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Handbook for Survival in the Rain Forest

How to prepare to enter the Rain Forest


Until now we have only referred to emergency cases but there will be opportunities when you have to enter the Rain Forest or "Monte" as the locals call it and you will need to be adequately prepared for such occasions and have some knowledge of things that are important in order to enter the "Monte".

You have to consider taking along some necessary things to walk in the Rain Forest such as a machete, which is indispensable, since you will be using it to open trails and it will also serve you for blazing the trail and thus avoiding getting lost or to unnecessarily walk in circles.

Apart from the machete you should use rubber boots instead of sneakers or shoes since you should always consider the possibility that you have to cross a swampy or wet area. They are also useful in the sense that you can fold the bottom of your pant legs into the sleeves of the boots and thus you will be better protected against insects biting you or crawling into your boots. The rubber boots will also protect you against any snakes biting you in the ankles since most snakes crawl on the ground except for the so called "loro machaco" which is a very venomous green tree viper and which will normally be found hanging in the intermediate branches of the trees in the Rain Forest.

A very important detail is the occasions when for any reason you have to take your boots or shoes off and leave them on the ground. Before putting them back on it is very important that you shake them out holding them up side down, since insects or other animals and even snakes may have crawled in there. They same goes if you are preparing to stay overnight and take your boots off, do not leave them on the ground, but rather leave them hanging from small pegs at an approximate height of 30 centimetres from the ground. (See Drawing 5 a)

hang your boots from small pegs at an approximate height of 30 centimetres from the ground

Drawing 5 a

Whenever possible use gloves and long sleeved shirts since, as in the case of the boots, when you introduce your shirt sleeves into the glove, you will be protecting your arms from insect bites. The gloves will also protect your hands from being cut by thorny bushes and sharp edged leaves.

Matches are very useful to take with you when walking in the Rain Forest and even better is to bring along a lighter, since it will not get damp. Carrying a compass will help you keep the course and a good bush knife (apart from the machete) is always useful in there.

Your clothing should be loose fitting but not excessively so since it might be caught in the branches and thorny bushes. Always make sure to make a custom of shaking them out well before putting them on in order to avoid any insects or other animals that may have hidden out in there.

Always consider taking a few extra rations of food with you, to last you at least double the time you have planned on being in the Rain Forest or Monte. Also always carry with you a double ration of water.

A long piece of rope will also be very useful to take along. It can be used for making snares to trap animals and it will also be useful to allow you to pass difficult passages like when crossing ravines, etc.




Introduction
General Information
How to determine
your position
Auxiliary signals
for air rescue
How to prepare to
enter the Rain Forest
How to get around
in the Rain Forest
How to build a shelter in the Rain Forest
Search for water
and food
Dangers within the
Rain Forest
How to ford a water course
How to act during
a thunderstorm
How to act when encountering natives
Snake bites. Prevention
Insect bites
 
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