9 Important Questions On White Water Rafting Sungai Selangor and Slim River

9 Important Questions On White Water Rafting Sungai Selangor and Slim River1. When is the best time to go rafting?

As we do not experience any cold weather in Malaysia, white-water rafting (especially on Sungai Slim and Sungai Selangor) is available year round. Anytime is a good time to go rafting. The water’s average temperature is 23-27ºC. Although we may experience the normal wet and dry seasons, they will only affect the river characteristics such as producing bigger rapids when there is rain and making rafting more technical with lesser water. Here, these is always water (and rapids) all year round. However, should the river become dangerous to raft during the wet season, you will be informed beforehand of any trip cancellation or postponement.

2. Who can go whitewater rafting?

We have taken from 10 year olds to 70 year olds on our rafting trip. As long as you are in a reasonably good physical condition, white-water rafting will be an exciting outdoor recreation. Non-swimmers are welcomed on Sungai Slim or Sungai Selangor, provided they are comfortable with the possibility that they might “take a swim”, that is, fall out of the raft. In this case their PFD would keep them afloat until they are pulled back into the raft. Medical Condition People with a history of heart trouble, asthma, epilepsy, allergy to bee stings and insect bites, or any other potentially serious medical condition should consult their doctor before coming on a rafting trip. Pregnancy For safety and liability reasons, we advise pregnant women not to participate in any of our activities. Children Children from 10 years old can come rafting with their parent’s permission. They can start with Sungai Slim. Depending on the confidence level of the child (assesed by our Trip Leader) he/she may be allowed to go through the stronger rapids if he/she is comfortable doing so, otherwise, we will walk them along the river bank to bypass the stronger rapids (with the help of a guide of course).

3. Which river is best for us?

Two of the most popular rivers to raft which are just a few hours away form Kuala Lumpur are Sungai Selangor and Sungai Slim. Sungai Slim is a Grade 3 river and Sungai Selangor a Grade 4 river. If you have not rafted before, we highly recommend Sungai Slim as it is easier than Sungai Selangor. After taming Sungai Slim, you can then conquer Sungai Selangor. If you have rafted before, then we recommend Sungai Selangor. If you want plenty of fun & thrills then Slim River with its numerous rapids is highly recommended.

4. How many people ride in each raft?

Our rafts can accommodate 6 people. There are 2 river guides to a raft. So there will be up to 8 people on the raft. Your river guides may arrange your seating to distribute your weight or reduce the number on people on the raft to make it lighter. The width of our rafts are 5 feet 6 inches. Some of the river channels are very narrow measuring only 2 to 3 feet. You may wonder how we can ever get through them. No, I won’t give you the answer here..I’ll save them for when we meet you on the trip.

5. Is rafting dangerous?

Rafting is thrilling, exciting, wet, wild and unbelievably fun. That said, as with all outdoor adventure activities, rafting involves an element of inherent risk. Our guides are trained to manage and minimize these risks, and, statistically, rafting is far safer than many other outdoor sports. The most common injury on most rafting trips is sunburn, and most other injuries occur on land, especially when getting into and out of the rafts. We take many first timers as well as those who do not consider themselves strong swimmers on our rafting trips all the time and they have a great time! When you raft with us, all of your equipment, from your US Coast Guard Safety Standard personal flotation device (PFD), to your lightweight, reinforced, T-grip paddle, to your virtually indestructible, self-bailing, compartmented and unsinkable raft, is state-of-the-art and will serve you well. Your guide will teach you the principle of self-rescue and will also have his eye on you should you accidentally bump out of the raft. He will quickly work with your paddle companions to help you get back in the raft.

6. How easy is it to learn to raft?

It’s easy! Our experienced guides will teach you the basics including everything from how to hold your paddle, how to turn the raft, how to stop or pick up speed and what to do if you fall out. We make sure you are comfortable, relaxed and having fun from start to finish.

7. What happens on a typical trip?

You’ll will meet us at a designated rendezvous place and time such as your office. You will be transported to Sungai Slim or Kuala Kubu Bharu (Sungai Selangor). The journey will take approximately 1 1⁄2 hours. When we arrive at our Put-In Point your Trip Leader will issue you a PFD, paddle and helmet. You will then listen to our 40 minute safety briefing about how you, your team members and your guide will work together as a team on the water. Then you and your friends will head to your raft! As you go through your expedition, we will make a stop to rest. You will be given mineral water, fresh fruits, and chocolates to restock your energy and take a breather. Once everyone has rested we will continue rafting on the river until we reach our take-out point. From here, you will head back to the base camp to relax, brag to your friends about your experience on the river, shower and change into your dry clothes. Then you can head for the buffet line for the most delicious buffet lunch this side of the world. (Boy, when you’re hungry everything taste delicious!) We are the only company which have permanent base camps at both rivers. The basecamps are covered with changing/shower facilities, toilets and dining area. Once everyone has rested, we will drive you back to our rendezvous point earlier in the morning. You should arrive back at about 4.00pm (approximately).

8. Can I bring my camera?

If you want to bring a camera, we highly recommend bringing an underwater camera or at least a disposable underwater camera. There IS a likelihood of your normal camera getting wet as there is water everywhere. We have seen many expensive cameras totally destroyed by water. If you lose your disposable camera it’s not the end of the world. (But remember to check with your guide before taking photos–they may need you to paddle!)

If you are organising a group outing with us, we recommend you appoint our photographer to take your action photos for you. That way you can be assured of getting the best action shots of you going through the rapids. Memories for you to keep in your albums, and on your Facebook and blog.

9. GRADES OF A RIVER

Grade I [Easy]
Fast water with ripples or waves all dangers are obvious, negligible risk to swimmers, easy self-rescue

Grade II [Novice]
Straightforward rapids with regular waves easy to medium drop-offs (chutes, ledges, falls) eddies and shear zones are easily negotiated best passage evident without scouting

Grade III [Intermediate]
Rapids with moderate, irregular waves, breakers, rollers and back eddies. Scouting in advance is advised for inexperienced parties

Grade IV [Advanced]
High, irregular waves, breakers, powerful back eddies, whirlpools and sharp bends. Powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise handling in difficult water. Moderate to high risk to swimmers, group rescue is often required. Advance scouting is required.

