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18/08/12_Trip Report_Wat Pong Noi to Buphing Palace

5 hikers turned out for this hike on a beautiful morning, with the mountains clear of cloud for the first time in several days. The small group of determined hikers made short work of the hike up to the Forester’s Camp and unanimously decided to continue on to Buphing Palace. Close to our final destination we were passed by a convoy of flag-waving diplomatic limos returning from an event at the Palace.

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Unfortunately just before reaching the Palace our luck ran out as we climbed above the cloud base. Frustrating glimpses of the forest below could be fleetingly seen through the cloud, but the cloud base stubbornly refused to lift. To assuage this disappointment we repaired to an excellent restaurant where a tasty balcony lunch and wide-ranging conversation were enjoyed.

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Suitably fuelled, a speedy descent was made back to the vehicles where we arrived at 15.00, about 7 hours after our morning departure. Total trip estimated at 17 km length and with 1,000 meters of elevation gain.

En route a selection of colourful critters displayed for our entertainment.

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Thanks to all participants for making this a very enjoyable and convivial hike.

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18/08/05 Report Huay Tung Tao ridge loop

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A merry band of 16 hikers and 3 K9s assembled at the start point on a cloudy and humid morning.  With the pre-hike rituals completed the group set off into the forest along a nice flat trail allowing everyone to loosen up before the hill climb commenced.  A respectable pace was made and we were soon on the dirt road and the main uphill trek.  This was also being used for a 36hr endurance race so we had a lot of company on this section of the hike.  We took a short break for water and to regroup at the top of our ascent and then continued along a quiet dirt road which contoured around the hillside and eventually took us out of the forest into farmland.  Making good progress a leisurely snack break was taken after about 2 hours hiking, unfortunately we were in the clouds so there was not really much scenery to be had but there was the occasional break which offered some views of Chiang Mai and the surrounding area.  After the break we continued along the dirt road for a few hundred metres then took a trail back into the forest and the start of the descent.  The conditions underfoot were not to slippery considering the recent rainfall but, the group did get separated somewhat and the last few hundred metres of the hike were done in many different ways due to the newly constructed road but everyone made it back and there was a full house at the restaurant.

A pretty fast time of 3hrs 40mins, distance 11kms and total ascent of 510mtrs for those interested in stats.

Thanks to all for the company and making it a fun morning, lunch was good too.  Thanks to Matt for the photo.

 

2018/07/29_Report_Ban Nasa hike + picnic

Once again the weather favoured us. A great deal of rain had fallen during the week, but there was very little on Sunday. The air was humid but not specially hot. The number of hikers+cooks luckily (14) fitted with the number of 4WD vehicles available (3), given that one intrepid member was happy to sit atop luggage. The hour-long drive culminated with a series of streams to be forded, and then we reached our base camp, where our leaders immediately started setting up tents and the meal site.

The hike was a loop within a valley: the first half taking us mainly through hilly forest to a small Karen village; and the second half leading downwards past a banana plantation, through a cluster of rice paddies, and along the stream.

A village weaver offered her products for sale

 

 

No choice but to get our feet wet at this point. Some made it an excuse to be wet all over.

 

Camouflaged spider. Photo by Waka

Returning to the start point, we enjoyed a picnic of delicious fried rice and pork cooked by Khun K & friend. Driving home, some of us took the opportunity of a short detour to see the Pha Chor canyon.

 

Distance hiked: 17km. Duration 5h 40m. Elevation gain/loss: 500m.

Hike leadership: Matt. Reporting by Michael. Photos by Michael and Waka.

 

 

2018/07/22_Report_HTT/Mae Nai loop hike

Six hikers (including hike leader) and two canine volunteers turned up for this hike. Although the forecast suggested some thunderstorms there was only a bit of light rain, in the second and last hour of the hike, while the overcast conditions were generally conducive to walking. With a small group and the canine volunteers leading we made good progress and reached the highest part of the dirt road in just over one hour. Overnight rain made for heavy going underfoot in some sections but the rapid pace continued and we reached our snack destination (occupied by eleven motor bikers) in just over two hours and twenty minutes.

Given the rain during the week the streams were surprisingly not as high as expected and easily fordable. The buffalo corral was disappointing empty although there was considerable evidence on the ground of a recent visit. As we were making good time we abandoned the idea of a lunch stop and pressed ahead and finished the 16.4 km hike in an impressive four hours and forty minutes, given an average walking speed of just over 3.4kms per hour. The canine volunteers led from start to finish, with the only blemish on their record a brief chase after chickens in the orchard area which fortunately was swiftly contained. Afterwards we retired to one of the lakeside restaurants for food and refreshments.

