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Philippines-Jungle Survival Trip

Postby bear the dog » Wed May 09, 2012 4:06 am

Last year (Sept 2011) I had the chance to spend a weekend in the jungle of Subic Bay, Philippines for some jungle living skills with the Aetas.

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Miguel

On this past trip to the Philippines (besides the trips up north to Banaue and way down south to Mindanao) I also got another opportunity to meet with some experts in their jungle once again. This time it was with a survival instructor from one of their schools, where they train the PHIL national police and air force in jungle survival that suits Southeast Asia.


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Within minutes of arriving at their camp, this kid and I were waist deep in muddy water, mud up to my knees, looking for shelfish.

Once we got out of the water and started moving one of the Aetas thought I might get my bag wet and muddy, he insisted on carrying it for me. Before I got the translation, he was off. The bag isn’t big at all, he is just about 4 feet 5 inches tall.
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Hiking through a bamboo forest.
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Whenever this small slit is seen in bamboo it usually means there are bats.
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Sour lemon leaves used for cooking and making a hot lemonade drink.
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Series of vines that have killed these trees.

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We stopped for lunch and cooked what we found and some rice…but first a fire.

Making fire using a variation of the bamboo fire saw.

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While the food cooked, we made some utensils, plates, and cups from bamboo.

My cup
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BBQ bats and rice
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Onward
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Rattan was located and split for lashings

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Clean water, or so they said. I think I believe them since this was two weeks ago and I am still fine.
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Making camp/shelter

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Eduardo is afraid of his bed crashing down so he really reinforced it with bamboo and vines.
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Gear/tools

I had a small fixed blade, but didn’t use for anything except opening a can. Bolo rules in the jungle of Subic Bay.

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The night

Once it got dark, we ate again. Rice and a can of tuna.

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After dinner, it was time to fish and frog hunt.
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The frog hunting was not a success, because there were cobras in the water hunting and it spooked the frogs away.

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Bad cobra

My turn to make fire and cook the rice.
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The hardest part is splitting the bamboo open carefully and not completely spilling the contents.

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Ed is testing my rice.

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Water tree
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Water vine that you don’t drink from, it’s not milk.
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Holy Cross water vine is ok to drink, but doesn’t give to much water. It is mainly used for cordage.
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This is used for cuts, just roll it up and squeeze.
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Traps

This technique was taught to the US soldiers to alert them when the enemy was near. They use it for wild boar hunting too.

Eduardo is pretending to be the enemy, when he trips the vine the bamboo will crash together in a thunderously violent sound! It is tied securely, then split and propped open.

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Since the Aetas trained the US before entering the war with Vietnam, they were versed in traps not only for hunting, but for people.

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Cordage from the holy cross vine.
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I went to Subic Bay to train with the Aetas and all I got was this silly hat!
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Re: Philippines-Jungle Survival Trip

Postby warrior/poet » Wed May 09, 2012 4:55 am

These are all great photos and stories... Well done.
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Re: Philippines-Jungle Survival Trip

Postby shivers » Wed May 09, 2012 5:44 am

Another fantastic story. Thanks, and keep them coming!
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Re: Philippines-Jungle Survival Trip

Postby Big Duke 6 » Thu May 10, 2012 9:26 am

Awesome post! Loved the photos - looks like a great time....except for the cobras.
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Re: Philippines-Jungle Survival Trip

Postby ReptilianKittenEater » Fri May 11, 2012 12:27 am

Loved the pics and the stories but drink that water? That's a giardia orgy waiting to happen.
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Re: Philippines-Jungle Survival Trip

Postby bear the dog » Fri May 11, 2012 12:36 am

ReptilianKittenEater wrote:Loved the pics and the stories but drink that water? That's a giardia orgy waiting to happen.


I'm stupid like that. I don't always believe what people say, but I also want to see for myself what is safe to drink, especially since I may be going back there again.

I think they were right, still doing ok.

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Re: Philippines-Jungle Survival Trip

Postby flipflop » Fri May 11, 2012 6:11 pm

+1 on the other replies

outstanding stuff

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Re: Philippines-Jungle Survival Trip

Postby svizzerams » Sat May 12, 2012 4:24 pm

excellent story and fotos - I'm curious - how do you eat a bat? And does it taste like chicken? ;-)
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Re: Philippines-Jungle Survival Trip

Postby lmetrucking » Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:43 pm

svizzerams wrote:excellent story and fotos - I'm curious - how do you eat a bat? And does it taste like chicken? ;-)

Taste like bacon to me.
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