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. 

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 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. 

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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. 

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Posted by KC Leong

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.

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 (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.

Posted by KC Leong

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.

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 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

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Gunung Angsi Hike

Hiking at Gunung Angsi on Saturday, 14 April 2018 ... After the previous day's afternoon heavy rain, the ground was damp; the weather on that day was still overcast, superb for outing. My previous hike at Gunung Angsi with RHB Bank colleagues was on 15 Dec 2013, a lapse of almost four years (click here for photos). 

The collection of RM5 registration fees at the ranger office within Ulu Bendol recreational park still applies. The visible improvement is the directional markers at fixed interval along the trails leading to the peak. Gunung Angsi is a nice mountain to hike: not too difficult; one can relax in the stream when returning to the trail head; ample car parking space under shade; toilet facilities; choices aplenty for restaurant food in the nearby Seremban town.

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 Group photo at Ulu Bendol recreational park
 Dphany with the confident pose, while ChongYF just walked into the water testing his trail shoes
 The big yellow-earth boulders obstacle course
 Michelle in action climbing up the boulders
 Group photo at the peak of Gunung Angsi
 Shu-Lin posing with the sign post
 Directional marker lining the entire trail to the peak of Gunung Angsi
 Nice stream for relaxation within the Ulu Bendol recreational park
 Sumptuous late lunch at Seremban Seafood Village restaurant (more food not served yet)
Buying of famous Seremban siew pao at Siew Pao Asia/Master. Well, within our group, we have to line up too. We wanted to go for the famous chendol in Seremban but it was closed.

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Sunday, April 08, 2018

Apek_Saga Hills Watergate

Hiking at Apek_Saga hills to water-gate on Saturday, 7 April 2018 ... Started at Apek hill, this is an extended trail that connects back to Saga hilltop. Round trip was 14km that took five hours with challenging uphills and downhills. The rain before the start of the hike did not dampen our enthusiasm. Special thanks to Leng and Chai for leading the group.

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Group photo at Station 1
 At the water-gate area
 Dphany and Germaine having some twisting exercise at Saga hill station
Final group photo at Saga hill station 

Posted by KC Leong

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Bintang Hill Night Hike on chor 15

The group hiked up to Bintang Hill (near to Desa Parkcity, Kuala Lumpur) in celebrating the chap goh mei (2 March, last day of CNY 2018) -- hikers style.

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Posted by KC Leong