Twenty one hikers met at the rendezvous point on what turned out to be a reasonably good hiking day, no rain, some cloud and not too hot. Although the advertised hike was a long one, some of the regulars were not able to make it due to time constraints and/or injuries and decided to do shorter hikes instead but starting from the same point. So, after deciding who was doing what, we finally had 3 groups, Peter’s group totaling eleven (on the scheduled hike), Chan’s group comprising of six (undertaking a medium hike) and Janet’s group of four (on a short hike). We all set off at 0800, a little later than planned partly due to me being a little late due to a puncture (many thanks to Janet for rescuing me!) and to getting everyone sorted out. The first 30 minutes, or so, was over easy terrain through the forest and following a stream up to a crossing point where we split up into our respective groups and went our separate ways
I’m afraid I can only give an account of the long hike from here on, so I will keep it short. We set off on the long, mainly uphill outward section of the hike, first through forest then into more open areas with some beautiful views. The rains hadn’t made much impact on the trails and so the going was good. Along the way Richard nearly trod on a snake which was in the process of devouring its prey and has identified it as a Green Keelback. After 4hrs hiking, one snack break and several short water breaks we made it to the outer limit of the loop and stopped by a small stream for lunch after which we resumed on the homeward leg which was predominantly downhill. We arrived back at the start point just before 1600 and, according to the gps, covered a distance of 24.7km with a total ascent of just over 1,000mtrs.
After cooling off a bit, those that could, joined some of the medium hike group for post-hike refreshments and to swap stories!
By all accounts a beautiful hike too covering 13km and taking 5hrs 45mins
Even less information on this except that it took 2hrs 45mins with a lovely waterfall thrown in!
My thanks to all who turned out for the hike(s) and made it a great day especially those who are/were visiting Chiang Mai, or on their first hike with the group, it was really nice to see you all and we hope to see you again soon.
Thanks too to Ging, Chan and Richard for the photos
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