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Jungle Environment best techniques:

Jungle Fire: Everything is likely to be damp. Take standing dead wood and shave off the outside. Use that to start your fire. Dry bamboo makes excellent tinder (store some), so does a termites nest.

Platform or Swamp Bed

Alligator Snare

If you fall into quicksand, resist the natural instinct to kick your way out. That just separates the sand from the water, forming a very dense layer of sediment at bottom where your feet are. Instead, you need to stay calm and lean back, so you get as much of your body surface on the water as possible. That’s where the big stick can help; if you can place it under your back and perpendicular to your body, it can help you float.

Snakebite Treatment

Venomous Jungle Snakes

Protection Against Malaria

  1. Construction of lean-to
    How to select site, soil and drainage aspects.  What woods to use to set up framework; how to use irapay palm (Lepidocaryum tenue) fronds to rainproof
  2. Construction of fire
    Recognition of wood that will have hard, dry interior even when waterlogged by rainforest humidity; use of copal resin as fire starter
  3. Sources of pure water
    Immature yarina (Phytelephas macrocarpa) fruits; puca huasca vine (Doliocarpus dentatus) and cano huasca vine (Uncaria spp.)
  4. Sources of food
    Palm fruits; palm hearts from Euterpe and Iriartea genera; edible beetle grubs; legumes, especially from Inga genus; using barbasco (Lonchocarpus species) sap to stun fish; canabrava (Gynerium sagittatum) to build fish trap; tamshi vine (Carludovica devergens) to make animal snare
  5. Raft construction
    Recognition of balsa wood, tied together with tamshi vine, oar from remo caspii (Styrax acuminatum)
  6. Mosquito repellent
    Made from Nasutitermes termites
  7. Weapons
    Fishing spear from cumaceba (Cesalpina echinata); bow from cashapona (Iriartea exorrhiza), string from chambira (Astrocaryum chambira), arrowshafts from bamboo and arrowheads from cumaceba.
  8. Survival Medicines
    Venomous snakebite–piripiri leaves (Cyperus articulatus)
    Venomous insect–curarina bark (Potalia amara)
    Fever–sanango root (Sanango durum)
    Disinfectant–pichirina sap (Vismia angusta)
    Field dressing–fiber inside bark of machimango (Ceiba species)
    Antiparasitical–oje sap (Ficus antihelmintica)
    Dysentery or gastrointestinal distress–hierba luisa leaves (Cymbopogon citratus)

Water from Water Vine & Green Bamboo

Improvised Water Filter

Technique > Fire > Friction Method


* Bael fruit (Aegle marmelos)
* Bamboo (various species)
* Banana or plantain (Musa species)
* Bignay (Anti esma bunius)
* Breadfruit (Artrocarpus incisa)
* Coconut palm (Cocos nucifera)
* Fishtail palm (Caryota urens)
* Horseradish tree (Moringa pterygosperma)
* Lotus (Nelumbo species)
* Mango (Mangifera indica)
* Manioc (Manihot utillissima)
* Nipa palm (Nipa fruticans)
* Papaya (Carica papaya)
* Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)
* Rattan palm (Calamus species)
* Sago palm (Metroxylon sagu)
* Sterculia (Sterculia foeti a)
* Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum)
* Sugar palm (Arenga pinnata)
* Sweetsop (Annona squamosa)
* Taro (Colocasia and Alocasia species)
* Water lily (Nymphaea odorata)
* Wild fig (Ficus species)
* Wild rice (Zizania aquatica)
* Wild yam (Dioscorea species)


The proportion of poisonous plants in tropical regions is no greater than in any other area of the world. However, it may appear that most plants in the tropics are poisonous because of the great density of plant growth in some tropical areas.


How to Rappel a Cliff

Rope at Anchor Point

Poncho Brush Raft

Trousers as a Floating Aid


Crossing a River

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