Sunday, June 17, 2018

Bukit Kiara and Waterfall

Trail run at Bukit Kiara on Sunday, 17 June 2018 ... Led by Kelly Hoh, the trail run was delayed to start at 7:40 a.m. due to continuous rain, and ended the outing at 12:25 p.m. with a total time of 4 hr 45 min. We were in the drizzle for two hours. 

Being a long-distance trail runner, Kelly Hoh led the team traversing to those tough trails: Tokong Trail, Iron Window Trail, Pencala link, Hilltop trail, Kampung house in Segambut dalam (which is now flatten for construction), Container Trail, Jamban Trail, Prison Trail, and then to waterfall. Thanks to Kelly Hoh for leading the pack; we truly enjoyed the run.

Do CLICK HERE to view photos courtesy of David Ong (during wet condition using a Sony Cybershot waterproof camera).

Do CLICK HERE to view photos courtesy of yours truly, KC Leong. 

 At Hilltop trail area (overlooking the entire construction site)
Kampung house in Segambut dalam is now a construction site ... Elsie, Kelly Hoh, Stephanie, Phoebe
 (left) PK Chan, David Ong, Stephanie, LeeWY, Elsie Liew, ChongYF, Phoebe, Kelly Hoh, Alvin, Vince Khor; not in the photo: KC
 At the smaller waterfall of Bukit Kiara
 Enjoying ourselves at the bigger waterfall of Kiara Hill
Credit to Kelly Hoh for leading the pack traversing the many trails of Bukit Kiara

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Setia Alam Community Forest Trail Run

With Jack Oh as Team Lead, we did a trail run at Setia Alam Community Forest (SACF of Shah Alam) on Friday 15 June 2018 – first day of Hari Raya holiday. 

Started at Entrance A at 7:15 a.m., the group went through the following trails: MOU trail, The Wall, Sapu Tangan trail, Station C, Station B, Station B1, Sapu Tangan Peak (with a huge wooden tower), Station A, Taman Bukit Bayu, Lake, connect back to Station B; and returned via the Sapu Tangan trail for a total duration of 4 hours.

Do CLICK HERE to view photos courtesy of yours truly, KC Leong.

 Group photo at Entrance A of SACF of Shah Alam ... (back, left): Jack Oh, Wendy Chiam, Bee, Ivy Wong, Phoebe, Stephanie, George Siew, Joyce Teo;
(front): LeeWY, Rebecca Wong, Dphany, Miki Cheah, Lana, Christy, Voon Lee, ChongYF, PK Chan.

The trails were nice to run with uphill and downhill that balanced with long stretch of flat terrain. Overall it was a good trail run. 

The group then went for a delicious lunch at the famous bak kut teh in Klang. We then adjourned for coffee drinks but the shop was not opened on a holiday; we have rojak and ais kacang drinks instead.
 Vertical levitation pose at The Wall
 A few of such resting areas at Sapu Tangan trail
 Can have a mini lectures here in the jungle
 The huge wooden tower is in a deplorable condition that visitors are not allowed to climb up the structure
 At the far end of the lake
 At the end closer to Station B
hmmm ... the Klang bak kut teh is excellent !!

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Gunung Nuang via Janda Baik

From the daily rain until 1 Jun 2018 where we were forced to cancel our Pine Tree Trail hike at Fraser's Hill due to landslide, the weather suddenly changed to dry period, and it has not been raining for one week. So a week before the coming Hari Raya long holidays and a dry period seemed to be a good time to hike in this trail again.

Do CLICK HERE to view photos courtesy of yours truly, KC Leong.

 The standard instruction before the start of any hike ... take group photo

I like it when the hike was according to plan: we hiked to the peak in 3 hours (the slowest arrived in 4 hours), relaxed at the waterfall, returned to trailhead 30 minutes ahead of schedule, and we have a good dinner this time in rewarding ourselves for a good hike amid good camaraderie.
The first obstacle course at the trailhead

The previous hike via Janda Baik was on 18 July 2015 during the Hari Raya long holidays – almost three years ago. I could still remember vividly that the group returned to trailhead carpark at 6pm. We drove excitedly to the Chinese restaurants in Kampung Bukit Tinggi, and we were surprised that all were packed to the brim. And we could not have a nice dinner.

Trail head GPS ... in Google Maps, type "Starting Point Gunung Nuang via Janda Baik" as search key.
 After the plantation area, the jungle trail has now turned into a wide gravel road (even a bulldozer can reach here)
  Bold act by MK Ganesan ... The favourite and adorable squirrel at Nuang peak
 Group photo at Nuang peak with the famous signature tree
 Having a dip in the cold water ... Karen, Hooi Miin, Lana, Freddy, Jack Oh
 A nice waterfall 
 Lana and Mandy ... Mandy is from India working in an IT company in Kuala Lumpur
Delicious and sumptuous early dinner in Kampung Bukit Tinggi

Do CLICK HERE to view photos in the previous hike on 18 July 2015.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Gunung Liang Day Hike

Gunung Liang East and West on Saturday 19 May 2018 ... Team Lead for this trip was Leng; this was my second hike to Gunung Liang. 

