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16/07/03_Trip report_Ban Doi Pui Buddha Footprint hike

On an overcast, rain-threatening Sunday morning 8 intrepid hikers showed up at the appointed time and place undeterred by warnings of potential leech encounters.  We set out in two cars to Ban Doi Pui and started our hike at about 08.50.

The group, minus photographer Bob K.

The group, minus photographer Bob K.

 

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Entering the forest. Photo by Bob K.

Entering the forest. Photo by Bob K.

We were lucky—overnight rains had made the trail lush and the cool weather was enjoyable to hike in.  We proceeded up the trail making several stops to view the flora and fauna; we also learned about the local geology from our resident geologist (sorry to report, you’re unlikely to find gold or other precious substances on the top of Doi Pui!).
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We took our time, walking at a leisurely pace up to the rocky “summit” at Doi Pa Kha where we stopped for a snack.  Views both east and west were blocked in by the clouds.  Nevertheless, it was quite nice.  Several people commented that it was chilly up there (how often does that happen, outside, in CM?).
We continued along the rocky ridge to Buddha’s Footprint, the westward-facing rickety viewing platform and then the smaller eastward-facing platform.  Sometimes it’s the “little” things that I marvel at, like the house-sized boulders that look like they were cleaved by a sword and the fine carpet of ferns covering them.
Deciphering the Legend (granite). Photo by Bob K.

Deciphering the Legend (granite). Photo by Bob K.

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The strangeness of the rainforest. Photo by Bob K.

The strangeness of the rainforest. Photo by Bob K.

 

Bashful young banana tree. Photo by Bob K.

Bashful young banana tree. Photo by Bob K.

Soon, we returned by the descending trail to the west.  Should I mention that after warning everyone about the trail being slippery, I was the only one to fall?  We met up with the inbound trail when it began drizzling rain and had a leisurely return to the village, arriving around 13:00. Total distance covered: 11 km.  A quick lunch of Khao Soy at the usual spot, a drive back down, and we were off the mountain by 14:20.
Oh, and not a leech in sight!
Report and hike leadership by Kurt H.
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