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2021/08/22_Pictures from Sunday’s hikes

During this period of Covid precaution we are not publicly advertising hikes, but for yesterday we have pictures of two Sunday hikes organised privately by some of our regulars. The larger group hiked between Doi Kham and the White Pagoda.

Another pair of hikers explored the area between the Thung Roeng Royal Project and the Mae Khanin stream.

2021/08/15_Pictures_Baanpong Lodge Loop

2021/08/15_Pictures_Doi Inthanon sub-peak hike

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

2021/06/27_Report_Huay Tung Tao/Mae Nai loop

A total of twenty hikers, including some newbees, turned up from this regular hike. However, on the first hill some three hikers turned back, leaving us with a grand total of seventeen individuals. With the temperate weather the going was fairly easy and we made the snack stop point beside the river in just under two hours. Unfortunately the “shed” beside the river has more or less disappeared, leaving little to sit on. As we were making good time we did not stop for lunch at the viewpoint at the top of the hill but continued on to the buffalo corral, with various motor bikes passing us on the way. After the corral our pace slowed somewhat with one of two hikers starting to tire and one suffering the pains of wearing new boots. Nevertheless, 17 finished the hike in a good time of four hours and twenty minutes. Afterwards most of the hikers retired to a nearby lakeside restaurant for food and refreshments.

Hike leadership and reporting by SRR. Photos courtesy of Bussakorn and Pia

2021/06/20_Trip Report_Foggy Sea View

On the basis that one picture is worth 1,000 words, a pictorial tome recording the exploits of a healthy number of suitably spaced-out hikers enjoying a sunny day out in the fresh air.

Competition for Giant Tree coffee shop? The First Customer
While in the tree next door …..
Faded glory
A big hit with the ladies

2021/04/25_Trip Report_Thepsadet Waterfall

We were fortunate with the weather. Persistent overcast kept the temperature down and we were able to complete the whole hike in cool and pleasant conditions.

It was surprising to find that some major re-engineering work has been undertaken at the beginning of the waterfall trail. The old parking lot is now fenced off (why??) and parking is on the paved area around the crematorium next door. One can only hope its’ previous use has been abandoned. One driver who was not so sure chose to move his vehicle out of the firing line to the side of the road.

This was the first time the Sunday group has hiked past the Waterfall and directly from there up onto the ridge. This turned out to be a steep but well-marked forest trail that saves significantly on distance while avoiding the village.

At the Waterfall two members of the group split off to do some local exploring.

Once up on the ridge we split again with about half the group choosing to climb up to the local high point while the other half waited at the bottom. The scramble up was great fun in the cool conditions and the view from the top worthwhile. Unfortunately the far horizons were obscured by haze, but at least one could get some feeling for how lovely it is when clear.

Re-united we then followed along the ridge line with nice views to the southeast over the notorious Doi Lan “Tak” (Million Leech Mountain). About this time we became aware that Doi Lan is not the only place with leeches. They appeared in all kinds of interesting places on the body, one of the more traditional (and decent) being bravely modeled by Hanson. They seem to be particularly voracious at this time of year, with the arrival of the first rains.

Fortunately not all of the local wildlife was as hostile. There were very few beasties on view, but some lovely orchids and other interesting plants and a plentiful supply of mulberries was unearthed by the side of the final stretch of the road home.

On the way back to town we stopped off at the Leelawadee restaurant in Doi Saket for late lunch and refreshments.

Thanks to Tom for introducing the new trail, to Champ, Michael and Oliver for photographs and to Bussakorn for wearing such an appropriate T-shirt.

2021/04/18_Report_Ban Mae Sapok Waterfall Loop

Despite a last-minute cancellation message (the planned leader was stymied by a flat tyre), twelve people turned up and decided to do the hike anyway. We relied mainly on Tom’s navigational skills, which did not let us down although there were a couple of slight detours. The hike was memorable for beautiful clear air, a solitary elephant, two familiar hungry dog-companions, a snake that they chased, a special beverage purchase, and an even-trickier-than-usual stream crossing.

Recent rains had generated a turbulent brown torrent, and the wooden tourist-bridge above it was barely a plank that needed two people to hold the long bamboo side-rail. The last three hikers decided to cross the wet way, but we also had the chance to admire some local people helping each expertly other over the rocks.

At the waterfall and the beach only one hiker dipped in the cocoa-coloured fluid.

We hiked perhaps a little further than the planned 8km, and took about four hours to do so. On the way home we stopped at the nearby noodle restaurant for excellent-value food and lively fellowship.

Hike leadership (de facto): Tom. Reporting by Michael. Photos by Michael, the other Michael, Champ, Nina and Bussakorn