Personal Accounts'S ARCHIVE

  • Base Camp Manager, Ian Blessley, Gives His Account of Moving to Camp Foyle The Move from Remote, to Extremely Remote Journey by logging road The following morning we arrived at Batu Ampar, where we were to move overland to Camp Bravo.  This was a transfer from the Barito River to the River Joloi.  The team […]

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  • Base Camp Manager, Ian Blessley, Gives His Account of Moving to Camp Foyle With the whole team together, the move to Batu Ampar proves difficult Final supply stop and hard negotiations Whilst we waited in Puruk Cahu for the boat to arrive, several further items were purchased and added to an ever more complicated list […]

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  • Base Camp Manager, Ian Blessley, Gives His Account of Moving to Camp Foyle How do you move 3 tonnes of food, supplies and equipment into the centre of the third largest island on Earth? A Daunting Prospect The idea of being responsible for making sure that we didn’t lose any of our equipment, camera gear, […]

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  • Setting up an Electricity Supply Deep in the Middle of an Unexplored Rainforest Expedition Technician, Dan Sargison, describes the trials of powering an energy-hungry team in the most remote of locations Demands Grow with the Expedition Plans When I was first asked to power the camp back at the beginning of the project, we were […]

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  • Fear and apprehension for the team as they try to recruit guides for the expedition in the village of Tumbang Tohan The Last Outpost Tumbang Tohan is the most remote village in this area. To the west and to the North the forest-covered, ravine ridden mountains of the Muller Schwarner range rise up into plateaus and […]

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  • Researcher Rusty Describes his Take on the Journey to Base Camp   The Founding of Camp Foyle My watch tells me it’s Friday the 10th of December, but if it wasn’t for that I’d have no idea. The last week has been an amalgamation of loading, boat rides, unloading, reloading, truck journeys, unloading, reloading, boat […]

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  • An Accident Reminds Us Just How Remote We Really Are Constant Breakdowns The team arrived in Naan from Camp Bravo after spending the previous day hauling  all the supplies down a mud slide around 100m long to the boats, only to have to unload them again here and then reload all of the kit and […]

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  • Martin, Agung and Aspor Meet the Headman of Naan Shared Fear of Logging and Mining It’s customary to show your respect to the village by visiting the Kepala Desa (village Head Man) when you arrive. For us it’s an important part of our expedition and the long-term future of the project, not only to explain our objectives […]

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  • Martin Arrives in the Penultimate Village Before Base Camp A Remote Idyll Naan is a village of about 700 people built at the convergence of the Sungei (river) Joloi and the Sungei Naan. Tumbang describes the place where one river joins another, hence Tumbang Naan. It’s a lovely village built in a fantastically scenic location. The two rivers meet from […]

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  • Camp Bravo to Naan Communications Breakdown From Camp Bravo there are no more roads, only rivers and trails through the forest used by animals and hunters. We had tried to relay messages to the next village on the river, Naan, to send boats down to meet us early in the morning. We had no confirmation […]

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