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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.

 

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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.

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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2018/06/17_Hike Report_Doi Lang Loop

Dung beetle displays the ball it has rolled up. Photo by Jenny

In spite of the ominous weather forecast five hardy walkers (and one hike leader) turned up for this mountain hike. The signs did not look good as a light drizzle of rain accompanied us on the journey out to the reservoir. As it turned out, however, this was the only rain of the day, with the cooler weather providing ideal hiking conditions. With a small group we made good progress and reached the summit in just under two hours (the rope assisted assent near the summit providing a number of excitable observations). Surprisingly the overcast weather still allowed for good views from the summit (912 metres) but unfortunately no soaring birdlife in evidence (last time two hawks circled a peak below us).

On the descent one hiker had a minor fall as he collided with an unseen rock and the hike leader (not paying attention) walked into an overhanging bee nest and was stung several times for his troubles. We completed the hike in four hours and forty minutes and then stopped at a small shop/restaurant on the way back for well-earned refreshment.

18/06/03_Report_Nam Mae Kwong transposed to Goldilocks

Photo by Jenny

This was the hike that was not. When our group of seventeen hikers arrived at the start point at Nam Mae Kwong we were informed by the woman on the gate that the private owner of the old national park estate, through which we had to travel to begin our hike, had closed the estate and surrounding area for the day as he, and presumably assorted friends, were having a pig hunt. Luckily Peter had the GPS record for the nearby Goldilocks ridge, which became our alternative hike as we marched up, along and back down the ridge in just over four hours, covering a distance of 9kms. Highlight of the hike was the presence of a Golden Tree snake (aka flying snake) on the hiking trial. As these are normally arboreal it was unusual to see it on the forest floor. However, said snake had just caught a lizard and was in the process of enjoying a lizard brunch. However, perturbed by the farang paparazzi, he moved off to a quieter location before he had fully digested his meal. After the hike we stopped at the “Treehouse” restaurant for food and refreshment on the way back to Chiang Mai.

Hike initiation and report by Stephen

 

18/05/27_Hike report_Porcupine Falls Loop

 

Red line is route taken by the faster group. The slower group cut across in the middle.

A few dryer days following heavy midweek rains had allowed the Doi Suthep forest paths to become fairly firm, but the air remained humid. 18 people (and Tippy, a handsome small dog) assembled at the “Scout Camp” access point. We separated into two groups at an early stage.

The slower group (nine humans and Tippy) did 8.5km in about 3 hrs 30 mins. Emotional highlight was when Tippy excitedly started playing on the Porcupine Falls crossing, from where dogs have slidden down to difficult spots in the past. Note: the fabled Porcupine Falls were so named by MikeHike after encountering two porcupines there about ten years ago. Anyone else ever seen porcupines on the mountain?

The faster group did 11.3kms in about 4hrs 10 mins. In this group, thanks go to Mr L who bought litchees from the farmers in the high orchards and treated the group. Tasty. Kudos also to Jenny for this stunning photo, taken along the way: “iridescent, entomological ecstasy”.

 

Photo by Jenny

 

Most members of both groups enjoyed post-hike refreshments at Nong Flook 2, where the food service was amongst the quickest we have ever received, but Tippy was neither admitted nor given a convenient place to wait outside.

Hike leaders: MikeHike and PeterHike