Ten energetic hikers (actually nine plus one fell runner) met outside ‘CenFes’ and shared 3 cars and a motorcy out to Wat Kio Tam, from where we started hiking at 09.09. The fell runner soon left the human hikers behind. After reaching the day’s intended objective in a mere two hours, instead of the expected three, the nine hikers wondered what to do with the rest of the day and decided to continue on another 3kms to Doi Lanka Noi for lunch. On the way, we met the fell runner on his way back from DLN and en-route for Doi Lanka Luang, after which our paths did not cross, but an elaborate messaging system (involving written notes, tree branches and a car missing from the car park) assured us of his safe return. The humans arrived back at the cars before 4pm. A better than expected clear day with a nice breeze and a few clouds.
The leader’s GPS claims a total distance hiked of 199.81 kms, at an average speed of 101.17 km/h (and max speed of 6,292.86 km/h) with an altitude gain of 9,356m (max alt 6,354m, min -384m). Some have questioned the accuracy and suggested these figures applied only to the fell runner. A more-rational analysis of the data suggests a distance of 13 kms and a climb/descent of about 900m, in about 6 hrs 30 mins for the hikers.
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