A total of nineteen hikers turned up for this romp. First-time hike-leader Mr S organized an impeccably tight car convoy out to the the Mon Jaem (alias Moncham) start point, from where we began the hike at about 8.30am. The going was soft to firm from overnight rain but thankfully not muddy (in most parts) and the faster hikers reached the two viewpoints in about forty minutes. We enjoyed the panoramic views and had an early snack break.
During today’s relatively short hike, some of us lingered, picking up bits of trash along the way using bags supplied by co-leader Mr M. Four local children were also recruited to join in this strange farang practice of collecting rubbish and were rewarded with sweets, crispy fish and a photo opp with the hiking group.
Restarting together, we proceeded down the hill to the bushwhacking section where, surprisingly, no one got lost, although Mr A did depart on a short and disappointingly unproductive exploration side trip.
Toward the end, while the rubbish-pickers fell back again, the lead group of six found a worthwhile addition to the traditional route of this hike: a pleasant and picturesque diversion through a vineyard (no wine on sale, unfortunately) and a village populated by curious children and indifferent adults and dogs.
Everyone arrived back at the start point safe and accounted for, with most adjourning to the restaurant on the opposite ridge. At just over three hours it was not a particularly strenuous hike but with good views, environmental virtuousness, and jolly company quite a pleasant one.
The hike leaders thank MikeHike for helping them organize it. <editor: you’re welcome – thank YOU!>
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