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18/10/14_Trip report_Dragon Peak loop

I’ll let the photos do most of the reporting, for which many thanks to the two photographers. All went according to plan, except for a minor detour down a previously unnoticed ridge trail running diagonally between our up and down routes. After repeated recounts, we finally decided that we must have had 25 human hikers, who took about 4.5 hours to complete the 9 km loop (up/down about 650m). A nice reunion for some regulars and returners, with a few newbies too.

Service in the coffee shop was not up to their usual standards, unfortunately for some perhaps-still-hungry hikers. Thanks to some of our Thai members for assisting with the confusion, and also to the drivers for helping to reduce the number of vehicles we took.

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18/10/07 Trip report Wat Doi Suthep to Ban Khun Chang Khian and back

A total of seventeen hikers and one K9 turned out on what was a rather misty/smoky morning down at the arboretum.  Higher up, at the start point, the air was clearer but Chinag Mai was completely obscured which was a bit of a disappointment for 2 of the group who were on a short visit to the city.  That aside, the group set off and once into the forest we were met with a number of fallen trees and other storm damage which made progress a little interesting at times but did not slow down the group too much.  Regular stops were made to regroup and take on water and a longer snack break was taken at 5-way-junction, which is now missing its large conifer tree, another victim to this seasons storms.  From here it was a relatively easy hike along the dirt road and up into the village where refreshments were had at the café/restaurant but, still no views!

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Snack break at 5-ways

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Café at the village

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One of two resident café cockerels

The group split into two for the return leg, 5 hikers taking an alternative route, which went directly back to the arboretum, while the remaining 12 + K9 elected to retrace its earlier steps.  Whilst there was not much to see in the way of vistas the forest, as ever, had plenty to offer.  We did not encounter the wasps mentioned in the comments of the previous post but it has been over 4 months since they were encountered and have, obviously, found somewhere else to live!

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The 12+K9 group made it back to the start point for a total hike time of about 5hrs and retired to a restaurant for the post-hike refreshments and the Alternative group arrived at the arboretum for a total time of about the same.

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Stats for those interested; the there-and-back group 19kms, 800mtrs and for the alternative group no info available but probably a few kms more and 600mtrs more descent (but we don’t count that!).

Thanks to all who turned up and making it another great day, special thanks to Busakorn for the photos and MM for the initial post and in-hike assistance.

18/09/30_Trip report_Porcupine Falls Loop

Not much to say about this regularly-repeated hike; all went as planned and described in the previous post, except that the rain never appeared. Sixteen hikers, nice group, including one newbie and a few returners. The usual fast vs slow discussions. Plenty of water in the streams and falls.  Thanks to Comrade R and Pgb for leadership assistance and to Mr B for these photos; will add more if anyone sends any. No porcupines again.

Sorry to hear about Mr H’s car accident on the way to the hike which prevented him joining us.

2018/09/23_Mae Nai/ Mae Sa Valley Loop_Trip Report

20 hikers and one K9 joined at 700P and a further hiker joined at the start point.

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It was a beautiful morning and the uphill section into the forest was completed steadily in ideal hiking conditions. All manner of flowers and little beasties were encountered as we hiked through lovely forest scenery, spiced up by some impressive stands of huge straight-trunked forest trees.

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The route had been pretty much tied down during a prior reconnaissance, with the exception of a section approaching the Mae Sa stream. The obvious way forward leads through the Elephant Camp and though we had got away with 2 persons passing through in mid-week, we did not want to take the chance of 21 hikers confronting an elephant on a busy Sunday. Thus we had decided beforehand to look for a trail used by the group in the past that by-passes the elephants.  This turned out to be vegetationally-challenged by wet season growth, with grasses at chest height (and head-height for some). Nevertheless Peter did a sterling job with the aid of his GPS and the group reached the Mae Sa stream on-trail with only one slight glitch.

Once at the stream we stopped for a break. This was a section of rock pools and small cascades just above the highest of the Mae Sa waterfalls and was an ideal place to bathe, graze and generally relax. The water flow was quite high, possibly due in part to elephants evacuating upstream.

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Not only the humans enjoyed a dip in the stream

One of the group left us at this point to make his own way home. The rest of us went a little further along a level trail before plunging down a steep slope into the valley below, where we joined a good trail along the water’s edge. Some of us turned left (upstream) and climbed up onto the lower part of a waterfall, from where we espied our departing comrade passing over to the other side to join the hordes of tourists (well 2 anyway).

The way back is downstream along a fairly level trail that becomes gradually more elevated above the steeply-descending stream. The trail follows on through more beautiful forest, before reaching some scrubby farmland and finally the well-manicured gardens of the swank suburbs of Mae Nai.