Hike leadership and reporting by Stephen. Photos by Richard.

18/07/15 Report Crying Dogs Waterfall Loop

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Eighteen hikers and one K9 made up the group for this Sunday’s hike and it became apparent that, while most had hiked in the area before, this was a new hike to most.  Under a covering of cloud we set off at a gentle pace for the first leg of the hike, a 1.5km section along the road which loosened up the muscles and prepared us for the uphill part of the hike.  After taking a brief stop to regroup, and make sure we hadn’t lost anybody, we left the road and entered the forest going pretty much uphill in varying degrees of steepness for the next 5kms.

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Although not particularly hot, and a good covering of cloud, it was very humid so regular water breaks were taken besides, no one seemed to be in a hurry either.  A longer snack break was taken at the apex of our hike where we did have a few drops of rain but nothing to worry about.  With snacks over it was back to the trail, practically level and less trees although the undergrowth was quite high in places, for a few hundred metres where we joined a much wider trail/dirt road and began our descent.3a Taking a few breaks at strategic points (i.e. junctions!) to regroup we made our way down to the water and top part of the falls.  There have been some flash floods here recently and a bit of scrambling was necessary to get to the head of the falls where some of the group climbed down to the mid-section while the rest took the easier, but slightly longer, option and took a trail down where time was taken for everyone to do their “thing”.5a20180715_114612 copy2a37123410_1948115255239263_5891116746810589184_n37211169_1948115921905863_4902625608409808896_n

Refreshed from the visit it was a short ascent up the valley and back on to the main trail/dirt road where we resumed our downwards trek back into the village where we had started some 4.5hrs previous.  Unfortunately the information we were given earlier in the week when making the recce for this hike was a little out, we were told that there was a bbq going on a Sunday which was true but they did not start it until late afternoon, my apologies to all.  Still there was the amber nectar and some had brought along sandwiches so all was not lost.  There were some nice flowers surrounding the restaurant too!DSCN6853

Thanks to all who turned out for the hike, great company making it a great day out.  Special thanks to all who sent in photos, really appreciated and means that I do not have to write as much!

For those interested in stats I get 10.2kms, 450mtrs total ascent and about 4.5hrs

18/07/15 Crying Dogs Waterfall Loop

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0620 update: the hike is ON

Check the site before leaving home, an update will be posted before 0630

This Sunday’s hike is starts and ends near to where the Valley Café used to be and is a loop of about 10kms with a total ascent of 400mtrs.  The first kilometre or so is on a fairly quiet road before taking a trail into the forest which will take us up to higher and more open ground.  The majority of the ascent is done on this section of the hike and, while not difficult, a reasonable fitness level is required as the conditions underfoot are quite rocky.  The trail then, generally, is downwards in varying degrees but not too steep and a detour will be taken to the visit the falls.  While not in full flow there is plenty of water and is still worth seeing, especially the scenery but, beware, the rocks could be slippery.  From the falls it is not far to the end point which also happens to be where we intend to take the post-hike refreshments.

If you want to join:
If you are sure this hike is for you, after reading our “dangers”, “what to bring” and “what to do” tabs, just turn up at the meeting place on the day; there is no need to let us know you are coming.  No groups please.  Seats in cars are usually available but cannot be guaranteed.

Meeting Place:
We will meet at 0740 for a 0745 start from the open ground immediately after the first traffic lights south after Suthep market on the irrigation canal road (H.121), just after the PTT petrol station (which has toilets, 711 and fuel).  Meeting place GPS co-ordinates: 18° 47.002′ N 098° 57.512′ Emap3_resize

Items to bring:

  • At least 2 litres of water or re-hydration drink.
  • A snack.
  • Strong footwear with good grip and ankle support.
  • Sticks recommended.
  • Sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent.
  • Long sleeves/ pants recommended.
  • Rainwear, unless you are happy to be soaked.
  • Plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour.

 

2018/07/08_Report_Bua Chan Village Hike

Unexpectedly many (30) people were attracted despite rain risk and a far-out meeting-place. It was fun to mix with so many diverse hikers, but it gave leader Tom a demanding time keeping us reasonably together. Some lagged behind the main group and others span off in extra loops. Tom accomplished the tasks of navigation and coordination with calm good humour. In the end everyone seemed very grateful to him for a lovely hike, encompassing both forest (Ob Khan National Park) and highland farming terrain.

In fact there was only an occasional sprinkle of rain, but the humidity level was high, which, combined with the long hill, made for some weary limbs and good appetites by the time we reached our post-hike refreshment venue.

Stats:  15km in five hours. Min Elevation: 900m. Max elevation 1330m. Total ascent 1020m.

Hike leader: Tom. Reporting by Michael
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