Grade V [Expert]
Extremely long and/or violent rapids, often containing large, unavoidable obstacles, holes, steep banks, and turbulent water very fast currents with powerful whirlpools and boiling back eddies rescue is often difficult for experts. Advance scouting may be difficult

Grade VI [Extreme]
Upper limit of present-day skills and equipment and only for teams of experts, taking all safety precautions unexplored or uncharted rapids where navigation may be very difficult to impossible. Luck often considered an important part of a successful negotiation.

HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR ADVENTURE (ON SUNGAI SLIM, PERAK)

[1] Experience pristine jungle setting with a stunning rainforest scenery without any maddening crowds [2] Our basecamp is located next to an Orang Asli village. [3] 4WD transport to take you to the put-in point. An Indiana Jones styled adventure in itself! [4] Passing through some Orang Asli villages enroute [4] Body surfing on some safe parts of the rapids [5] Hydraulics will toss your raft as though you are in the spin cycle of a washing machine [7] More NEW friends to add onto your Facebook [8] Plenty of durian, mangosteen and rambutans to enjoy during the fruit season

SOME QUICK INFO

[1] Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Malim – 1.5 hr road journey [2] Tangung Malim to Ulu Slim – 35 min drive [3] Ulu Slim to Put-in Point – 30 min by 4WD / transport provided [4] Safety briefing will be conducted prior to rafting [5] Rafting will take between 2 – 2.5 hours [6] Rafting will be on a 7km stretch of the river – over 20 rapids and numerous channels [7] 2 river guides to a raft [8] 5-6 rafters to a raft [9] Best to come already in your rafting attire – eg. t-shirt & shorts [10] Natural flowing river – no DAM to regulate river flow

 

7 Running Tips for the Adventure Lover

An adventure lover should be fit, then only can you enjoy the activity more and keep up with your group. One of the best ways to keep fit is by running. Yes, almost everyone can run but it is not that easy especially if you are just starting out. I am listing here 7 running tips on how you can break into the activity of running. You will see your fitness level improve and you will not be winded when you are participating in your outdoor adventure. Continue reading “7 Running Tips for the Adventure Lover”

Knives: Your Survival Depends on Them

Today I want to discuss with you about getting at least 2 knives as part of your survival tools. Survival knives are useful because you can use them for many things. First, it can be used to help defend yourself or your loved ones. But it can also be used to help hunt in the event you need to for your food supply. Anything that needs to be cut, sliced, pared, chopped, deboned will need a type of knife to work with.

A survival knife is a must have for any survivalist because of all the jobs it can be used to do. Depending on the type of knife you get, you can use it to cut wood or slice through rope or even to clear brush out of your way.

There are a lot of different kinds of survival knives and the best way to select the right one for you will depend on the purpose you intend to use the knife for. There are three main types of knives to consider for survival gear:

  • The fixed blade knife
  • The folding blade knife (which is often referred to as a pocket knife)
  • The multi-tool survival knife. Each knife has many benefits that make it a great knife to own.

The fixed blade knife

Usually sturdier than the folding blade or the multi-tool knife but may not be as easy to carry and conceal as the other types. Most survivalists who choose to buy a fixed blade knife also buy a sheath that attaches to a belt to make it easier to carry.

The folding blade knife

Concealed within the handle. While it’s easier to carry and conceal, it can’t be used for the same purpose that a fixed blade knife can especially if you’re looking for something for defense needs.

A folding knife has a shorter blade, which makes it less than ideal for defending yourself. It won’t be as strong as a fixed blade knife in a fight and if the spring mechanism fails to open, you could end up defenseless.

The multi-tool survival knife

A favorite among survivalists. This knife features other attachments that make it easy to use in a variety of circumstances. Tools that you might find on this knife include: scissors, pliers, a screwdriver, a bottle opener, a wire-stripper, and a can opener.

Some companies manufacture multi-tool knives that are geared toward a specific activity like hunting or golfing.  The blade of your knife can be made with a variety of materials including stainless steel, ceramic, and carbon steel. Each material has advantages and disadvantages.

Ceramic blades are tough, but also fragile. They make good knives for basic tasks like cleaning a fish but they will break easily if dropped against a rock or other hard surface. For this reason, it’s suggested that you use your ceramic knife as a backup to a heavy duty knife made of steel.

My advice for you is to have 2 knives – One fixed blade that is approx 1 1/2 feet in length for cutting and chopping large materials like tree branches and trunks, and one smaller one of your choice – it could be a folding knife or a multi-tool for smaller work – cutting, slicing, etc.

Pakej Air Terjun Lata Manik dan White Water Rafting Ulu Slim

Air Terjun Lata Manik dan White Water Rafting Ulu Slim: Pakej Adventure Sehari Khas Untuk Penggemar Outdoor Yang Mencari Kelainan

Biasanya apabila seseorang penggemar outdoor itu datang ke Kampung Ulu Slim untuk beraktiviti mereka selalunya datang untuk program White water Rafting – Mengharung Arus Deras di Sungai Slim yang mempunyai jeram-jeram Gred 1 hingga 3. Kampung Ulu Slim terletak lebih kurang 30 minit daripada pekan Tanjong Malim ataupun dari pekan Slim River.

Kami ingin memperkenalkan program baru – Program ini lebih panjang yang memakan masa lebih daripada 8 jam dari pagi hingga petang. Ianya juga dimuatkan dengan pelbagai aktiviti menarik dari yang santai sehingga yang ekstrem di sekitar lokasi Ulu Slim ini.

SOROTAN AKTIVITI SEHARI 

KOLAM AIR PANAS | 4WD OFF-ROAD TRIP | TREKKING | MANDI-MANDA DI LATA MANIK | WHITE WATER RAFTING SLIM RIVER

* Melawat kolam air panas Ulu Slim. Kolam air panas yang terpanas di Malaysia. Suhu mencecah 104 darjah Celsius. Di sini, kita bergotong-royong menyiapkan salah satu masakan yang akan dibawa ke Lata Manik.

* Kita menaiki kenderaan pacuan empat roda melalui jalan off-road ke lokasi. Adventure kita telahpun bermula!

