BackUp of files during travelling

As a passionate photographer and movie maker I use to shoot a lot while travelling. During short trips to save regions where the risk of equipment loss or damage due to crime and/or environmental conditions (like prolonged high humidity, difficult terrain etc.) it is enough to leave the files (photos, films, sound files) on their …

DIY – Trolley for Rucksacks

Once upon a time I travelled to Río Napo, Ecuador to climb rainforest trees, to photograph and film nature and to camp in the rainforest. Well, this required more equipment that could never possibly fit into just one single rucksack. The rucksack with my climbing gear alone weighed ca. 24 kg, plus the rucksack with …

Hammocks

Hammocks Sleeping and resting is one of the most important things in life, especially during physically and mentally challenging activities. So the question is: which type of shelter is appropriate in the tropical rainforest, particularly when one is on the move? Tents are quite bulky and heavy, and require relatively much flat area on the …

Drones & Solar

Drones & solar charging Being in remote locations for several days in row means that electricity supply is constrained. Either one has enough full batteries available or one has one or more good power banks fully charged or, for even longer trips, solar panels to charge the batteries. Sometimes the charging devices or batteries need …

Water

WATER Lesson learnt (in a nut shell):1. Water level may rise unexpectedly2. Choose campsite wisely, pay attention to details like sediments on supposedly save dry land3. Have a plan B and observe how the situation changes Lesson in more detail:Amazonia. Rainforest. Rain. Rivers. Oxbow lakes. Swamps. Water is omnipresent in the rainforest. Besides the already …

Fire

Wood, tinder and kindling tend to be very damp in the rainforest and hence difficult to ignite. The easiest way to obtain some wood dry enough for fire is to collect it somewhere with much direct sunlight like banks of larger rivers and in forest gaps, ideally not from the ground but hanging somewhere. And …

Canopy biology

Rainforests are awesome. We humans are bound to walk on the forest flor, hence much of its life escapes our experience. We look up, wonder what lives high up in the canopy. This challenging frontier is being surveyed by biologists. Here we present some general books about this realm. They describe the adventures of this …

Adventure, bushcraft & camping techniques

Travelling through the Amazonas basin is a great adventure, no matter how short your trip may be. Adventure stories are THE inspiration for most of us to travel to remote locations and together with fascinating encouters with nature and peoples they are intellectually, emotionally and physically challenging and rewarding. So be inspired by true stories …

Ecology, general natural history & geography of Amazonia

Here you can find references that deal with more general aspects of the Amazonas basin like overall ecology, natural history, and geography, but also peoples living in the region. Baumann P 1990: Amazonien darf nicht sterben. Verlag Carl Ueberrreuter, Austria, 184 pp. ISBN 3-8000-3342-9 This book describes in German various aspects of the Amazon basin …

Identification Fauna & Flora

Here we present some guides, scientific books and articles that are useful to identify the organisms found in the Amazonas basin. Given the extreme biodiversity of tropical habitats and our own specific interest this list is by no means complete. However, we will add interesting literature in future. Adis J (ed.) 2002: Amazonian Arachnida and …