Twelve adults and two juveniles turned up for what was a mercifully rain free hike. With the restaurant on the ridge temporarily closed we had to forgo the traditional pre hike coffee and we set off down the fog covered hill (the fog dispersed later in the morning).
Given the previous days rain the going was soft rather than firm, but there were no major slips. Anders’ cave was surprisingly free of bats and the guano aroma was less overpowering than on the last visit. Unfortunately our much discussed two metre cobra did not make an appearance, although hikers were treated to a lengthy description of the last encounter by the hike leader. After a snack break in the small village in the valley we meandered out way up towards the ridge on the summit. With the lower temperatures it was excellent walking weather and there were noticeably less complaints than on the last trip. After taking in the view we looped around and back down to the restaurant and car park for a total hike time of just over three hours. On Andrew’s advice we then regrouped at a fly-free river-flanked restaurant near the Queen Sirikit botanical gardens for an enjoyable lunch.
Leadership and report text by Stephen
Pictures by Ging