I spent 24 hours on an isolated tropical island beach in the middle of the Andaman Sea, practising bushcraft & survival and my newly found skill of opening fresh coconuts. Having taken a few limited supplies with me, I cooked up a feast for my one and only meal of the day which consisted of spicy chicken kebab (kebob for those on the other side of the Atlantic), steamed vegetables with chilli and foraged ginger from the north of Thailand and to go with that….sticky rice cooked in a coconut. Was it tasty? It certainly was!
The weather for my 24 hours alone was HOT, around 36 degrees Celcius (100 degrees Fahrenheit). With a little sea breeze and a couple of swims in the water, I was able to keep my body temperature down.
One of my favourite memories from the 24 hours was finding two freshly fallen coconuts—probably due to the storm a few days earlier. I was extremely grateful for those coconuts as it allowed me to try something I’d never tried before….cooking sticky rice in a coconut and coconut water. Yum-Yum! Another great memory was the sheer peacefulness and feeling of isolation. Yes, that feeling of not seeing anyone for the whole duration was something we should all try! A lot happened during that time on the beach and I didn’t always have the camera to hand to capture it. There were times that I just lay on my back looking up at the palm trees, appreciating where I was and just ‘taking it all in’.
Did I mention the friction fire? Well….I knew I’d be able to get a fire going from scratch, which is something that I have done hundreds of times, but using weathered rope for the cordage was slightly tricky as it wasn’t the most durable of materials. However, I still got the ember just before it snapping from wearing thin.
One thing that you will notice from the video is the sheer amount of plastic waste. Plastic waste has become a bit of a ‘buzz-word’ over the last few years but you soon realize how much of it there is when you visit a beach that isn’t inhabited with tourists and people cleaning the beach on a daily basis.
It was a real eye-opener. If there’s one thing I wish you all to take away from this video then it is this…..please limit the amount of plastic you use and please, please, please, RECYCLE as much of it as possible!
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