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16/03/27 Trip report – Mae Kampong waterfall loop

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The Group

A group of nineteen hikers gathered at the start point for the excursion into the hills surrounding Mae Kampong.  After the usual stretching, duct-taping, photos, headcount and briefing we set off, in good spirits as it was cool and the air relatively smoke free, through the village and up along the course of the waterfall.  Although there was not a lot of water at least it is still flowing which was as a nice bonus as all the waterfalls we have been to lately have all but dried up.

 

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Waterfall with water!

Onwards and, as ever, upwards the group made steady progress through a variety of landscapes until, after a fairly steep climb, we arrived at a checkpoint/viewing area where a time-out was taken for water and air.  It was then only a few hundred metres of gentle ascent before we arrived at the highest point of our hike where lunch was taken.

 

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The summit

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After lunch there was a short section of walking along a ridge before starting our descent and, once again, we had a variety of landscapes and some spectacular trees to see on the way back to the start point.

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Big tree!

We were also joined by an extra “hiker” for the return part of the hike, a friendly dog which, apparently, also joined the last time this hike was made which was about a year ago.  Some of the group met a local digging up grubs in the forest and found out that it was her dog and that it is always following visitors for the company…and food!

Once back in the village it was a matter of a quick change and to find a café for the important post-hike discussion, refreshments and food although not necessarily in that order and our thanks goes to M who very quickly found such a place.

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Post-hike refreshments

Our thanks to all who turned up for the hike making it another great day out, and thanks too to Janet, Tom and Matsu for the photos.

Stats: About 10km. total ascent 650mtrs. total time 4hrs 45mins

 

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