Weather looking OK. Let’s go!
The full 10-km Roller Coaster hike is for fitter and faster hikers but we will also offer a shorter version (5 kms) along the first half of the same route (just the coaster, without the roller?). Starting at an altitude of about 1300m, and climbing steeply up to around 1700m, it was only 22-27ºC up there on the ridge recently with lovely cooling breezes. The same weather cannot be guaranteed for Sunday but it will certainly be a lot cooler than in the city and we should have great ridge views SE to Doi Lanka Luang and NW (across the Chiangrai road) to Doi Mot/Phi Pannam.
A clear trail with few junctions and with yellow squares marking the route for those who tend to get lost easily (Mr S). Three uphill climbs (total 900m up/down) for the rollers, just one main climb (400m) for the coasters. Some narrow paths above steep drops, but no water hazards this week (unless there’s very heavy rain!). Plenty of steep ascent/descent for all. The full hike usually takes 4-6 hours in total, depending on group fitness and weather conditions. (If the high rollers make it to the second peak in no more than 2 hours and the weather’s good, some could consider going on further to the peak of Doi Lanka Luang, adding another 6 kms/3 hours/500m climb to the hike and getting back quite late. Additional water, food and precautionary head torches would be required, as would prior transport co-ordination with the coasters.)
Hike leaders: Roller Mike and Coaster Anders
Meet: in front of Central Festival Mall (route 118 side) before 07.30 am. (see map below). We will then car share out past Doi Saket for about an hour (50+ kms) and then turn right up a very narrow and steep (but surfaced) private road to a radar station compound where we will park the cars. No groups please.
- at least 2.5 litres of water/rehydration drink, energy snacks and lunch. (More if considering DLL)
- sun & rain protection, strong footwear with good grip, and stick/trekking pole(s) for steep slopes.
- long sleeves/trousers to stop stings, tick bites and thorns; (change of clothes for drive home?)
- plenty of energy, enthusiasm and good humour.
- 150 baht towards transport costs if you are a passenger.
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