* Aktiviti trekking melalui denai ke Lata Manik (Manik di dalam Bahasa Orang Asli tempatan bermakna Hujan). Air terjun yang cantik dan terpencil. Tidak diketahui umum dan tiada orang ramai. Kami hanya membawa kumpulan-kumpulan kecil sahaja untuk menikmati tempat ini demi memelihara keadaan sekeliling.

* Mandi-manda di Lata Manik. Makan tengahari secara berkelah disediakan.

* Selepas makan tengahari, kita bergerak pula ke Kuala Tibang. Kita berwhite water rafting di sini. Hadapi cabaran arus deras bersama-sama kumpulan anda. Mampukah anda berakit mengharungi Jeram Kotak dengan kejatuhan 2.5 meter ke bahagian bawah di dalam perjalanan sungai sejauh 7km ini? Tentu sekali suatu pengalaman yang sukar dilupai.

* Minum petang di Kampung Ulu Slim, di dalam suasana desa aman-damai sambil kita bercerita pengalaman kita selama sehari itu.

PAKEJ SEHARI TERMASUK

* Aktiviti – Kolam Air Panas Ulu Slim, Trekking ke Lata Manik, mandi-manda di Lata Manik dan Whitewater Rafting Sungai Slim
* Pengangkutan pacuan empat roda ke lokasi-lokasi semasa aktiviti
* Peralatan ketika aktiviti white water rafting
* Makan tengahari, snek ketika water rafting dan minum petang
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Overlanding Trip Through Africa

Overlanding Trip Through Africa: Important Information to Know

Thinking of an Overlanding Trip?
An overlanding trip involves travelling in small groups. Itineraries could have been planned but they are always open to changes along the trip due to unforseen circumstances. Some small towns and rural places would be covered in the overlanding trip to immerse in the culture and the experience. Imagine a trip covering the world’s second largest continent.

This is what makes these trips all that exciting, as not many people have the opportunity to visit such areas. These trips are definitely not ordinary. They are for the fun loving, excited and adventurous at heart. The overland tours can last anything between 4 days to 6 months. Usually the trips include visiting more than one country.

Overlanding tour operators may have trips starting from Cairo in Egypt all the way to Cape Town in South Africa. Trips like these will be an epic adventure which provides amazing opportunities to see wildlife, awe-inspiring scenery, tropical beaches and islands, and to experience African cultures, from nomadic tribes to crazy capital cities.

Is it Expensive?
How an overlanding trip is planned really depends on one’s budget. It can be on a small budget or luxurious. This will then translate into the length of your trip, the style of travel and accommodation, the transport used, the number of National Park visits and also meals. The idea behind an overlanding trip is to escape the busy city life, to just be close with nature and to make new friends along the way.

You are Expected to Help Out
These trips are nothing boring; as it includes all levels of adventurous activities and is suitable for all persons with average to good fitness and good health. Tours are carefully planned so that each tour has its own optional activities. These activities can range anything from extreme adventures like bungee jumping to more fun adventure activities like elephant back safaris, scuba diving, white water rafting, fishing, and horse riding.

Optional Tours
The great thing about optional activities is that you do not have to pay for anything you cannot afford or wouldn’t like to do.
You will however be expected to participate in limited amount of general duties on tour like washing your dishes, keeping the vehicle clean, setting up your camp and getting all muddy should the truck get stuck. This ensures that everything on tour runs as smoothly as possible and mostly so that there is not a dull moment.

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Vehicles Used
Overlanding vehicles are generally specially designed trucks suited for the roads travelled on and can range anything from ìrough-it overlandingî trucks to more luxury spacious trucks with comfortable seats. The accommodation on tour can range anything from plain camping to budget National Park style bungalows or safari tents.

Bringing Cash
Local payments may be levied from tour participants in certain African countries. This is a very common on overlanding tours. Local Payments are essential in order to transfer the foreign currencies of the countries visited in order to operate the tours. Your tour itinerary should state if a local payment will be necessary for the countries you will visit.
A good tip is to always carry US$ cash on you when on tour as US dollars are widely accepted throughout Africa.

Getting to Africa
Air fares to Africa are usually excluded in the tour price, but overlanding companies or booking agents are mostly able to arrange it on your behalf.
Travel insurance is very important and compulsory on overlanding trips. You must ensure that you take out adequate travel insurance to cover the type of activities you may be interested in. Certain overlanding booking agents or companies will even be able to arrange travel insurance for you.

Lastly
What makes an overlanding tour so unique is that you meet great people, you experience so much about other cultures, and because you travel in a group, you have experienced guides by your side who will be able to explain all the ins and outs on tour wherever you are off to. Imagine visiting countries like Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa.

So, my advice to you, if you are looking for an experience of a lifetime, pack your bag of enthusiasm, excitement and sense of humour and you are ready to head off to an African overlanding adventure.

12 Essential Items That Can Save Your Life If You Were Lost While Trekking

Many of  my guests who come on outdoor adventure trips ask me what I carry in my back pack when I hit the trails or go trekking into the wilderness. They would like to know what recommendations I have for them. And if they were to pack for a trek what would the essential items be. Things that would be beneficial to them for the trip should their trip back be delayed requiring them to stay longer. Or, let’s say if they were lost. What are the items that they have in their pack that could propably help increase their chances of survival, or at the very least make them comfortable while they wait for help.  With that in mind, I sat down an wrote this blog post  on “12 Essential Items That Can Save Your Life If You Were Lost While Trekking”.

Before I started writing this post, I had a quick look in my backpack thinking that listing out the items in this post was sufficient. But I realized that what you do before you start stuffing you backpack is also important. So the first thing if I were you is to ask yourself how long would your trip be. Things that go into the backpack would really depend on how long your trip is.

Essential items taken on a day trip or an overnighter would be lesser than a longer trip. Trip spanning a few days would require even more essential items which would probably be explained in another posting.

Since many people would be going out trekking on day trips I would really want to address this group of people first.  Generally day trips would also interest newbies who are only starting to get their feet wet in trekking and hiking activities.  Because the trip is short, probably taking only a few hours and thinking they would be back at the trail head before sun down they would probably bring only a few essential items like water and some food in their backpack.  This is where the problem starts because they are ill-prepared should something happen along the way on their trek such as an injured team member or getting lost.

