Working With Local Guides in Borneo – the Importance Of Experts (and deer skulls)!

We always strive to include the local communities in all projects we run, to ensure our work is sustainable and meaningful in every possible way. As such, check out this lovely message from our Chief Expedition Leader in Borneo, David “Oz” Osborne:

Please read the message below from Rian John Pasan – our local guide and Trekforce staff member in Borneo. Rian is an incredible man and dear friend who has helped me and Al in every aspect of all seven of our expeditions in Sarawak over the last two years. He has asked me to send this message to you all at head office (and to all the volunteers over the last two years) in gratitude for everyone’s hard work in making our expeditions here happen.

In thanks for his huge contribution, we have awarded him with a Trekforce Certificate of Appreciation, photo frame of pictures and (most prized of all) a huge Sambo deer skull. We hope you approve.


I also attach a photo of the old rascal for you.

Trekforce Borneo Appreciation

To all whom have come to Bario in Sarawak, Borneo, to all those that helped you to get here, and help contribute to any community project with me ‘Rian’. I would personally like to express my most gratitude of huge THANK YOU to each one of you. I can’t mention all your names here. Where ever you are in your undertakings at the moment.. my warmest humble heart feels that you are always treasured deep in my heart for life. I am extremely proud of your quality works & commitment. It is because you took all things positively with Rian that makes the great difference. Not forgetting also to my two ‘kinanaks’ (brothers) Oz & Al, our expedition leaders, for their endless efforts through many expeditions we worked together. I know it doesn’t end here but nothing can stop me of sharing my heart feels of thank you though I cannot thank you all enough.

Thank you. 

Please stay safe. I love you all.


Rian John Pasan 

Borneo Expedition Leader, Trekking & Nature Guide


If you are interested in joining Oz & Rian in Borneo, check out our projects pages here or email for more info!

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