Locals helping Ant with a spot of map reading.
By the end of the second day spent yomping with no food whatsoever bar a couple of dioralytes, things were looking very bleak indeed. The guides still being vague on distances coupled with GPS and maps not much help either we were starting to get slightly worried.
Charlie the younger of our guides turned to us as light was dropping and said we are near to a lodge used by his family for hunting. By nightfall we had made it to a bamboo shelter in the heart of the rainforest, equipped with YAMS!!! Nothing could ever taste so sweet as those yams did that night.
The following morning Misrandi set out to recce the route ahead. We used the opportunity to dry out soaking wet gear, and put us in good standing for future shenanigans.
Out of the blue Misrandi appeared machete in one hand freshly caught wild pig in the other. Mr Miyagi has absolutely nothing on Misrandi. Everything you imagine a Dayak to be encompassed in one person. Calm, quiet, friendly and his bush craft drills makes Ray Mears look like a donkey. We cooked and ate the wild boar, for which we were immensely grateful for and packed up our now dry kit and headed off again.
After another savage day’s journey we finally crossed the border into Kalimantan Tengah and into another time zone in the process.
We reached our destination 3 days into a one day yomp. Which turned out to be around 100km.
We have learned some valuable lessons during our few days in the wild, which we intend to take forward as we approach The Heart Of Borneo, which we have aptly nicknamed The Death Zone. These will be crucial for our and the expeditions very survival.
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