I awake in the Flying Camp. What is the Fly camp I hear you ask? Well, dear read, the Fly Camp is hessin sack suspended two branches above the ground; keeping one safe from the wet soggy ground below and all that lurks there- our only protection from Borneo’s vicious rains and howling winds.
It’s been a very exciting week. As you may have already heard from your loved ones, we have had some unexpected guests, Casey and Hamzah, the cutest orang-utan couple in all of Borneo; have found us foreigners quite interesting. For about 2 and a half days, they would visit us at camp. Sometimes they got too close though and would become destructive. So Desty encouraged us to scare them away. Batsum, the chef, is the best at this job…
Hello! After a very long journey, we all finally met in Balikpapan to begin our Gapforce Borneo adventure. We assumed our journey was nearly over. We were wrong. A 17 hour car journey later, we arrived in the tiny village of Muara Wahau, where we would spend 2 nights to organise our jungle equipments. Then we took a gorgeous drive on the back of rusty yet reliable 4 x 4’s through firstly…
Arrival: After arrival in Palanka raya most of us happened to bump into each other on the plane coming over which was great! That afternoon we waited for the rest of the group to arrive and then went back to the base at Nyaru Mentang. This is where we saw our first orangutans, we set up in our little cabin … Read More
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 … Read More
Day 4 – The Summit (Camp 2 – Summit – Rock Garden – Church Camp) Day four saw us awake totally unrefreshed, cold and wet and shortly afterward regretting that we ever got up at all. A blessed troop of gibbons did their best to get us going however, by swinging through the canopy overhead singing their glorious morning song. … Read More
Day 1 – Setting out for Mount Murud (Bario – Ukat – Pa’ Lungan) We arose to a glorious sunny morning with an abundant – and utterly naïve – sense of optimism. The eagerly anticipated trek – that would see us scale the highest peak in Sarawak (8110 feet) – was finally upon us and an air of excitement filled … Read More
We heard that some people sure do like hearing about our volunteers and all the crazy stuff they get up to on our projects, so we thought we’d launch our brand new Gapforce Blog to do just that! Expect ex-volunteer stories, new projects and general ramblings. As well as that we’ll have info on our London office and the … Read More
The title pretty much says it all. Hear Jack talking about his experiences with Trekforce in Belize. As he says, if you’re going to do it, do it right. Find out more about Trekforce here.