Twenty people met up in front of CenFes and took five cars out to Mae Kampong, with two motorcyclists joining us along the way. Three cars parked in the school grounds and two at the temple, from where we started hiking just before 9am, quickly splitting into two groups: 9 faster and 13 slower hikers.
The faster group walked the first, cooler, 3 kms to the ranger station near Kio Fin viewpoint in about an hour (two hikers dropped back to ‘report on progress’ to the slower group) and then pushed on past the viewpoint and SW along the ridge, passing the highest point of the day, at 1,584m after about an hour and a half.
We continued along the ridge, SW past the 1442 peak and then S until we turned off W along a very narrow trail with steep drops to the 1324 peak, where we had lunch.
After lunch we took a short but very steep bushwhacking shortcut back to the main ridge, retraced our steps for a couple of kms, and then followed the slower group’s descent back to the village, where we eventually met a few survivors, whose full story remains to be told.
Some lovely, shady ridge top walking, up above the smog. Plenty of green forest and running water, though a few burnt areas and dried-up spiky stuff too. About 13.25 kms, up/down almost 1,000m, in about 5 hours 30 mins, including lunch stop. Plus the walk between the carparks for a few of us.
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