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2018/09/02_Huay Tung Tao to Mae Nai_Pam’s Loop_Trip Report

The day dawned fair and the crowds turned out. 21 humans and 3 K9’s indeed. It was great to see several returness in the Group.

We started out on time along the well-worn trail towards Mae Nai. Familiar but enjoyable for all that, with dripping forest vegetation, lovely squelchy mud underfoot and a plethora of fascinating bugs including the impressive Oriental Oak-leaf butterfly with its’ perfect dead-leaf camouflage.

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Oriental Oak-leaf with its’ wings open. Wings-closed it closely resembles a dead leaf

On the banks of the Mae Nai stream, and to everyone’s relief, we turned our backs on the stream without crossing and started to climb up through the forest eventually emerging into a more open area of stunted trees and grassland with glimpses of hill and valley through the foliage. There were no takers for a side-trip down into the river valley to view the cascades, so we continued on to the high-point of the day, a perfect place for rest, relaxation and grazing.

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The route down is easy to follow initially, but becomes indistinct further down due to tree-fall and general vegetational exuberance. However, we made our way through with no problems and ended back on the main trail with the Group together and intact. On the way down we were reminded of the dangers and the romance of the forest, coming across some thuggish caterpillars that caused at least two walking wounded, and some very amorous beetles.

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GPS devices were unanimous in recording a hike length of 10km and an elevation gain of 300m. Time a little more uncertain due to human frailty, but in the order of 4 hours.

We arrived at our Huay Tung Tao watering-hole in good time to claim our accustomed two tables and to get our orders in before the hordes arrived. A good time was had by all.

Thanks to Jenny and Tom for the photos.

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