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2018/12/09_Trip report_Roller Coaster Ridge

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Even more than usual, a big thank you to all the leaders of the various independent options this week. Also to the drivers, report writers and photographers – sorry not to include all your great photos. We had 23 hikers in total, and only two vehicles missed the junction to the (unlocked) barrier to the Doi Radar road, but we all made it to the start point in time for an 08.50-ish start. (Sorry to the last-minute arrival who we didn’t have room for.)

P_20181209_092706_vHDR_OnFour of us took Option 1, walking up only to the first peak in the series. It took an hour to get there, and we spent more than half an hour enjoying the 360 degree view while eating our sandwiches. On the way down we encountered a trekking group of about a dozen people including four or five local porter/guides. At the end we found three national-park rangers waiting for us. They told us they had been informed about us by the trekking guides. Since the incident of the boys’ football team trapped in a cave earlier this year, there have been increased concerns about the safety of park visitors.

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12 hikers took option 2, the hike to Doi Pha Ngom.  Weather was great & clear views up to the ascent of our summit at over 1700m.  As we climbed, the clouds rolled in &, on arrival at the top, the view had disappeared.  After lunch break we descended out of the cloud, with a little light rain.  On the return hike, the clouds cleared, revealing spectacular views of the surrounding peaks.  Distance 10km, up & down nearly 1000m.  Total hike time 5hrs to 5hrs 40 mins.

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Seven hikers did the full monty, option 3. Up/down 1423m, 16.2 kms, in under 7.5 hours. It’s quite a strenuous workout and we perhaps started a little too fast when we should have paced ourselves with the whole day’s effort in mind. Some tired legs from time to time and one unfortunate face-plant, but the midday clouds were atmospheric rather than disappointing and the few very brief rain showers not enough to dampen enthusiasm for the glorious views all around. No wildlife to report, just small pieces of wreckage from the military plane crash up near the peak 30 years ago.

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18/12/02 Report Mae Hai – Bits and Pieces

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Eighteen hikers and 3 K9s mustered at the rendezvous point unfortunately, only 17 + 3 K9s made it to the start point.  To our missing hiker, we hope you got back alright and sorry that you missed out but, we did wait for you.

The hike began on a nice flat road but that only lasted for a short while, enough to dust the cobwebs off, before beginning the first of two ascents.  Although we were on a dirt road it had suffered from flash flooding during the rainy season and made the trek a bit tricky in places, but everyone made it without any mishaps.  Leaving the dirt road, the group followed a rocky trail which lead down to the Crying Dogs waterfall where a break was taken to take in the view of the waterfall and cliffs.  One of the group had bought along a watermelon which he generously shared with everyone, many thanks!  Following a trail next to the stream, we descended a bit and the crossed it then took a trail which linked up with the second part of the hike, an old favourite loop which is now, sadly, not suitable for a Sunday hike, but the bit we did is and has some of its best features.   To get to them though we had our second ascent, not as steep but longer, a bit more exposed and on a rocky trail, there’s always a catch!  This did not present a problem to the group and we were soon up in a sheltered gorge and on a trail which, sort of, contoured around the hillside before taking a short, steep trail down to stream bed where the main break was taken.

The route back was the same, except for the last 1.5kms where we took a much more gentle trail and missed out the steep, rutted dirt road we had taken earlier.  Arriving back at the start point there was some confusion as there was two choices of hostelry; one that serves the amber nectar and noodles and the other that has a full food menu but no amber nectar.  Individual priorities were set and all was sorted out…….eventually!

Thanks to all who came along making it a great morning in the hills.  Thanks to MM for the photo.

For those interested in stats about 10kms, about 470mtrs vertical in about 4hrs.

2018/11/25_Report_Huay Tung Tao – Mae Nai Loop Hike

Twenty two hikers and two canine volunteers turned up for this now triannual hike. At the highest part of the dirt road, about one hour fifteen minutes into the hike, two hikers decided to turn back [as the pace of the others was too brisk for them. Actually, they wandered a little further, along an alternative path before turning back and rejoining the leading group at the end of the loop.]

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As the hike leader had stayed with the two laggards while the rest of the group continued, the former had to jog (slowly and to the bemusement of a number of locals) for about one km before he caught up with the tail-enders. Everyone regrouped at the lunch point which, with clear skies, provided a good viewpoint while the canine volunteers enjoyed most of the hike leader’s sandwich. The buffaloes had moved from the corral but still managed to signal their displeasure at the presence of the canine volunteers but without serious incident. With a small group of hikers surging ahead the group became spread out over the last stretch and some hikers (including hike leader) took a wrong turn in the forest, but this was quickly corrected. The front group finished the hike at about four hours forty five minutes and the stragglers at about five hours ten minutes, giving an average and reasonably impressive walking pace of 3.2kms per hour over the 16km hike. Afterwards most hikers retired to a nearby restaurant for much needed refreshment.

Hike leadership and report by SRR. Photos by Janet.

 

2018/11/18_Report_Wat Phra Puttabhat Si Roi variation

This lovely woodland hike was attended by 16. The drive each way took more than an hour, but the beautiful scenery compensated for the time spent in the car.

