Despite many missing (and missed) regulars, a total of 24 hikers (of at least 9 nationalities, and an age range of nearly 70 years), including welcome newbies and returners, eventually gathered together, at CenFes, joining at Bangjak Doi Saket, and finally meeting us at the hike start point at Doi Radar.
We started hiking about 08.45 and soon spread out into a long line of faster to slower hikers, enjoying the lovely cool breezes right from the start along the high-level ridge.
A ‘low road’ short cut helped most of the slower ones catch up with the ‘high roaders’ but again we started to spread out. One hiker decided he was happy to leave the rest of us to go ahead and only made it to the first flagged peak, but after an hour and a half, the main 23 had reached the highest point of the day for the first time.
After a brief snack and photo opportunity – the views were long, clear and often spectacular – 18 hikers then started a short trackless descent along the second ridge, soon finding a clear trail. Five decided to spend more time at the peak and then return to the start point earlier/independently.
The second ridge provided a new angle to view the surrounding peaks from but Thai hunger pangs soon led many of us to stop for lunch at some handy picnic tables (aka rocks), straddling the narrow ridge and providing a good view in all directions. Some Farang stomachs made it all the way to the final peak of the day before stopping. Distant eagle spotted circling.
And then we went back. Another steep climb back up to the main peak and then a long, slow, rather slippery descent back to the start, with a short, light rain shower to help keep the temperatures down. One regular hiker almost got himself lost on the way back down, but was rescued by a timely intervention from Mr O.
A wide range of finishing times, but all back by about 2pm. 5 kms (first peak), 6.8 (Thai lunch) to 7.5 kms (Farang lunch) hiked, up 400m, 650m to 700m respectively (High-roaders slightly more). Approx 5 hrs to 5 hours 30 mins for most.
Thanks to all for good company, good humour and too many good photos to publish.
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