Twenty one people (more females than males, unusually?) found the meeting point near the scout camp, a mix of regulars, returnees and new faces, arriving by car, motorbike and bicycle. Too many to get to talk to everyone but we kept together just about well enough to avoid complaints. Recent forest fires were still smouldering in places on the first leg up to porcupine falls, but the air was reasonably breathable and the paths mostly clear of ash. The second leg, more steeply uphill, was a bit of a struggle for the trainee Nepal trekker, but she made it. We had a short stop at the falls, then a snack stop at the shady top of the ridge above Huay Chiang Khian, with a fallen-tree bench, a slight breeze to cool us down, and the sound of flowing water to soothe us. Also a short break at the Chiang Khian waterfall a little lower down. Five hikers had taken a short cut on the way back down, after a slight unintended detour, and two got a little lost trying to follow them, but the majority returned to the planned route and timing, arriving back at the start just before noon.
No porcupines were harmed during the making of this hike. Mike B.
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