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2019/09/01_Report_Doi Lanka Noi circular hike

 

Some ten people (including hike leader) turned up for this hike. The skies were somewhat overcast but thankfully it did not rain. True to form, the hike leader took a wrong turn early in the hike but twenty minutes bushwhacking got us back one the right track. Just before the final assault on the summit one newcomer, who had perhaps overestimated his fitness level, decided to turn back. The summit was cloaked in mist but occasionally would part to allow some nice views.

On the descent the overnight rain make the going slightly heavy and the path slippy in parts and slowed our progress, while the water level in the river was higher than last time, necessitating wading through rather than stepping from rock to rock. But everyone made it down and back safely with the hiker who had turned back waiting for us at the wat.

Given the heavy underfoot conditions and the hike leader induced diversion the 11.2km hike took  slightly longer than last time at five hours forty minutes. Afterwards we abandoned our normal restaurant in favour of the “White Cat” for beer and refreshments.

Leadership and reporting by SRR. Photos by Richard and Bussakorn

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19/09/01_Doi Lanka Noi circular hike

Doi Langka Noi in dry-season colours. Photo by Andrew

The hike is on.
This is a reasonably strenuous hike of about twelve kms up to the summit of Doi Lanka Noi  (about 900m elevation) and back down again in a loop that should take between five to six hours. True, it’s less than four months since we last did this, but what a difference between the end of the dry season (when smoke was still in the air and we encountered new burning) and the middle of the rainy season!
The first km from the stating point at the local Wat is flat but the subsequent path up to the first ridge is relatively steep and may prove somewhat slippy in parts. After that there is a relatively easy ridge walk until we come to the final assault on the summit which, although not particularly high, is steep and not for those with a fear of heights with a number of dropoffs . On the summit we will have our lunch and take in the views (hopefully a clear day) before descending in a loop down the far side of the summit and following the river path back to the village and the temple. Afterwards we will stop in a nearby café for refreshments
Hike leader: SRR
Starting time and meeting point:  7.30AM in front of the Susco filling station on highway 118.

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If you want to come: Please ensure you have read the general advice on this website as well as the particular details in this post. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the stated place and time. Lifts in cars are almost always available. No groups, though.

Please bring: as per general advice on this website (see tab above). But especially note:

  • Strong footwear with deep tread/ good grip.
  • Lots of energy, team spirit and good humour.
  • Passengers please bring 100 Baht towards driver’s expenses and a change of shirt/ clothes.

2019/08/25_Report_CMU++ loop


Despite thick cloud, eleven people turned up for this suburban hike. Setting out from the Arboretum carpark, we started by visiting the Huay Kaew waterfall, in which our newest hiker showed us the right way to the bridge over the stream.

Crossing over the main road up to Doi Suthep, we took the lane in to Wat Moo Boon. In fact we first went right through Wat Moo Boon and out the other side into open fields. This had not been the plan, as we wanted to follow the perimeter of the former fortified settlement of Wiang Ched Lai. But walking back through the Wat, we spotted the small path which was the crucial link.

Aerial photo from about 50 years ago, clearly showing the perimeter of Wiang Ched Lin. Source: Source: Sarasavadi Ongsakul. Old Community in the Chiang Mai Lamphun basin. (Bangkok: Amarin Printing and Publishing, 2543), p.130. Via http://www.sri.cmu.ac.th/~elanna/elanna_eng/public_html/history/history6.html

Returning to Huay Kaew Road, we entered the north gate of Chiang Mai University (CMU), and passed successively the Sala Dham, the Geology Department dinosaurs, the Palm Park and the Fine Arts mural.

Exiting by the north gate, we visited the many statues of Ban Ling Ha en route to Wat Umong, our most southerly point. Returning via Wat Pa Daeng, we were disconcerted to find the gate locked into the grounds of the Royal Project Foundation, so we had to take a more easterly route. We sat down for a breather in a quiet coffee shop before returning to our starting point via the pleasant lakeside walks of the CMU campus.

The hike was longer than previously estimated: 15-16km, which we completed in five hours including coffee-break.

Hike initiation and reporting by Michael.