We started the hike at 6:15 am. On the average, it took 6 hours to arrive at the peak, and 4 hr 15 min to return to carpark. Round trip was almost 12 hours. 

Do CLICK HERE to view photos courtesy of yours truly, KC Leong.

 At the river crossing ... Happy faces to have come thus far; (left) May Lim, Caryn Ng, Josephine Lee , Alice Wong, Lily Goh ... Sum Chow, VP Chin
 The second group photo ... total group size is 27 hikers

It was cloudy the entire day with sign of impending rain but did not manage to rain at Gunung Liang areas. It turned out to be a good day for hiking. The ground was wet after the previous day's rain. And the lower ground before the river crossing was infested with leeches – almost all were attacked by leeches. At the campsite next to the river crossing, that area was also full of leeches. The river crossing was simple with low water level. Unlike my first trip, after descending from peak, we were stuck for two hours trying to cross the river with rising water level. Do click here to read.
 Claudia crossing the river with LimHY stabilising the rope

With the puasa month, there were only a few other hikers other than our group. 

Due to the long distance and the different pace of the hikers, we hiked in different groups. Most of the time, LimHY and I were with Alice Wong, Amy, Josephine, May Lim, Caryn Ng and Claudia.

The terrain is quite similar to Gunung Nuang from Pangsoon: the first level before the river crossing was undulating but not much elevation gain; the second level arriving at Camp 7E was a gradual climb; and the third level to the peak was much steeper climb that required both hands to pull one up. 
 At Camp 7E ... the is the only piece of flat land before the steep ascent to the peak
 At Liang East peak ... LimHY, SC Yong, Dr Kogulan
 LimHY and KC Leong ... The scenery of the peak is unique: Liang East is the normal peak with a small clearing; but Liang West, just 10 minutes away, is totally of different landscape. 
 The mossy forest of Liang West
At Camp 7E while returning from the peak ... Amy, Josephine, May Lim, Caryn Ng, Claudia

One effective way to ward off leeches which I have tested: wet and rub 999 Chlorophyll Soap on to the hiking shoes. The soap provides a slippery layer for the leeches to cling on. With the chemical contains in the soap, leeches that climb on to the shoes are rendered inactive that can be easily deflect by using a stick. 

Do CLICK HERE for my first trip at Gunung Liang.

Posted by KC Leong

Saturday, May 12, 2018

A New Beginning Hike

Apek Hill hike on Saturday, 12 May 2018 ... This morning, there were a few groups of hikers gathered at the trailhead of Apek Hill for hiking: Leng and Tony' group, Elaine's group, and KC and ChanHN's group. Everyone was in a joyful mood with the change of a new government headed by Tun Dr Mahathir after GE14. Most of us hiked via the extended trails passing by the water-gate. This would be my fourth time hiking at the extended trails since April 2018. 

Do CLICK HERE to view photos courtesy of yours truly, KC Leong.

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Sunday, May 06, 2018

Apek-Saga Extended Hike

Hiking Apek-Saga hills via extended trails on Saturday, 5 May 2018 ... Round trip was about 5 hours covering a distance of about 12km. For a standard pace of hiking up 5 challenging uphills, from start to the junction joining Saga trail took 3 hours. The extended trail is good for training with a varied of topography: uphill, downhill, flat areas all within a compressed terrain.

Do CLICK HERE to view photos courtesy of yours truly, KC Leong.

 (Back, left): CK, PK Chan, SC Yong, Kogulan, ChanHN, Sherynn Ong, Adrian Foo, Elaine Lee, Lana, KC; (front): Hooi Miin, TehWE, Bee, Michelle Wong, Jeffrey, Elsie, and Rozy the cute and friendly dog.
 At the giant tree
 Passing by water-gate area
 A group photo at Saga Hilltop station with the other group who started almost at the same time
Adjourn to a famous steam fish restaurant at Jalan Manis, near to Cheras Leisure Mall. Food is yummy and reasonable price.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Apek-Saga Extended Trails

Apek-Saga hills hiking via extended Ah Meng trails on Saturday, 21 April 2018 ... We passed by a big tree, water-gate, Saga hilltop station, and Apek hill Station 6. From start to Saga hilltop station is about 3 hours hiking through two long uphills and two shorter ones; round trip is about 5 hours covering a total distance of about 13km. At Saga hilltop station, there is even a Nature Refuel Station that sells soft drinks, hot drinks and massage service that ease tired muscles.

Do CLICK HERE to view photos courtesy of yours truly, KC Leong.

 Group photo before the start of hike with Roxy, a cute and loyal Rottweiler of Elsie
 The big tree 
 Passing by the water-gate
 Arriving at Saga hilltop refueling station ... Lana, Elsie and Jamie 
At Saga hilltop station ... (front, left) LeeWY, Karen Yeoh, Bee, Elsie, Jamie, Lana; (back) George Siew, Michelle Wong, KC.

Posted by KC Leong