Statistics record hike length 10 km, total elevation gain of 350m and an elapsed time of 3 hours 40 minutes. The early finish had two benefits, we avoided being caught in the open during the hottest time of the day and there was plenty of time to make the Nong Frook restaurant while the beer was still flowing.

Nong Frook is perfect for apres-hike refreshment, offering large trestle tables, attentive service and a widely varied menu.

Thanks to Tom, Janet and Nadda for the photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018/09/16 Report Huay Jo Rocky Mountain Loop

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Although the weather was fine at 0600, when the update was sent out, it had all changed by 0620 and, as a result, most of us got a bit wet going to the rendezvous point.  However, ten hardy souls set off from Ruamchok at the appointed time under a veil of cloud, in good spirits, slightly damp but no rain and, as we neared the start point it started to brighten up a bit and we were greeted by a lovely tranquil scene when we arrived.  We could have stayed there all day but there was a hike to be done so, once the trail was located, it was up into the forest and the first uphill of the day.  After about 20 minutes we took a ridge trail for a while and descended into a valley where a water break was taken.  The clouds had cleared by now and the temperature, as forecast, was rising but the shade from the forest kept it a bit cooler.  The next two hours were a mixture of uphill and small ridges which we took at a steady pace and took regular breaks for whatever reason.

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Lunch was taken at about the half-way point and everyone was happy to know that most of the uphill was over as it was getting quite hot now, even in the shade.  Fed and watered the last uphill section was cleared and the mainly gentle homeward ascent began.  It was around here that some of the group were lucky enough to spot some monkeys up in the trees, a very rare sight for the group, lets hope they are left in peace to flourish.  Unfortunately they were too far off and too quick to get a photo but other forest life did pose for the camera.

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A spider with her eggs

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Not just a leaf, a stick insect too

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Some hikers trying to blend in with the surroundings

The only down side of this hike is that there the trail comes out on to the road at the opposite end of the lake so there is a 1km hike along the road at the end, still it does improve the appetite for the post-hike refreshments.  Some of the group decided that they would go for a swim, to the amusement of the many fishermen and their families.  Post-hike refreshments were taken at a popular restaurant on the edge of Mae Jo and a good time was had by all.

Many thanks to all who came on the hike, had a great day.

Special thanks to Bussakorn for the photos.

For those who are interested distance 17.6km, total ascent 700mtrs in 5hrs 20mins

2018/09/17_Report_Ban San Lom Choi short forest loop

There were only two for this short hike. A dark cloud and shower in the early morning might have deterred some, but – as so often happens – the the cloud lifted, and sunshine rather than rain penetrated the forest canopy. Beginning behind Wat Pong Noi, the main part of our walk was a triangle with a short base. We ascended 250 metres in 2km and an hour, and then descended the same distance on another path in about 40 minutes. The total hiking time was slightly over two hours, and we relaxed afterwards in a coffee shop before returning to our respective homes for lunch.


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Hike initiation and reporting by Michael

2018/09/09_Ban Pha Nok Kok Ridge_Trip Report

Woke at 05.00 to the patter of raindrops on the roof, which quickly turned into a roar. A heavy early morning downpour, not normally a good sign. However, the rain stopped and although the cloud sat low over Doi Suthep and the weather forecast was iffy, it seemed like a worthwhile punt.

Under the circumstances there was a reasonable turn-out of 11 humans and 2 K9’s. We set off in 3 vehicles and arrived in the village one hour later. The amount of parking space has been cut in half by a new parade of shops along one side of the square. 3 vehicles were fine, the 9 we had on the New Year’s Eve hike would have been a tight fit this time!

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View from the village before setting out

As expected the ridge was in cloud the whole way. The ridge was very atmospheric for all that and hiking conditions were ideal. This was something of an experiment being the first time the Group has done this ridge hike in the wet season. However, the feared leeches were entirely absent and although the trail was blocked in a couple of places by fallen trees and bamboo, these areas were easily circumnavigated.

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We arrived at the fire observation tower after 2 1/2 hours of hiking. Half of the Group couldn’t resist climbing to the top of the Tower up the new staircase. The other half grazed at the bottom. One of the K9’s hovered between up and down.

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A Room with a View as the clouds start to dissipate

By the time we decided to move on patches of blue sky had started to appear and we were warmed by shafts of sunlight. On the way back along the ridge we were treated to panoramic views. The sun was still shining as we changed and headed down to the Thermadoi with only the merest hint of what was to come.

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Promises of panoramic views finally honoured

No sooner had we sat down in the Thermadoi than the thunder started to rumble and the heavens opened. A few minutes later and we would have got a real royal soaking. As it was our feeling of well-being was even deeper as we ate our excellent food, sipped our excellent beer and contemplated the awesome sight of a heavy storm sweeping across the valley below.

Thanks to Jenny, Michael and Bussakorn for the photographs.