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Re: Travel Advice

Subject: Re: Travel Advice
From: "rapsac" cstroem
Date: Sun Dec 8, 2013 8:17 am ((PST))
I've travelled forest roads on Borneo (Sabah) in the middle of dry
season with an experienced local driver and 4WD truck, i.e. ideal
circumstances, and we still nearly got stuck. I would avoid those kind
of roads in the wet season, also because landslides are very common.

On 2013-12-08 06:57, Admin Australian Nature Sounds wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am going on a field recording trip to Bali and Borneo in
> January/February. In preparation for this I wanted to ask for some of
> your collective advice on a number of things.
> I am getting my second shot of vaccinations this week and have
> organised travel insurance so these bases are covered. I've got a
> solid backup strategy in place and plenty of batteries in the hand
> luggage. My gear is insured against accidents and theft/mugging and
> all important documents are scanned and stored in my Dropbox account.
> I know it is probably not the best time of year with it being the wet
> season, however, this is the only time that I can go, so I have to
> make the best of it. Some roads, especially in the remote areas, are
> possibly going to be hard going and I just wanted to check from your
> experience whether hiring a 4WD and going into those areas is in fact
> worth the effort and cost involved or whether I am just as well off
> staying on accessible roads.
> What are your experiences with recording during the wet/rainy season?
> What kind of animals can I expect? Are there more or less sounds to be
> captured or just different ones?
> Any recommendations on getting around? Do you hire a guide with a car
> or do you just hire a car yourselves?
> How much do you plan ahead and how much do you do spontaneous?
> Do you prefer to book ahead or see where the journey takes you?
> While I like the latter way to travel and discover areas that are not
> in the Lonely Planet or any other travel book, I sometimes feel that I
> might be losing valuable time. Am I?
> What are your primary sources for identifying good recording spots
> (good meaning little to no anthrophony, lots of bird and animal sounds)?
> Have you got any friendly contacts in the above locations that you
> would be willing to s hare?
> I look forward to hearing your thoughts :)
> Eric
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