Power supplies for 1 trip
The road to the trail head
Our expedition intervals are set by the battery life of the camera-traps, which is about six weeks. So, every six weeks
we must service each camera: swapping out memory cards, replacing batteries, and performing any other maintenance that may be
required. Some cameras are easy to get to, and require only a couple of days hike along a well marked path. Other cameras are much
deeper in the jungle, and we must travel for several days just to reach them. On these longer trips we hire guides
and several porters just to carry our equipment. Imagine the amount of food required by eight people for eight
days. That's 192 meals! Each camera requires four D batteries, which means on a single trip we may have to bring up to 120 fresh
batteries and carry out the 120 spent cells. That's nearly 50 lbs (23 kg) of batteries!
With our packs on our backs, we head into the jungle. First, we must reach the trail head. At our most remote location
this means negotiating a steep 10.5 mi (17 km) road made mostly of thick, moist clay. The only way up is by motorcycle,
slipping and sliding the whole way. After this hour long motorcycle ride, we begin walking, first through rice paddies,
then finally entering the jungle.
Our jungle shelter
During the rainy season (November - March) it rains nearly every day from about 3 in the afternoon until 7 in the evening. So we become
accustomed to being soaked, despite all our rain gear. Fortunately, our incredibly talented guides can easily
manufacture a clothesline from jungle vines. One item we can leave at home is the tent; with a few well-placed
tree branches, the guides can create a sleeping, cooking, and clothes drying shelter tall enough to stand up inside.
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