I recently organized an extremely interesting field recording trip to the Amazon rainforest. Longer blog post and sound effects library are in the works, but before I do that I want to share a few basic bushcraft skills required for field work in the jungle. Since I’m just learning I will let our guide Julio talk about it. He’s been living in the rainforest for several decades and his experience proved invaluable for us. Check out the video and comment if you have any questions or suggestions:
This is the first episode in a planned series on general fieldcraft and survival skills aimed at media professionals working in demanding or exotic environments. While my focus is going to be field sound recording, these tips easily translate to other areas like photography, video work, research and even responsible tourism. I will try to touch on conservation and sustainability aspects as well.
I will soon put together a video focusing on technical aspects of field work in similar environments. Feel free to comment on this video or blog post if you have questions about it and I’ll try to answer them in the next video.
I’m in the process of organizing a more ambitious expedition to the Amazon rainforest. I will post on the Expeditions page as I work out the logistics. As usual, it will be limited to 6 to 8 sound recordists so feel free to get in touch if you’re interested in joining us. 4 people have already expressed their interest in joining and it works on a first come - first served basis.
Lastly, these are Julio’s contact details in case you want to get in touch with him directly. He’s out with tourists in Eastern Peru all the time so he might not reply instantly:
Julio Mamani Yana
jungleexperience [at] outlook [dot] es
+51 989 070322
The video was shot on location at Las Piedras Amazon Center in Eastern Peru: https://conservetheamazon.org/las-piedras-amazon-center. More about the LPAC in a future blog post.
*Disclaimer: there's a decent chance you'll be bitten, stung or otherwise affected by wildlife in the rainforest. Most bites and stings are just painful and most visits are trouble-free though. Take all necessary precautions and hire a guide if you decide to travel to exotic or extreme locations.