My Jungle Trekking Shoe
In Miri, it is pretty hard for you to find a one stop outdoor shop where one can get their stuff related to outdoor activities such as camping, mountain climbing and jungle trekking (just to name a few). It is quite sad to know as I believe it would be a good business to venture into having the fact that Miri is treated as a transit point to Mulu National Park, Lambir National Park, Niah National Park and many more other interesting places that offer outdoor adventures.
Prior to my research field trips, Terry and I had the difficulties of locating this sort of shop in Miri as we were looking for suitable jungle trekking shoe. Apparently, the only way for us to get the type of shoe we wanted is to go and purchase it online of which is impossible for us to do so due to time limitation.
Putting on that shoe throughout my walking journey is so comfortable (when it’s dry) but damn heavy (when it’s wet) when muds got stucked underneath it. The weight of the mud is like 5kgs of sandbag tied on both of your feet thus made you making small steps going up and down the hills. Imagine walking like that for 7 hours.
Well, I did and I survived! Same goes to the other team member. 😉
However, Terry wasn’t that lucky. He bought himself a new army boot for the trip and after the trip, the boot was totally damage. It was totally beyond repair.
Now that I know, regardless how priceless or durable look is your shoe, it will not last long when it come to mother nature. Mother nature does not only test your emotional quotient by walking through the sun and under the rain but also your damn shoe.
Despite all of that challenges, I still wanna do it again. 😉