Kelabit highlands - doing the jungle, or more precisely, the jungle doing me
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June 8th, 2008 – by: manuel_s
It took 1 day over logging roads to get to the village of Pa Mada. After seeing the enormous stretches of slashed jungle it actualy hurts to see the logging trucks trailing clouds of dust and transporting huge treetrunks to the coast. Already a few tracks that are mentioned in the 2007 LP don't exist anymore due to the logging and probably in a few years there won't be anymore jungle trekking in this area as everything will have been raised to the ground and substituted by oil palms, causing massive soil erosion in the process (one of the reasons why the rivers are brown here).
For some reason we decided to cross over to Indonesia and move north from there. It wasn't really an established trail so we basically went from village to village and getting a new guide every time. We didn't know what we were in for. The first day was easy enough with a 2 hours walk to Pa Dalih, although the amount of leeches jumping us should have warned us. The next day we crossed the border using a hunting trail. It was a gruelling 13 hr walk through primary rainforest (I stopped counting the leeches in my shoes and in my pants after the first hour), crossing streams on slippery logs, and often more than not sliding through the mud and crawling up embankments through the mud.
We arrived at 8pm after dark in Long Layu, completely exhausted.
After a days rest we walked 8 hrs to Long Budud and managed to get a motorcycle ride the next day to the border. From there we walked to Ba Kelalan where the sweet sight of the runway greeted us... it had been enough for a first walk in the jungle.
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