In my opinion people who go on longer journeys tend to be more prepared because they would have given more thought and planning into what items they would need to bring with them.

Please note that most of my trails are in tropical jungle and rainforest so the essential items listed here may not be applicable to those trekking or trail walking in other type of forests.

Yes, you may not believe it but these are the things I carry on day trips.  To me they are essential items to carry with me to raise the odds in my favor should some thing unplanned happen.

1. MATCHES / DISPOSABLE LIGHTER

Either matches or disposable lighters – you don’t have to carry both. Matches are cheaper but if you are lousy at lighting fires with them you can finish a box in no time. They can get crushed easily too. To avoid getting them wet I would recommend that you apply vaseline onto the match sticks before putting them into a waterproof container.

A disposable lighter is cheap and can go a long way. Unfortunately, it is not biodegradeable and when lighted for sometime the metal head gets really hot and may burn you fingers if you touched it. If the lighter gets wet you may not get any spark from the flint wheel in the metal head and you may not be able to light it up. Putting it to dry in the hot sun may help.

I feel comfortable knowing that I can start a fire if I needed to.   If I ever got stuck,  fire can be my source of light, heat and comfort at night. The smoke and heat will chase away insects and wild animals too. And I can start to cook some hot food or prepare a hot drink. For rescue purposes, creating thick smoke from the fire will assist rescuers in spotting where I am.

2. SMALL FLASHLIGHT / HEADLAMP

When it gets dark, a small flashlight or a headlamp will help you find your way around. Believe me, in the rainforest due to the thick forest canopy it normally gets dark much earlier. Now with the latest technology in bright LEDs, flashlights and headlamps are much brighter and they are much lighter because they don’t need large batteries. The Petzl headlamp (like in the photo on the left) only requires 3 AAA sized alkaline batteries. Since the LEDs do not drain very much, the headlamp last much longer – sometime several trips before needing a change.  When you get yourself a flashlight or headlamp, I would recommend that you buy the LED type and do away with the conventional bulb types. It’s your choice whether you want to carry a flashlight or a headlamp. As for me I prefer a headlamp because when I wear it on my forehead, my hands are completely free to do other tasks. I use a Petzl headlamp like this and just love the brightness of this unit.

3. HANDHELD GPS

I am a strong advocate of carrying a handheld GPS on any outdoor trip. The reason being is the trail logging feature of the GPS. It will record your trail as you move (make sure you swith on your GPS before you start 🙂 and if you were ever lost you just need to save the trail into the GPS and activate the ‘track back’ button. It will trace your way back to the starting point so just follow it and hopefully the GPS will take you out of your mess. So for me with the GPS I can do away with markings on trees and trails (like what we had learnt as boyscouts) or the need to carry a compass and a map. There is no damage to the trees as we don’t have to make markings on them or break their branches. Don’t forget to carry an extra set of batteries though.

Get the handheld models which are hardy and normally waterproof. Good brands can capture weak satellite signals under thick forest canopy. My trusted unit is a Garmin 60Csx but there is a newer Garmin model here.

Wouldn’t it be cool to give your exact waypoints to rescuing parties or the helicopter flying in to rescue you? 🙂

4. EMERGENCY RATION

To me these are my emergency rations and different from any food which I could be carrying. They will only be consumed when in an emergency and I have finished my food supply altogether.

  • 2 bars of chocolate because they give energy and they are also my comfort food. They can be kept without spoiling.
  • Individually packed biscuits.
  • Soup powder. You can make a hot soup with hot water. Imagine if you were lost in the jungle and it was raining. You’d have some hot sustenance to make.
  • Tea bags, coffee sachets. So I can have a hot drink when I need one. I don’t bring sugar because that will add weight and I can get by without it. Water would be sourced in the area where I will be at.
  • I got a good tip from my 10 year old son. He told me to pack  Murukku! (a typical Indian spicy crisps made of chickpeas and lentils). I thought his idea is great because they are cheap, full of protein and they keep well for a long time. So I will definitely include this in my emergency ration (I can remove biscuits from my food ration since I don’t like biscuits anyway – they could be either too bland or too sweet).
  • All this are put into a metal mug. Mug will be used for drinking, boiling water, cooking the soup etc. To stir, I will get a clean branch from a non-poisonous tree for the job.

5. FIRST AID

Because I can get a bad allergy from insect bites I carry a tube of Eurax. The cream is applied onto the irritated skin and it is great for all types of itches. I don’t bother too much packing small handplasts because small grazes and cuts don’t bother me too much. But I will pack some 3″x3″ cotton gauze and surgical tapes for larger wounds. I also pack some anti-histamines pills for allergies and also some painkillers. I would also put in a large 2’x’2 cotton cloth which can be fashioned into a brace or wrap if needed. It also can be used as a twist tourniquet if required.

6. SMALL TARP

Just in case I need coverage I can fashion the tarp into a roof, I can use it to collect water,cover my belongings from the rain etc. I carry a small one which is about 4 feet x 4 feet and can be folded into a small bag and stored in the backpack.

7. ROPES

Ropes have many uses and they would be used if I need to tie or secure items together, or build a tent, etc. I would pack 1 piece of 1/4 inch double braided polyester rope about a 10ft in length. I don’t like the cheap plastic nylon ropes because they are difficult to tie and they slip easily.

8. WATER

I carry about 1.5 liters. I don’t like to carry too much because it is the single heaviest thing in my backpack. Abt 1 liter if I know I can source for water easily. I prefer to carry mine in a Camelbak bladder. Then I would just place the bladder into my backpack which already has a compartment for it.

9. WHISTLE

Blowing a whistle to get attention is better than shouting as it uses less effort. The sound from the whistle also travels further.  The loud shrill from the whistle can also startle and chase animals which may be close or approaching you. Get something like JetScream whistle here.

