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I have read some of the threads here. Below is in consideration of suggestions already given.
Sorry for the length. I thought it would also help other users to have a concise thread for all needed, hence my choice of doing it in one thread.
Will land in Singapore in early April 2011, to travel to Sabah, Malaysia. Will stay partly in the city, partly in the rainforest with indigenous people for several months (hopefully all journey will last at least a year).
I'll use Sabah as a hub to visit Palawan (and more of Philippines), Thailand, Cambodia, hopefully Vietnam and any other place I can afford, if at all. Will stay both in city and rural areas where indigenous populations live, will be relying on doing volunteer work in children orphanage, elephant orphanages, working with indigenous people, etc.
Not too familiar with the geography of the region, but I know wet rainforest is one thing I will be in. If chance arrives, I do like to do some hiking up the mountains.
My purpose and I:
I am from Cyprus. Fresh graduate from visual anthropology Masters in UK. I want to extend my field experience and practice as much photography and filming as I can (filming not certain, as I do not have a video-camera yet).
I am 170 (5'7") and 65 kg (140?). Consider myself fit above average. Have a bit of experience in hiking and outdoors.
Journey is fully self funded and I am not even a student anymore= low on budget.
Gear and questions:
Will have my old Quechua backpack with probably 15-20 kg of load. it's not fully waterproof but has a mediocre raincoat. Suggestions for a better pack-raincoat? Or better to get a poncho that covers backpack?
Recently purchased a pair of Asolo Fugitives. Concerns: Gore-Tex could be good in regular travel and hiking especially in rain, but possibly be a bad choice for the forest: Breathability will be little and in longer journeys i'll walk into rivers and not sure if they will dry in-between journeys.
Am I taking them as unnecessary load? Is it better to replace them with lighter, mesh Meindl boots (Gore-Tex CXR = more breathability) or something even smaller?
Or is it good to have them when traveling with pack and in forest, and use durable Chacos sandals in other daily life?
Good to have? Any suggestions on what to look for? (GTX, etc)
CAMERA and plus:
Got my Nikon D300 for photography, with a Lowe protective camera bag, which is not waterproof. Bag has a small rainjacket. Lenses are 18-200 Nikon, and 50 prime Nikon.
Got a small netbook and external 500 gb harddisc to transfer photos and be in touch with world through a blog.
Got a Pelican Case to protect the gear when moving between locations.
I read a suggesiton of Aquatech camera coats for when using the camera. Does anyone have similar but LESS expensive suggestions to buy in Europe?
Would prefer to have a Nikon D700s for video recording as well, but can't afford it. So any suggestions on affordable video cams, that are not problematic in low light and with sound? I think it will be better not to have one with DV tapes, but instead go for digital. This is a dilemma. I know I will wish to have video but is it worth it to carry an extra electronic piece on the side of an already heavy Nikon D300?
Not taking any. I heard people are very friendly and hospitable, and I will not be left outside.
Sleeping bag and liner:
I have a basic sleeping bag from Quechua, more for warmer weather.
Silk liner: is it worth the high (35-40 GBP) cost?
Thinking of a basic, parachute-type material hammock. Any suggestions?
Will get one there.
Got Hep A and B, Typhoid, Yellow Fever for a trip to Kenya half a year ago.
Not thinking of using anti-malaria medicine, as I do not like chemicals in my body for too long. So, I think I will go for a malaria-treatment alternative in case I get it.
Have a small medi-kit for basic needs.
Quickdry, natural/synthetic pants with zips to convert them to semi and full shorts.
A fleece sweater for chilly nights.
A very light rainjacket, but also have been suggested to get a poncho when there.
Smartwool socks and equivalent in Bridgedale.
Jacket necessary? Someone suggested to have a tough jacket for walking in the forest among branches. Suggestions?
Looking for light, quickdry, UV protected shirts, or very thin and light colored linen (as already suggested).
I could go into more detail, but I think it is already quite a long msg. Thanks for reading till now.