Jungle survival courses in Malaysia are aplenty but one that is taught by someone knowledgeable and experienced is really hard to come by. I have personally attended jungle survival courses and have come to the conclusion that some are just a waste of time. There are only a handful of individuals whom I have met that (to my honest opinion) are good enough to actually deliver a useful course. Many are interested to attend a jungle survival course but finding a good one is really hard.
Kedai pisau Ganzo milik Dannie telah berpindah ke tempat baru, tidak jauh dari lokasi lamanya di Ara Damansara. Selain pisau jenama Ganzo, kedai Radiant Den juga menjual barangan lain seperti lampu LED, bateri cas semula (rechargables) dan aksesori hiking. Dengan satu sudut ‘workshop’ baru di dalam kedai, Dannie kini dapat mendalami minat dan hobinya.
Explorer Outfitter is another local Malaysian outdoor gear retailer. They have been around for several years now but I never did have the chance (nor took the effort actually) to visit any of their stores. Rumours and whispers about this outdoor gear retailer has been mixed from the very beginning. Some say it has a lot of variety while others think the quality is crap. When a friend told me a new outlet is opening up in Damen USJ (near to me), I decided to check it out myself.
Here’s an older Norlund brand axe I dug up from the pile of tool my dad kept in the store. Dad wanted me to take down a tree and asked me to go get a cutting tool. Didn’t know what brand the axe was until I have done the task asked off me. Quite a good little axe. Even just after a brief use, I felt it outperforms the Silky Ono and Gransfors I tried out previously.
There are several places where you can buy camping hammock in KL. Online selling sites like Mudah and Lelong has much to offer, though some may not be suitable at all for jungle camping because of the size, design and especially weight. The gem hammock I found recently was at Decathlon, a sporting gear retailer I am loving more and more. Decathlon stores are located at Sri Damansara and USJ (beside Summit USJ).
Jungle footwear is an important consideration for extended jungle expedition trips. What is a suitable shoe for the jungle? A pair of Adidas kampong or gum buts? Or should it be something made of waterproof material to keep the water out? These are some questions I started asking myself since I started jungle camping. Over time, through self experiments and reading resources on the internet, I have come to the following conclusion.
Hammock for jungle camping is the best option for those who truly want to do long term jungle trips. I have been watching episodes of Naked & Afraid and Marooned with Ed Stafford and each time it comes to the jungle, two things stand out consistently…you have to get off the jungle floor and you got to protect yourself from the little creatures.
I was searching on the internet for nature trips near KL when my friend referred me to Eddie Yap. Eddie is a registered licensed nature guide and he agreed to lead us to the popular Chilling waterfall in Kuala Kubu Baru. We thought a nature walk to a waterfall would be ideal, since we had a guest from NZ visiting us in Kuala Lumpur.
Decathlon merupakan sebuah kedai barang sukan baru di Malaysia dan kini cawangan keduanya telah dibuka di USJ. Cawangan baru ini terletak diantara bangunan Summit dan Da Men Mall. Hampir 2 jam dihabiskan membelek barangan di dalam gedung besar ini. Kini saya yakin, Decathlon adalah kedai barang sukan terulung di Malaysia.
Baru-baru ini, saya singgah kedai jual pisau Mora di Shah Alam. Kedai yang bukan asing lagi bagi peminat pisau di Malaysia iaitu OGM. Teringin saya membelek sendiri model baru pisau Mora. Pisau buatan Sweden ini walaupun murah (berbanding harga pisau lain) tetapi ia menang dari aspek kualiti dan praktikaliti.