10. CELLPHONE

Yes, the modern day adventurer carries a cellphone. I would make sure that it’s fully charged and I would switch it off when I am out of network coverage area so that the cellphone will not drain the battery as it attemps to locate its network. My idea is if I should get stuck and while waiting for rescue, I can play the music I have stored into it, read an e-book or play games. And if it is GPS enabled, it can also be a backup for my handheld GPS.

11. WATERPROOF BAG

Most of the items you would be carrying such as your First Aid kit, cellphone, food ration, etc are to be kept dry or risk them being ruined due to water. On your trail, you may be crossing a river, or experiencing a torrential downpour so it is imperative that you keep these items dry. The best way to do it is to pack them into waterproof pouches. I highly recommend you put them into Aloksak pouches like this. They come in various sizes. Distribute your items into separate pouches such as one for medicine, another for eletronic devices, etc. It makes it so much easier to get your things and you are also in a way spreading your risk – rather than putting all dry items into one large pouch. If it should tear you risk damaging all the items in that pouch. Whereas if you put them into different pouches, if one were to tear then only items in that pouch risk being damaged by water.

12. KNIFE

I would never go out on a trek without one. To me it is just as important as being able to start a fire. There are so many choices out there but from all the knives I have used, I love the Mora Bushcraft Triflex. It’s not sexy but it serves its function extremely well.  It is not only comfortable to use but very sharp too. It can be used for all types of cutting. It’s great for cutting rope, wood or plant matter, eating, and I could see skinning with it.  You can put this into your backpack or strap it on your waist. In Malaysia you can purchase Mora knives from Outdoor Dynamics based in Penang. (just google them).

So there you go..I hope you find my post on the 12 Essential Items that can save your life if you were Lost helpful.

Don’t forget to leave your comments and views!

 

Read about people getting lost in the Malaysian Jungle:

Hashers Lose Way, Prompt Rescue Ops

Charity fundraising group gets lost in dense Malaysian jungle

It’s a jungle out there and we nearly didn’t get back

Man missing in jungle off East-West highway found

Massive search for four boys in Fraser’s Hill

Four boys missing in Fraser`s Hill found alive

Missing women trekkers rescued

 

 

Tips on Getting Ready for the Taman Negara Sungai Relau Merapoh Adventure

Tips on Getting Ready for the Taman Negara Sungai Relau Merapoh Adventure: May save you not only time but your money too.

For your packing list, we would recommend you have comfortable clothes like t-shirt (easy dry long pants are better than shorts). For caving, wear something that you won’t mind getting dirty. You can wear this same clothes when you visit the Kuala Juram Sanctuary the next day as both these visits are ‘wet’. Please have comfortable shoes for the trip. Wear something you wouldn’t mind getting wet and dirty but gives a good grip when you walk. This will be especially useful when you walk in the cave or in the stream on Day 2 of your trip.

Wearing something like the TEVA river sandals are good. You don’t have to buy Teva though because they are very expensive. I have tried them on wet rocks and they suck. You can get these teva like velcro sandals at the Bata shop and most sports shop in town. They are easy to dry and feels better than walking in wet shoes. To select a good pair, look for those with soles that are rubbery and soft – they are good for slippery surfaces.

petzl tikka headlampYou will also need a headlamp for each of you for the caving. Headlamps are better that flashlights because you can keep your hands free because there will be some climbing, grabbing, holding etc  involved in the cave.

If you are travelling in a group, make sure everyone in your group has one. It feels a lot better with your own headlamp than sharing the same light source with others.

insect repellent taman negaraThese headlamps (made in China) can be found cheap at our night markets they cost about RM15- RM30 each. They are good enough for the caving and night walk which you will be doing. You don’t really need to get those expensive Petzl headlamps to use only during these 2 activities. Find a headlamp which uses the CREE light source. They are newer technology and emits brighter light than than the LED types. Make sure you replace the free battery they give you with fresh alkaline batteries to make sure that your light will not fade on you in the cave. Go for branded batteries like Energizer or Duracell – don’t rely on the cheap made in China batteries.

If you are bringing your family and you have young children, get insect repellant for your kids’ comfort. Can be in cream or stick form. They are available at any of our drug stores like Guardian or Watsons. I find the more expensive they are the more effective .. so you get what you pay for.

Pack some high energy food and food your kids like. There are not many stores in Merapoh or the park that you can get food which your kids may be familiar with especially if you are coming from overseas and not used to the local food.

Making plans for a trip to Taman Negara Sungai Relau? Here are 2 of our best selling packages:

(i) 3 Days /2 Nights Merapoh & Taman Negara Sg Relau – Great for Beginners. From RM180.00 per pax only. 

(ii). 3 Days / 2 Nights Merapoh for the Caving Adventurer. Accommodation + Meals + Caving Activities + Fish Sanctuary

Camping Trip in Malaysia – Here’s A Checklist

Camping Trip in Malaysia: Nothing is more frustrating than having left behind items you absolutely need when camping.

Whether you are a beginning camper or an experienced one, it’s always good to have a list of camping equipment you need to take with you. In fact what I do is have a few plastic containers filled with the non-perishable supplies that I always take camping. This way everything is ready to go and I don’t have to waste time looking for the items I want to bring. So you’re preparing for a Camping Trip in Malaysia – Here’s A Checklist ..

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Food

It’s a good idea to have easy to prepare food. Make a list of the items to buy before you go out shopping. You can always check the internet for good camping recipes. Have on hand dry condiments malaysia-camping-checklistsuch as salt, pepper, some spices and sugar. Be sure to bring staples such as coffee and tea, bread, rice, tomato sauce, onions, eggs, and of course some junk food or tid-bits. Chilled items like mayonaisse, vegetables and frozen food like hotdogs, chicken, burgers etc should be stored in a cooler box. Don’t forget something to drink too. I normally prepare some ready cook items such as sambal ikan bilis, or sandwiches so there are some food to eat when we arrive at the campsite. The amount of food brought should correspond with the number of people in your group, if anyone else is bringing any food to be shared and also the length of days you will be camping. Put all your items into large plastic containers and label them.  Food left in the open can attract ants and flies. And you don’t want to attract animals or vermins to your campsite. Food kept in plastic containers won’t get damaged if it rains.

