Independent Adventurer


“there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” – William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2. Mysterious Jungle Caverns Location: Malaysia

An acrimonious meeting of man and serpent, resulting in a >6hr evacuation covering 286km by stretcher, boat, and Helicopter. Patient treated with pressure immobilisation utilising Sam Splints and Vetrap within 6 minutes of the bite. Released from hospital after observation with no clinical signs of envenomation.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted… Read More

“For the first time I realized the terrifying vastness of the Malayan Jungle. In every direction there were tree-clad hills, peak after peak and ridge after ridge, purple at first, then violet and blue, fading at last into the paler blue of the distance.”  – F. Spencer Chapman D.S.O, The Jungle Is Neutral, 1949. Location: Borneo, standing at the head of a great fallen tree which hung out over the gully and offered… Read More

“Go as a pilgrim and seek out danger far from the comfort and the well lit avenues of life. Pit your every soul against the unknown and seek stimulation in the comfort of the brave. Experience cold, hunger, heat and thirst and survive to see another challenge and another dawn. Only then will you be at peace with yourself and be able to know and to say; I look down the farthest… Read More

“Going up that river was like traveling back to the earliest beginnings of the world, when vegetation rioted on the earth and the big trees were kings. An empty stream, a great silence, an impenetrable forest. The air was warm, thick, heavy, sluggish. There was no joy in the brilliance of sunshine. The long stretches of the waterway ran on, deserted, into the gloom of overshadowed distances… And this stillness of life… Read More

After a long day in the jungle, having a comfortable place to sit is a huge boost to morale. A crazed look and pasty white complexion are the mark of a man who has spent too much time in the jungle. Location: Borneo Jungle Chair by

  Location: Borneo Photographer: Petri