Let's start with myself first. I have spent several weeks at a time in the jungles of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru. In Belize, I was taught how to find water, make cordage, prepare hammocks, and what to eat (termite nests in trees, etc..). In Honduras, I accidentally cut one of my little toes on sharp coral and, after a week, noticed it wasn't healing and turning septic. I had to use additional medical supplies for a wound that should not have needed it. I have first hand experience on how wounds behave differently in the hot moist tropics. In Florida, I occasionally go hunting and fishing--I have cleaned both pigs and fish before. I have hiked in the back woods of the Florida Everglades and have hiked abroad. I have eaten some gross things (grass hoppers, termites,...) before but I am certainly no Bear Grylls--he seems to not mind it at all. I prefer to cook my food. From my experience, the Everglades and the humidity of Florida provide the same difficulties for producing a friction fire as they do in the jungle. My role is primarily a filmer and documenter but will serve a cross functional role as needed.
The expedition leader is Stephen McCullah--a biologist. He has spent time living with natives in Bolivia and Brazil. In Brazil, he has lived with a tribe for 3 months. He comes from a family of missionaries and has lived in various countries. In particular, he and his family has done missionary and humanitarian work in Nicaragua as well. In Nicaragua, he lived there for 3 years. He, like myself, has experienced the harsh jungle first hand and is an outdoorsmen.
Sam is an experienced backwoods hiker and outdoorsmen. I have been told by Stephen that he is quite the survivalist and has some amazing bushcraft tricks. Sam and Stephen are longtime childhood friends.
There are 3 other members of the expedition but I am not personally familiar with their strengths and weaknesses. One of which is an ecology expert.
Just to clarify--we have already raised enough funds to pay for the expedition. I am personally attempting to raise funds to cover the production costs of filming in the jungle for 3 months. We expect to film many hours of footage and wish to share our expedition with the world.
Edited by Joe Marrero, 14 May 2012 - 03:38 PM.