Sleeping Equipment

As you are aware, the tent is a very important part of camping. Make sure it is waterproof and has a canopy for rain run off. Include a tarp or ground sheet for under the tent. Make sure the tent is always stored in a dry place to keep it free of mildew. Include sleeping bags to keep you nice and warm and an air mattress to keep you off the ground. Don’t forget the pillows. For some people they enjoy sleeping in a hammock above ground and they now come in various designs. They are simple, light, easy to store and comfortable to sleep in.

Lighting

There is nothing worse than walking around a campsite without light. Bring a lantern either powered by propane or batteries. LED lights are also good because the consume much less power and bright. Include a good heavy duty flashlight and it’s always good to have a spare one. Don’t forget the extra batteries.

camping checklist for malaysia-1Cooking Utensils

Include a frying pan, camp stove with fuel, pot with lid, grill, spatula, dish cloths, coffee pot, dishwashing (liquid or solid) and food tongs. Charcoal and metal mesh if you want to barbeque.

First Aid Kit

A great ideas is to put together a waterproof container filled with the following supplies that you keep stored with your camping equipment and is always ready to go. Be sure to include some Panadol, anti-histamine cream and tablets, antibiotic cream, antiseptic, band-aids/bandages, tweezers, sunscreen lotion, bug repellent, antacid tablets and a box of pre-moistened towels such as baby wipes. If you don’t want to assemble a kit, you can easily buy one from the pharmacy. They come in various sizes. Just check the expiry date of the items inside before paying.

Personal Items

Once again it’s a great idea to keep these items stored in a waterproof container for easy accessibility. Include bar of soap, hand sanitizer, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrush, razor and shaving cream, deodorant, comb/brush, washcloth and towels.

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Miscellaneous Supplies

Here are some things that will help make your camping experience a good one.

  • Water bottles
  • Tools such as hammer, screwdriver and pliers
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Plastic plates, plastic knives, forks, and spoons.
  • Paper towels
  • Trash Bags
  • Tablecloth
  • Charcoal
  • Fire starter
  • Matches/lighter
  • Small shovel
  • Duct tape for emergency repairs
  • GPS (I have ditched the compass).
  • Parang
  • Pocket knife
  • Dishpan, scrub pad and dish soap

Communications / Gadgets

  • Some places may not have network coverage but it is good to bring along your smartphone with GPS and map app installed. Get aquainted with these apps you have installed and know how to use them especially on navigating back to your starting point.
  • GPS standalone unit with fresh batteries – they are more sturdy than a smartphone.
  • Powerbank and cables to recharge your gadgets
  • Camera

CAMPING TIP ash

Looking for a place to Camp? Come to our’s. We are located near Kampung Ulu Slim, in Slim River, Perak. Voice/Whatsapp 019-3849691

Lumix FT-1 Waterproof and Shockproof Compact Camera | My opinion

7975_Lumix-FT-1I have been using this camera for over six months now. I find it handy for taking shots outdoors and doing my field work. I use it more as a back up for my Nikon D40 DSLR.  This is a 12MP camera with Leica lens. Leica is well know not only for their cameras but their lenses too.  This compact camera has AVCHD meaning it can take videos in HD format which is a plus factor.

The things I like most about this camera are:

1. I can take continuous shots with it.  Even Olympus Tough does not have this feature

2. Light weight and easy to carry around.

3. I can take quick snapshots for those not to be missed moments and when taking out the DSLR requires more time or planning.

4. I can pass it to someone else to take shots and it’ll be easy for them.

5. It’s water proof so I can take shots around water, on the water and underwater.

6. Plenty of features and presets – if you love toggling these. (But I hardly use many of these presets).

7. Videos look very nice, especially in HD format.

8. I can activate the histogram which will be indicated on the back LCD screen so I can be sure that I do not overexpose or underexpose the shot.

And, the things I don’t like about this camera are:

1. Sucks up battery like crazy. If I used it, it wouldn’t last a day on a single charge.

2. Poor colour saturation. Pre sets for Natural (too greyish skin tone) and Vivid (too strong on reds and greens) and nothing in between. Needs adjustments to be done on the PC.

3. Water droplets and fogging on the lens when using it around water, snorkeling, rafting, etc.. and has to be wiped.. this is not easy if you are wet unless you can figure out how to carry a dry cloth to wipe the lens.

4. No cover on the lens making it easily scratched.

5. The camera body feels slippery when using it in water.

6. Poor colour rendition in low light conditions.

7. Adjusting certain camera features is quite annoying as it is buried deep in the menu and you’re always clicking on the wrong thing.

8. Tiny buttons on the back and made of steel. Needs really puny fingers to manage this and slippery most of the time.

9. Lumix own USB cable – you can’t use a generic USB cable.. so you better not lose it.

10.  You can’t create your own folders. The camera does it for you.

Do you use this camera too? Please feel free to add your comment.

WHAT’S NEW:

Further to this review, Lumix has already pun on the market their latest model called the Panasonic Lumix DMC TS2. It is now a 14.1 MP unit with a few new features.

Looking around, we found that Amazon carries a very good deal on this model. You can check out Amazon’s offer of the Lumix DMC TS2 here

How to plan an outdoor program for your company staff?

How to plan an outdoor program for your company staff?

how to plan an outdoor program for your company staffWe receive many enquiries for companies that want to plan an outdoor program for their staff. The main reasons are they want their staff to taste some outdoor adventure and create the opportunity for the staff in the company to spend time together due to their hectic workload and stress. With that in mind here is our article on how to plan an outdoor program for your company staff.

Because our adventure camp which is located in Kampung Ulu Slim, Slim River, Perak is within easy reach of major cities and towns like Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Subang Jaya, Puchong, Ipoh etc this makes it an excellent choice for your outdoor adventure location. To be frank, not many people are comfortable to stay for extended periods of time outdoors and sleeping in tents. Therefore, we have put together a package which is only 2 days and 1 night and it also includes some challenging and fun activities so your team can play and challenge themselves. Putting up tents and sleeping under the stars for just one night is acceptable to many.