The path was mostly clear but surrounded by high grass or other vegetation. A memorable incident was coming across a figure in camoflage carrying a large black gun. Happily, it retreated before our oncoming platoon, and when we encountered the main force, the guns and battledress were combined with smiling faces and a family picnic atmosphere. The group seemed to be on an adventure outing from the nearby resort, at the end of our trail.

A few of our hikers had driven directly to the hike’s start-point, which meant that the car left at the finish-point was insufficient to transport all the drivers back to their vehicles in a single trip. One of the culprits cheerfully performed a second rotation, but it meant that our vehicles got separated for a period after the hike, when many of us went to visit a nearby waterfall (Sai Mok?).

However, all of us (except for the shy hike leader) managed to reassemble at a very satisfactory restaurant, about 5km homeward bound from the waterfall, for the traditional community refreshment session.

The leader’s GE-corrected GPS figures say 9.8 kms, up 501m, down 790m (more or less as advertised) in 4 hrs 18 mins.

 

Report by Michael. Photos by Tom and Michael. Hike leadership by MikeHike

 

2018/11/11_Trip report_Doi Mai Mee Cheu

11 started, 11 finished about 5.5hrs later and where they went in-between was a mystery (to some at least) but it did entail hiking about 14.5kms and ascending 950mtrs. The post-hike ritual was less of a mystery though and enjoyed by all.

No name (mountain), no view (from the top), no rain (on the hike), no photos (I’m afraid).   Think we broke the record for the proportion of Canadians on a group hike.

2018/11/04_Report_Doi Lang Lo Loop

A total of nine hikers (including hike leader), with some newbies and one returnee, turned up for this now biannual mountain hike. With a small group and the temperature in the low 20s we made good progress and reached the summit just before the two hour mark. Unfortunately with some haze the views were good rather than spectacular but everyone enjoyed the scenery over a relaxed lunch. The descend was uneventful with no wrong turns or falls and the small group reached the car park at close to 1AM, to give a total hike time of four and a half hours. At the small shop/restaurant where we stopped for refreshments on the way back, the hikers were treated to the unusual sight of the hike leader, assisted by Chan, trying to buy a Guinea Fowl from one of the villagers. Said bird was eventually purchased, prepared and presented to the hike leader by a couple of bemused villagers.

Report and leadership by SRR, Photos by Chan

18/10/28 Report Ban Mae Sapok Waterfall Loop

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A total of 32 hikers and 4 K9s assembled at the start point for this Sunday’s hike, although it might have been more as we appeared to have lost a car on the way down.  Sorry guys but, if it’s any consolation, we will repeat this hike at a later date.

It was clear that a number of the group wanted a bit more than a leisurely hike so it was decided to split into 2 groups and do the original, longer hike too.  By sheer coincidence, 2 groups of 16 and 2 K9s set off on their respective hikes, hoping to finish at about the same time.

Short Hike Report:

A total of sixteen hikers and two canine volunteers took the easier, slower hike option. After a short elephant feeding session in the camp the hike leader made a modest three wrong turns, but without serious mishap. At both bamboo bridges the canine volunteers refused to cross and had to be carried over, with a certain loss of dignity. The pace was reasonably sedate with a number of stops to regroup and we did not reach the “beach” until the three and a half hour mark. After a half hour lunch break with some swimming the hike continued, with one hiker having a slight fall on the steep river bank but making a quick recovery. Disappointing there were no elephants in the camp when we returned and we continued on across the river to complete the nine km hike in just under five hours.

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Long Hike Report:

The first 200mtrs or so of the hike was made with the slower group but, once a rickety bamboo bridge had been crossed, the groups divided and went their separate ways.  The first, short section was through farmland but soon we picked up a trail in the forest and began the ascent in earnest.  Good progress being made the first of two sections of road was reached after an hour where we regrouped and had a water break.  The trail then took us through more farmland and to a previously unoccupied compound which now  has a family of elephants and their handlers residence.  Once negotiated we were back on our way and went a bit wayward but, thanks to M, were soon back on track and taking on the steepest ascent of the hike (thankfully short though).  Down into a valley, through another small elephant camp, back up the other side and time for a snack break at a conveniently located store which was shut but opened up as we were about to leave, to the relief of some and making the break a little longer than anticipated.  Back on the trail and the zenith of the loop was soon reached after which, the descent through the forest began.  At the suggestion of A a slight detour was taken from the original loop which took us to a waterfall and also put us on the trail down the valley.  Good move.   Upon reaching the beach lunch was taken and some went swimming but, unfortunately, our stay here had to b e cut short as we were a bit behind schedule.  The last 3 km was made in good time and we found that the short hike group had only beaten us back by 10 minutes or so.

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Post Hike:

A new “restaurant” had been found (thanks M) for the post hike get-together so, those that were able,  made their way to it and enjoyed the usual refreshments and company.

We would like to thank all those who came along making this a really great day out.  Thanks to all the photo contributors and a big “thank you” to Bussakorn for making sure everyone got their meal.