Thursday, 1 July 2010

This is it!!

This is it!! We are leaving for Ingei tomorrow!!! Wish us luck!! Do check out this blog comes August and you will have all the updates!!

First Aid Course

A first aid course was conducted by three paramedics from RIPAS on 24th June 2010 in UBD. Two of the paramedics, namely Haji Roslan and Wandy, will be going to Sungai Ingei to assist the participants in any first aid / medicinal needs. The paramedics will stay in Sungai Ingei for the entire period during the expedition.

The first aid course included:

1) a presentation on "First Aid Basics" given by Wandy
2) CPR demonstration shown by Haji Roslan
3) demonstrations on bandages and arm slings
4) free anti-tetanus jabs to all participants

On behalf of the Sungai Ingei Faunal Expedition, we would like to thank the RIPAS paramedics for their help and full cooperation.

Wandy giving his presentation

Three paramedics from RIPAS

Haji Roslan demonstrating CPR

Correct posture in performing CPR

Free first aid kits were also given out by the paramedics

Demo on bandaging

Demo on making an arm sling

Dr. Charles managed to put on a
smile while getting the ATT jab :)

Recce 4 (18th June - 21st June 2010)

Recce 4 is the final recce trip of the expedition and it was conducted for 4 days from 18th June to 21st June 2010. 9 people participated in Recce 4 and the main reasons for the recce involved:

1) Inspecting the base camp (which is now completed)
2) Setting camera traps and small mammal traps
3) Establishing new research trails

The Sungai Ingei Faunal Expedition main base camp is composed of the main hall, kitchen, toilet, water storage tank and generator shack. Hence, the expedition will officially start on the 2nd of July 2010.

Recce 4 participants (L-R): Dr. Joe Charles (Expedition Leader), Haji Saifullah (Boatman), Cikgu Haji (Boatman), Angus (Chief Guide), Jeffery (Volunteer), David (Boatman), Samhan (Field Coordinator), Salwa (Volunteer) and Metis (Volunteer)

Mouth of Sungai Ingei (black water) as
connected to Sungai Belait (brown water)
[Notice the change of water colour]

Path leading to entrance of main base camp

Main hall where participants will sleep

Kitchen with proper sink, tables and benches

Toilet (directly constructed above pit)

Water Storage Tank

Participants will have the comfort of sleeping on
air mattresses and protected within mosquito nets

Dr. Charles and Cikgu Haji setting up a camera trap

Another camera trap as set up by Metis

Salwa and Cikgu Haji had to cross the
river to set up small mammal traps

After dinner, serious discussions were
conducted in hoping to answer any queries