2 days / 1 night package for corporate adventure getaway

Minimum group size 15 pax
Maximum group size 50 pax

Your package Includes

  • Roundtrip 4WD transportation Kampung Ulu Slim – Gesau Adventure Camp. An adventure in itself
  • 1 night stay at the Gesau Adventure Camp inclusive of shared tents (4 persons to each 6-man tents). Sleeping in shared tents can be fun!
  • Meals: Breakfast (1), Lunch (2), Dinner (1), Evening Tea (1), Supper (1). Yummy food throughout your stay
  • Free flow of hot and cold drinks. Well, you’ll never go hungry or thirsty
  • Easily your highlight of your stay with us: White water rafting Slim River (Grade III) on Day 2 – approx 7Kms, 2hrs.
  • Campfire activities – Day 1 night – Plenty of fun – guaranteed!
  • Orang Asli Living Skills Day 1 evening – for everyone to learn something new

Package excludes
Transportation to Kampung Ulu Slim
Personal accident insurance
Meals and activities not indicated in the itinerary

Start time: 3.00pm / Day 1
End time: 1.30pm / Day 2

Rate (Min 15 pax) : from RM295.00 per person
50% deposit upon confirmation, balance to be paid in full 7 days before the start of your program

Click this link to Make Your Booking

 

Put Together A Personal First Aid Kit for the Malaysian Outdoors

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I often see people going off on their adventures – long or short trips and I wonder if they carry a first aid kit with them.

If you are one that don’t carry one, then I suggest you do. It’s not difficult to put together a small kit really. And you can then pop into your backpack, carry on your waist secured to your belt or put it into your fanny pack. It’s better to be prepared for any minor accidents that can happen during your trip.

The suggestion I have prepared here is suited for the Malaysian outdoors here on our blog posting entitled “Put Together A Personal First Aid Kit for the Malaysian Outdoors”.

Here is what you need:

Firstly, for personal (or a small group) get a first-aid kit bag. They are made of heavy fabric, red in colour and has several compartments and is closed with a zipper around it. Deuter makes a good first-aid bag but you can get something similar at a cheaper price.

Then assemble the following items | Your First Aid Kit should have:

[1] Panadol (2 strips) – for general pain

[2] Anti-histamine pills – for allergy

[3] Antacid tablets (1 strip)

[4] Charcoal tablets (2 strips) for gas/upset stomach/purging

[5] Minyak angin (eg. Kwan Loong / Minyak cap Kapak / Yu Yee whichever you prefer)

[6] Antibiotic cream

[7] Acrifalvin solution (yellow solution) for small cuts – if you can get Gentian Violet that is even better although it stains

[8] Deep heat – for sprains

[9] Antiseptic towelettes, wrapped singly (10 pckgs)

[10] Adhesive bandages (plasters) of various sizes (12 one-inch)

[11] Butterfly adhesive bandages (6, various sizes)

[12] Roller gauze (2 rolls, 2″ x 5 yd.)

[13] Square gauze (10pcs, 2in x 2in, wrapped singly)

[14] Burn cream (eg. Burnol)

[15] Medical tape (looks like cellophane tape but made of breathable material) (2″ roll)

[16] Elastic bandages – for sprains

[17] Safety Pins

[18] Needle, Tweezers

[19] Scissors and/or razor blade – to cut

[20] Small digital Thermometer

All these items are available from your local pharmacy.

Once you have your First-Aid Kit, make sure you don’t leave it at home but carry it with you on your adventure trips!

If you feel it is more convenient just to buy a kit, well here is what we would recommend for your personal first aid kit

First Aid Only Outdoor First Aid Kit, Soft Case, 205-Piece Kit

Have Fun in the Outdoors!

How to Keep and Retrieve Records of Your Travel Documents When You Travel | A Travel Tip for Your Next Journey

When you travel, there are important documents and records that you need with you. Anything can happen during your trip (hopefully not). Not all countries that you will be travelling to are safe. Hopefully you will not encounter lost or stolen luggage, muggers, pick-pockets, scammers during your trip. If you were unlucky when this happen, you may not only lose your cash but important documents too – things like passport, credit cards, your country issued id etc. This article will show you How to Keep and Retrieve Records of Your Documents when you travel.

You also carry important information with you such as your flight confirmation number, your hotel reservation number, your insurance etc, etc – you get what I mean.

A method which I have found to work well for me when I travel is to have this information easily managed, organized and later retrieved if required. Now with the availability of cloud computing, these important information can be saved on a cloud server and if there is a need to retrieve any of this information, you can easily access them from your smartphone, laptop, or computer at a cybercafe.

I have found that DROP BOX works very well for me. You get a 2GB account and that is more than enough. Set-up your account and have it on your desktop PC, or laptop and the download the app into your smartphone. When you upload a document on your desktop PC, they will synchronize. I recommend creating a new Folder in Dropbox. Then scan or photograph your important documents for the trip. Documents can be saved or converted to PDF and uploaded to your account. This can be a copy of your hotel confirmation, photographs of your luggage (should they get lost), your passport, identification, medical letter, etc, etc..

You will have the peace of mind that during your travel, should you need to access these important documents, they are easily available for you to use! What about you? Do you have any tips you want to share?

 

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Top Tips in Maintaining and Enjoying Your Land Rover

There are many vehicles around that are claimed to be capable of dealing with the toughest off-road driving conditions but it is a fact that there are few better vehicles in tough off-road situations than a Land Rover. If you are interested in taking up off-road driving, you should learn Off Road Adventures For The Land Rover Enthusiast simply because there is no better way of mastering how to drive in off-road conditions.

It is also an indisputable fact that nowadays, many of the four-wheel-drive vehicles that are theoretically capable of being taken off-road are in truth no such thing. Indeed, if you took most modern SUV’s off-road, you would have to drive extremely carefully and cautiously if you do not want your vehicle to fall to pieces, whereas if you take a Land Rover off-road, there is almost nothing that you can’t do with and to it.

One of the most appealing things about Land Rover’s and using them in off-road situations is that from the very beginning, this is exactly what they were built for. Furthermore, because the famous Land Rover profile has remained almost unchanged since the Series 1 was first launched in 1948, every Land Rover represents a genuine slice of motoring history. There is no doubt that once you have a Land Rover, there is literally no limit on how much fun you can have in an off-road environment. Your vehicle will climb the steepest slopes, ford rivers and streams without a hiccup and pull you through the boggiest conditions imaginable without any hesitation whatsoever.

