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14/11/02_Trip report_Porcupine Falls loop

Herding Cats, chapter 653

A slightly unwieldy 42 hikers eventually arrived at the meeting/start point by about 15 minutes after the advertised start time, with another, Comrade V, spotted in the area on his bicycle but not managing to find the meeting point, despite a search party being sent out for him and Herr T/Frau N.  It was a portent of things to come, but with a final reminder for the large group to keep together on the network of trails, we set off at about 08.18 across the first stream crossing.

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We progressed fairly slowly, with frequent stops for waterfall viewing, photo taking, water drinking, snack eating, hat dunking, friend-waiting and therapeutic breathing.  Two hikers, Mr E and wife, decided to drop out during the steepest and least shady part of the climb, between Chiang Khian waterfall and the breezy, fallen-tree picnic bench, but after the next section the trail levelled out, the tree cover improved, and we reached cooler, slightly higher altitudes, near the hilltribe orchards.  After the normal brief bit of bushwhacking in this area we reached the trail back down again, stopped for a short snack break, then continued down to Porcupine Falls (no porcupines again) and finally, mostly along the contours, gently back across to the start point, by our various different routes.

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A reminder of Hiking Rule no 1: if you don’t know the way, follow the leader. Rule 1b adds: don’t follow the mixed group of newbies and regular miscreants who each think that someone else might know the way and we’re nearly home anyway, or (1c) wander off completely by yourself from a 5-way junction, Comrade R.  At least the punishment fitted the crime: the additional couple of kms through the barbed wire fence, across private gardens and along the hot lower road in the midday sun must have been great fun for the 30+ transgressors of rule 1.  (How can you add smug smileys with moustaches to these reports? :-{)  Mr S obviously predicted what was going to happen today and, using his knee as an excuse, waited safely and sensibly in the cafe for our return.

flutterby

After the unofficial shepherds brought their flocks back to join the well-behaved boys and girls, the long way round, with motorised assistance for two Ms Js, many retired to the nearby Neo cafe for refreshing shakes, dark beer laos and/or enormous cream-covered desserts.  Only 7 kms total distance today, up/down only about 400m, but at least 4 hours taken, some rather longer.  Hope you all had fun; I did. Thanks to all for staying together very well, almost until the end. 😉

PS: forgot to get my green neckband back from one hiker; could you give it to next Sunday’s hike leader?

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4 Responses

  1. With so many people getting lost I suspect that history has now passed me by.

  2. It’s nice to know there are so many hikers preparing to lead some group hikes in the near future.

  3. Ha ha…a very very funny report. I hope this misguided sheeps with their false prophets learned the lesson.

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