On the way to the meeting point one co hike leader was hoping that with the New Year’s eve festivities and early morning light rain no one would show up. Unfortunately seven hikers had the temerity to actually turn up (in addition to the two leaders) so the hike went ahead. The rain stopped and as we ascended Doi lang, powered on by home-made cookies provided by a generous Koy, it looked as if the skies would clear. Unfortunately the rain came back and with it more mist and cloud to obscure the summit and any view. On the bright side the soft rain helped to compact the gravelly slopes on the way down, enabling the small group to complete the hike in just under four hours. Afterwards several hikers retired to the hot springs, which unfortunately was inundated with wannabe pop stars for some singing contest. Thankfully none of the hikers joined in.
Photos by Chan
Hike leadership by Stephen R and Matsu
Report by Stephen