And because Land Rovers have always been built with off-roading in mind, there really is no other vehicle that is better suited to learning how to drive efficiently and safely off-road either if you are a beginner. Some people might suggest that because the Land Rover that you can buy from the brand-new showroom is little changed over the past 60 years or so that what you are buying is a ‘dinosaur’, a vehicle whose day has been and gone a long time ago. However, the reason that a modern Land Rover is instantly recognizable is because of this resistance to unnecessary change as why would you change something that is already perfectly suited to the main task for which it was designed? And of course, the basic Land Rover design has evolved over the years as more sophisticated parts have been used, bigger engines installed and so on.

At the same time, additional models such as the Discovery, the Freelander and Range Rover have been introduced to the Land Rover stable so that anyone who wants to buy a rugged vehicle which is still suitable for taking off-road that has a bit more comfort and luxury is catered for. The bottom line is, taking your four-wheel drive vehicle off-road is a great deal of fun but if you are driving around in a modern ‘luxury’ SUV, the chances are that you might need to think twice about doing so. If however you have a ‘standard’ Land Rover, a Freelander of a Range Rover, you can quite happily go off-road any time you like safe in the knowledge that your vehicle is capable of taking almost anything that you are going to throw at it. In short, Off roading the Land Rover Way is probably the safest and most appealing way of taking up off-road driving. If therefore you are thinking of doing so, look no further than a Land Rover.

 

DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF YOUR LAND ROVER, KNOW IT LIKE THE BACK OF YOUR HAND.

How to Make Your Own Sports Drink

how to make your own sports drinkEasy mixing – how to make your own sports drink.

Ok, I am going to leave here the recipe to make your own sports drink. It’s easy to make and will save you money.

This sports drink you will be making on your own will replace your lost electrolytes.

Add 1/4 tsp. salt (I prefer the Himalayan pink salt variety) you can also try using sea salt, 1/4 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 cup orange juice (or try apple juice, lemon, etc), 2 tbsp. sugar and mix with 1 liter of water. Don’t skip any of the ingredients. You may think that the orange juice may seem like too much sugar but it actually replaces lost potassium.

That’s all there is to it. Put it into your drinking bottle, it will taste better chilled or cold 🙂

Do you have your own sports drink recipe? Leave it in the comment section below.

How to Pack for Adventure Travel

Pack for Adventure Travel – 4 important components revealed.

There is a funny scene in the movie Romancing the Stone when Michael Douglas’ character meets Kathleen Turner’s character and agrees to take her to a phone booth hundreds of miles away. He simply refuses to help her carry her completely impractical luggage and a few scenes later goes even further by chopping the heels off her shoes so she can actually walk in them. This little fiasco encompasses the essence of packing for adventure travel. Less is most definitely more!

When in a foreign country it is usually pretty easy to spot the experienced traveler from the novice. The novice is usually dragging a giant suitcase or trying to lug a brightly coloured backpack that is even bigger than they are. They are dressed in the latest I-Must-Have-Adventure-Gear from the most expensive adventure stores and have trekking shoes worth hundreds of dollars. This is not the way to do it for several reasons. The first is comfort. You will usually be doing a lot of walking whenever you go on a vacation and walking with 50 kg of luggage is both tiring and difficult. You will also, most likely, be getting extremely dirty and ruining whatever clothing you take (even if it is expensive adventure clothing and don’t forget that some of your gear may even be stolen. If you show up with all the best and most expensive gear you are also a walking target for hustlers and thieves. With all of this in mind here are a few tips:

Luggage

If you are going to be doing anything even remotely physical and walking any further than a few hundred meters, then a backpack is definitely the way to go. But not all packs are created equal! Think small and inconspicuous. Dark colours like brown and black will attract less attention than a bright purple or red pack. Make sure it is the type of pack that has a flap on the top that closes over the packís opening to keep out water (the types that zip up WILL get your stuff wet). You will also want to put your clothing in waterproof stuff bags? I use standard plastic shopping bags, but there are tougher ones that you can buy from disposals and camping stores. You also want your pack to be as small as possible. Especially if you are only touring (mountaineers may need something bigger). I use a 30 liter pack but would say 45 liters is an absolute maximum for general purpose use. You will be carrying it around a lot and if you cannot fit something in then you probably donít really need it.

Clothing

Think light and breathable! Cotton is always good. Three shirts is usually enough because you can wear one, wash one and have a spare. Take ones with collars to keep the sun off your neck if you are going anywhere remotely sunny. For pants, I like cargoes that can zip off the legs and turn into shorts (which can also double as swimming trunks). Dark colours are always going to hide the dirt and grime so thatís also a good idea. Usually, other than underwear and socks, I donít take much more than this. Remember that if you need something you can always buy it there and usually for a fraction of the price than at home! Donít forget to take some type of hat as being sunburnt is a real drag when you are traveling.

Shoes

Unless you are doing some serious mountaineering then you probably wonít need those $300 Scarpa trekking boots. In many poorer countries you can buy those $300 Scarpas at the local markets for $10 anyway, because some idiot tourist left them outside his door to dry and an enterprising local stole them to sell at the markets! Think comfort ?I usually go for Converse All Stars, but any type of cheap canvas shoe will probably be ok. On a trek across England my Converse shoes allowed my feet to get wet about 10 minutes before my buddyís feet got wet? He was wearing the $300 Scarpas! Once again, if you need something better, you can probably buy it at your destination for a cheaper price.

Other stuff

There are a few things I will never travel without. Sunscreen is the main one because I REALLY hate getting sunburnt. A small multi-tool is often pretty handy too ?donít get a leatherman because you will lose it or get it stolen. You can often buy multi-tools for $5 anyway that work perfectly well. I also always take a lighter ($1 plastic kind) for anything from lighting peopleís cigarettes to sealing the ends of ropes.

The trick to packing for adventure travel is to pack light, inconspicuous and cheap. This avoids you becoming a human pack-mule or a target for thieves and hustlers. You will also find that you will enjoy your traveling more because you wonít be so tired nor worrying about your gear so much.