With the expedition complete, Koh Rong Samloem surveyed and the documentary filmed, it is about time we reflect on the positives and negatives of this year’s trip and start to prepare for the next.
This preliminary expedition was always going to be challenging for numerous reasons, such as understanding the topography and overall length of the island. Furthermore, the robustness of our methodology was tested as we had to modify it to fit the changing environment and habitat which was on Koh Rong Samloem. All of the obstacles faced will help to improve next year’s expedition as our knowledge of the area has increased and thus we can improve the methodologies used for surveying.
The expedition was tough but also full of great highs. It was amazing to be a part of an enthusiastic group of students who planned and executed an expedition of this level with minimal outside help.One great memory was when we were travelling on the ferry to the island, Ben let out a huge sigh of relief when, at last, after 9 months of planning, Koh Rong Samloem came into view. My favourite moment came when we were in the jungle in search of monkeys that were calling in the distance, when suddenly a herd of water buffalo came charging through the forest; needless to say I’ve never seen people move behind trees so fast!
Now the hard work starts for ‘Expedition Samloem 2014’, lead once again by Ben Toulson. For next year’s trip, we are hoping to strengthen the connections made and make significant improvements on methodologies and logistical aspects of the expedition.
Thank-you very much for all those that supported us this year, we are currently collating data and planning the distribution of Indiegogo gifts.