don’t scream your lungs out – you’ll waste energy and your voice won’t travel far unless rescuers are within hearing distance. A whistle (pic) is a great piece of survival gear. If you need to start a signal fire, choose a clearing away from overhanging branches. Dig a trench or build an earth wall around the fire if it’s close to other trees or plants. Rubber tyres or green branches give a good, dense smoke. Spread out a reflective blanket (if you have one) to help searchers spot you from the air. Use a compact mirror, a knife blade, a thin foil or ready-made signal mirror with the sun to flash light signals.
Though you can go without food for at least a week, hunger weakens the body and makes you more susceptible to hypothermia. Look out for wild fruits, roots, leaves, the soft heart of young stems or palm tree’s branches. Ferns and bamboo shoots are delicious. Though not appetising , boiled lichens are safe to eat. A tip for testing plants: if a plant smells of almonds (hydrocyanic acid) or peaches (prussic acid) when crushed, dump it. Rub a piece of crushed plant lightly on a soft skin area (inside of arm) and wait five minutes to check if any rash, swelling or burning appears. Worms (pic) and insects are a good source of protein if you can get over the squeamish factor.
Kinabalu. At the camp, students learn to identify edible food or fruits, pick up traditional healing skills
using forest herbs, learn to build shelter and fashion animal
traps out of forest products.
“Leave markers on the trail as you try to find your way out to ensure you’re not going in circles,” Tham adds.
If you still fail to find a way out, set up a base bybuilding a shelter and try to signal to alert others that you’re lost in the jungle. In the meantime, source for water and food to survive. (See sidebar on Survival Basics.)
Outward Bound Malaysia field instructor Azirin Aziz recommends trekking in a group of no less than four people as a safety measure.
“When lost, send out a trekker team (maybe two from the group) to clear and check tracks in order to determine the better path to take,” says Azirin who is based in Lumut, Perak.
People getting lost in the maze of rainforest fuel the headlines all the time
We once read a survival book that recommends climbing tree to get a good look around if you get lost in the jungle. The writer probably didn’t know that Malaysian trees grow in excess of 40 m, straight up, almost without branches. Kids from student camps we hosted during school holidays always comment that the jungle looked like “bar code” on soda cans. Climbing these trees are anything but easy.
Tree canopies shut the forest floor – and lost trekkers - from sunlight and directions. To complicate things further, in the jungle everything looks the same. There are no markers or distinctive landscape. No matter how often you go in and out of the jungle, packing yourself with some survival skills and knowledge are the best contrivance to bring along.
Here are some worthy tips.
You are lost and the worst thing you can do is to continue walking and drain yourself. Access your condition. Ask yourself: What do I need to do today, right now, to survive? How long can the food you packed last? Prioritising and do the most important chores first can help save your hide.
The looming nightfall and darkness is lost trekkers worst enemy. It’s also the time when 90% of wildlife come out to hunt and find food - that’s you, if you’re not careful. If nightfall is drawing near, looking out for a safe shelter to spend the night should be your priority.
Go with the flow
Chances are, you fair better getting lost in the rainforest than anywhere else. Our forest is mostly damp and most plants are soaked in dew in the mornings. Collect dew and rain water with large leafs. Small stream in the jungle is mostly pristine and is safe to drink. Also remember, the smallest tickle always strings itself to a bigger waterway. Go with the flow and you’d usually end up near a river – and human settlement.
Pack smart, not more
When packing your stuffs, always put some thought for “what if I’m lost” essentials. Keep all your survival items into one waist bag and don’t leave camp without it. Below are the must-haves in your survival kit and collectively they should not weight more than 1kg;
1. Carry at least 3 ways to start a fire – Vaseline soaked cotton balls,
magnifying glass and cigarette lighter.
2. A small bottle of iodine to disinfect water. Use 1 small drop for every litre.
3. A few zip lock bags for holding water.
4. Dental floss (100m). It’s a light and tough string with many uses.
5. Mini flashlight.
6. Heavy duty garbage bag. It makes great raincoat and waterproof shelter. You can also use it to collect rainwater.
7. All purpose knife made of carbon-steel that can throw sparks when struck on granite.
8. A bottle of antibiotic ointment.
9. Some energy bars.
10. A whistle to draw attention.
Although it’s not easy to find natural resources dry enough to start a fire in the damp forest, some resins, like the keruing tree’s, and bark strips are good fire starters. Look out for natural shelters. Young Leonard Hendrik and Milos Johed who got lost in 2005 in Bau, Sarawak made a cave their home for two nights before being found. Note what wildlife eats in the forest; monkeys are the best indicators. If it’s edible to them, it is most probably to you too.
Break off branches at eye-level, 5 feet above the ground, along the path to help rescue team track you. One can also leave heaps of stones, piles of branches or leafs for the same purpose. A whistle never fails to draw attention and its piercing shrill can echo far.
When making a smoke signal, you get more smoke byadding leaves than wood to the bonfire. Understand that from the air you’ll be a tiny dot. Find an open spot where the plume can rise beyond the forest canopy.
Caveat - take care not to start a forest fire and jeopardize yourself.
Getting along with wildlife
Walking around the rainforest is not like walking through the carnivorous exhibit’s cage in the zoo wearing a sheep’s skin. Carnivorous animals like to mark their territory and leave plenty of clues. So pay attention.
So, if you’re worried about stumbling into a hungry beast, it won’t happen. Firstly, the jungle is too dense for your eyes to make anything out of it. A camouflaged flying fox can fly pass you in a blink. Secondly, your human scent is strange to them and wildlife almost definitely scoots off before you see them. The only ones aren’t backing off are females defending their little ones or nest. So, do give way to a nursing mum.
Keep your sense of humor
Staying positive is everything.
With practice, movement through thick undergrowth and jungle can be
done efficiently. Always wear long sleeves to avoid cuts and scratches.
To move easily, you must develop "jungle eye," that is, you should not concentrate on the pattern of bushes and trees to your immediate front. You must focus on the jungle further out and find natural breaks in the foliage. Look through the jungle, not at it. Stop and stoop down occasionally to look along the jungle floor. This action may reveal game trails that you can follow.
Stay alert and move slowly and steadily through dense forest or jungle. Stop periodically to listen and take your bearings. Use a machete to cut through dense vegetation, but do not cut unnecessarily or you will quickly wear yourself out. If using a machete, stroke upward when cutting vines to reduce noise because sound carries long distances in the jungle. Use a stick to part the vegetation. Using a stick will also help dislodge biting ants, spiders, or snakes. Do not grasp at brush or vines when climbing slopes; they may have irritating spines or sharp thorns.
Many jungle and forest animals follow game trails. These trails wind and cross, but frequently lead to water or clearings. Use these trails if they lead in your desired direction of travel.
In many countries, electric and telephone lines run for miles through sparsely inhabited areas. Usually, the right-of-way is clear enough to allow easy travel. When traveling along these lines, be careful as you approach transformer and relay stations. In enemy territory, they may be guarded.
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