Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bukit Lagong Exploratory Trail Run

The group went for an exploratory trail run at Bukit Lagon, Selayang on 14 January 2014, Tuesday which is a public holiday. Led by Chong YF, we traversed beyond the Orang Asli Settlement, where he stopped there during his previous recce of the location. 

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 A group photo near to the car cark

The first 2km was running on tar road passing by an orchard planted with many durian and mangosteen trees. Beyond that point, we were running on trails. After the previous evening’s rain, the ground was soft; the air was fresh and cool, superb for trail running. 

We ran and ran and ran with full energy and enthusiasm not knowing where we were heading to. We hope to see anywhere near to FRIM since Bukit Lagon is just next to FRIM, Kepong. ChongYF quipped that if we ever reach FRIM, then we may have to take a taxi back to our cars. 

Running along the Orang Asli Settlement Area

Along the way, there were many split trails and we have to set the markers for our returning journey. We also saw the paper trails set by Black Rabbit and Red Rabbit hashers groups which we tried to follow. We have to backtrack twice as we were heading to areas where the trails were faded on sight. With my Garmin GPS-enabled watch, I was paying attention of the distance that we ran. I target to return to base when we hit the 10km mark. With the backtrack, that would be a total distance of 20km. 

One of the split trails

While we were heading deep into the jungle with the disappearing trail at about 8km mark, we immediately consulted the latest technology gadget to determine our location and bearing. With a backtracking, we were able to identify the nearest and an abandon tar road. Having run for about 10 minutes, we were happy to see cars passing by at a road about 200 meters in front. On approaching the tar road, we were surprise to see our cars that were parked at the car park. We actually made a round trip to return to the starting point without having to backtrack another 8km from where we started.

We were surprise to see our cars from a distance

The group ran a distance of 8.8 km in 2 hours inclusive of time spent in looking for the right trails to emerge from the jungle. More exploratory trips are needed to ascertain whether there is a connecting trail between Bukit Lagong and FRIM.

From the map, Bukit Lagong is quite near to FRIM

Posted by KC Leong

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