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Camping, sleeping in hammocks in tall trees in the middle of deep forests

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Wild camping is a rare game in Vietnam, players can also sleep in hammocks in forest trees, face many dangers but increase experience and survival skills.

Unlike glamping - camping with amenities to help players relax and enjoy - bushcraft camping (wild camping) is a survival camping activity in the natural environment. Bushcraft camping usually takes place in forests, where there are few human footprints. Players rely on nature to find food and drink, find their own place to sleep and always be alert to what nature will bring.

To survive in the forest, in addition to building shacks and camps with natural materials, players can also sleep in hammocks in trees at a height of tens of meters. This activity requires many skills to ensure safety, not everyone can experience. In return, participants get the experience of swaying in the middle of mountains and forests, listening to the sounds of nature, enjoying a different feeling from sleeping in concrete rooms in the middle of the city.

As an avid jungler and wildlife camper, Mr. Nguyen Duc Binh, Hai Duong, often chooses the forests in Tuyen Quang, Hoa Binh, Ha Giang areas to experience bushcraft camping.

His last trip was on February 14-17 at Cham Chu mountain, Tuyen Quang province. Before this trip, he spent a year learning about Arborist or Tree care. "The worker uses protective equipment, climbs tall trees to prune branches," he explained.

The skills Binh learned from climbing, how to get hammocks in trees, and protect trees were applied during the last trip. During this trip, Mr. Binh's group was stuck in a hammock sleeping in a tree 40 meters above the ground.

Before the trip, Mr. Binh surveyed the destination twice, a few months in advance. The purpose of the survey trip is to choose a suitable location, with a water source, with tall, straight trees, suitable for hammocking. He then learns about his surroundings, searches for edible plants, fruits, vegetables, tubers and checks for reptiles, venomous insects or wild animals that may live nearby.

Suitable spots are usually deep in the forest, where there are many old trees, near streams. In the last survey, he selected a tree with a height of about 45 m, the diameter of the stump is equal to the hug of two people.

Before departing, he and his team members calculated the number of equipment to carry to optimize weight because in the forest mainly walking, quite laborious. This time, the equipment of the delegation was contained in two backpacks, with a total weight of about 55 kg.

On February 14, the group rode motorbikes to Cham Chu Mountain and walked to the location Mr. Binh had chosen. The distance from the foot of the mountain to the tree is about 10 km, of which 5 km is traveled by motorbike. With the remaining walking distance, equipment is divided equally among the members of the carry.

The four members took nearly 3 hours to clean up, preparing the space under the tree before getting into a hammock.

After having space, a crew member will wear nail shoes, wear specialized tree vines to climb high, Find a suitable place to attach the rope to the branch, arrange additional attachment points for the climber later. After that, some members on the ground will climb up to join the hammock.

The group is divided into two groups, one on the ground to support, the other above will drag tents, hammocks and necessary supplies to the top of the tree.

Some basic tools include vines, seat belts, keychains to connect wires to devices, arrestor locks for convenient up and down movement. This trip, Mr. Binh used a specialized foreign tent because Vietnam currently does not have this type.

When rising out of the forest canopy, in front of Mr. Binh is an airy, large, light-filled space with the green color of the sprawling mountains and forests. Compared to the trees less than 25 meters tall he had climbed before, the distance of 40 meters on this trip gave him a sense of satisfaction when "sleeping in the middle of the jungle".

In the evening, Mr. Binh climbs to the top of the tree, turns off all the lights and feels the wild, primitive beauty of the forest. Above "you can clearly hear the sounds that echo in the jungle and with the sound of insects chirping," he said.

Although it helps to satisfy exploration and adventure, at this altitude, players face more risks than camping underground. Some incidents can be life-threatening such as breaking vines, breaking branches, encountering beehives.

Mr. Binh noted that players should pay special attention to the weather, rainy days are quite dangerous for climbing trees. If you go to the forests in the North, players should go in winter, dry weather, not encounter erratic rain and wind like summer.

Beginners should spend time carefully learning about the manipulations of using equipment, safety rules, learning about survival skills such as self-first aid, distinguishing poisonous animals and plants.

In addition to learning through online forums and videos, players need to practice many times from a low level to draw experience for each situation. In case the mentality is not strong enough, players should go camping in groups or go with experienced people. If you go to places where there is no phone signal, you need to have a plan to leave the location and coordinates for relatives and friends. Always carry first aid equipment with you in case of emergency.

Each forest will have its own ecosystem, which needs to rely on the environment there to search for food. On the way, players need to observe if there are any edible plants such as vegetables, convex leaves, palm cores, banana flowers, forest clouds, green moss in the stream. Some animals that can be caught in the forest are stream fish, crabs, rock snails, frogs, mice.

To ensure the amount of food, each group usually limits the number of members to less than 10 people. Mr. Binh especially noted that before planning, players should notify and be allowed by forest rangers to enter the forest, commit not to hunt rare animals or cut or destroy precious trees in the forest.

Due to having to meet many skills, knowledge, physical strength and high risk, this type of camping is not popular in Vietnam. Participants in addition to the above factors need to have finance to buy a variety of equipment and equipment as well as "play", accept dangers and find ways to survive in the deep forest, without electricity, water, phone waves or the Internet.

According to VnE

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