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2021/07/04_Report_Huay Lan loop

A new barrier to the Huai Lan lake road, and the payment  of 20 baht per head, caused a little delay at the start, but soon we were cheerfully crossing the dam. All 14 of us made the ridge line with no real difficulty although some did not appreciate the stony ground. Some good view points were visited with good visibility into the distance.  Descending a stony slope to pick up lower tracks also proved difficult for some and one hiker decided not to attempt it; a capable navigator, he found his own way back to the cars. 

The fish farm was passed, Huai Ton dam visited with a great view of Doi Ton. 

 

At the start of the second ascent four hikers decided to go directly back to the cars while the rest climbed onto the ridge.  The zig zag trail becomes evident after some climbing but all these trails are gradually being reclaimed by nature due to lack of use.  Some hikers also found this second ascent very taxing, this is probably largely due to the heat and lack of water from most hikers. Thank you to those who carried more than they needed and were happy to share.  The descent and return to the cars was managed well by all. Returning to our usual roadside restaurant unfortunately too late to buy beer, but the chef did open up and provided much needed food. Plenty of cold non alcoholic beverages available to the thirsty hikers.

So, the hike proved much tougher than expected due to a very hot day and some difficult terrain. Also tackling two separate ridges with low level hiking in between appeared to be especially tiring.

Facts.  11.8km  555m ascent. 6hr 21m on the mountain. 14 hikers, 9 of whom completed both parts of the hike.

Leadership and reporting by John. Photos by Michael and Othmar

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