Permaculture Stacking, Food Forests

When I told people I was moving to Ecuador I said I was going to farm, when really there is more to it than that. I was going to farm using permaculture techniques. Permaculture is the practice of emulating nature to produce food, and is the most sustainable, environmental, healthy and efficient method of agriculture [...]

Machaca, Man-Killing Moth

In the rainforests of Ecuador you hear about all sorts of amazing animals and fantastic legends. There are bullet ants so-called for their sting feels like you have been shot, and the indigenous Shuar tell a story of an incestuous pregnancy giving birth to a horde of caterpillars. Some of these charismatic animals become central [...]

Tropic Pollinators, Discerning Sex Partners

The drive to have sex is greater for many organisms than life itself. Innumerable fish swim up rivers to spawn, eusocial (hive) insects take to the air and spiders brave the wrath of the female, all dying in one way or another from mating. Individuals do not pass on their genes by living the longest [...]

The Good Intent of Deforestation

"To teach about sustainable farming practices such as permaculture, or the environment, biodiversity, so-on-and-so-forth. My problem with this is - although it may do some good - it's addressing the effect rather than the cause. Cutting rainforest is the effect of an impoverished community."

How I met the Shuar

Below is Juis Chuim. He is a 73 year old Shuar elder. Because of me he slept a night like this. Let me explain. I was making a third attempt at summiting a mountain I had coveted, the previous times the problem being unable to access on the approach. On this last attempt I noted [...]

12 Tips for Jungle Hammock Camps

A combination of people asking me questions and people not asking questions when they should have, has prompted me to write this article. Experienced temperate campers sometimes fail to adapt to jungle and/or hammock conditions aderquatly. The following are 12 key factors to consider: 1) "Widow makers” is a term I was taught for branches [...]