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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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  • The Team Work With Local Guides to Cut Transects Through the Forest for their Research A transect is essentially a straight line which researchers can walk down with ease and use different methods to collect data about the different species present in the area. The terrain here is very hilly, and has made this process extremely difficult, […]

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  • Camp Foyle Materialises from the Rainforest Over the course of a week Camp Foyle has gone from nothing to a 5* research station, thanks to the incredible efforts of the guides we hired from the local villages of Naan and Tumbang Tohan. Our head Guide, Aspor, has done an amazing job. We have 4 huts, for sleeping, […]

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  • The Team Make the Final Push to Establish Camp Foyle After 3 weeks of navigating customs, immigration, market stalls, logging roads, remote villages and shallow rivers in small wooden boats, the Murung Raya Expedition team made the final push to Camp Foyle. The move from Tumbang Tohan, the last village in the area, took 3 […]

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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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