(The big altitude spike is a technical malfunction.)

2019/08/25_CMU++ loop

The hike is ON. (It’s not raining where I am, though thickly overcast. Umbrellas and good humour are advisable!)

This loop takes us through an interesting variety of suburban scenes including many parts of the Chiang Mai University (CMU) campus, and extending to Wat Umong in the south and the less-well-known Wat Moo Boon in the north.

Starting from the Arboretum, we briefly visit the Huay Kaew waterfall, then walk the perimeter of the mysterious circle east of the Kruba Srivichai monument. Was it once a fortified settlement?

The mysterious circle

Entering CMU through its north gate, we thread a way past the Sala Dham, the dinosaurs, the Palm Park, the main stadium and the Fine Arts mural. Exiting CMU , we thread another way through the maze of small streets to the south, via the temples of Ban Ling, Umong and Padang. The return stretch through CMU features pretty walkways beside the Tad Chompoo and Ang Kaew reservoirs.

The total distance is about 10km, and it may take us 3-4 hours.

Hike initiator: Michael

Meeting time and place: 7.30am for a 7.40 start from the carpark between the Huay Kaew Arboretum and the Doi Suthep Nature Study Center. See map below.

If you would like to come:  Make sure you have read the general conditions and advice on this website (see tabs above). If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the stated place and time.

Bring: As per general advice, except:

  • Since this is a suburban hike – and partly in temple and university areas – please dress a bit nice.
  • Umbrella may be useful.
  • Extra supplies of team spirit and good humour.

2019/08/18_Trip Report_Ban Nam Sum Loop

A new sign has been erected forbidding access to Takatan Cave during the rainy season (July to October).

13 humans and one K9 assembled at the starting point. Early in the hike we attracted two other charming K9’s who together made up a harmonious and well-behaved doggy pack (that is apart from one of the hangers-on eying up a family of chickens for his lunch).

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Why is he playing with that mutt? It’s not fair

The trail up to and along the ridge involved some modest bushwhacking, but was accomplished without undue difficulty. From the high point to the end of the hike the trail winds down through crops (mainly cabbages and chilies) with spectacular views over Doi Pui and more distant peaks and valleys.

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Striding purposefully into the unknown

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Why are we doing this stupid bushwhacking?

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He told me the trail was around here somewhere

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I guess it was all worthwhile in the end

Conditions could not have been more perfect even if we had been able to paint the sky ourselves. High-level cloud to block out the sun, small clumps of low-level cloud to provide atmospheric effects around the higher peaks and patches of blue sky to balance the palette. Added to that a light breeze to keep us cool.

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Heading for home

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The mighty peak of Doi Pui obscured by cloud

Time taken a fraction over 5 hours, pretty much in line with expectations.

After the hike we descended on an old favourite location for vittals and refreshments that we have not visited for several years. The Bamboo House Resort did not disappoint and is highly recommended as a future venue.

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The chicken cashew nut was particularly tasty!

 

2019/08/18_One Cave Hike, Takatan Cave Revisited

Distance 14km, vertical elevation gain 850m, expected time 5 hours+. Mostly on dirt roads but includes a steep off-trail climb up to the ridge.

In the event of heavy rain the hike may be cancelled. Please check the website Sunday morning before leaving home.

Sadly the old 2-Caves hike is no longer safe for groups. Sunday’s hike will start and end on the same trails, but follows a new route that avoids the steep scramble with loose rocks that has caused problems in the past. This means no bat cave. Instead there is a steep but stable off-trail climb up to the ridge and a forested ridge walk to the highest point of the hike, where the agricultural area begins.

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The off-trail climb – not too difficult really

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Possible snack break along the ridge line

From the high point we descend on dirt roads through an endless sea of cabbages, with the mountain peaks and valleys etched against the skyline and receding into the distance. The Doi Suthep- Doi Pui massif is in our face for the remainder of the hike. On the way down we will make a diversion to visit the Takatan ex-show cave.

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An endless sea of cabbages, but spectacular views

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Our touristy objective – just one way of spelling it

The final 3km of the hike is on a quiet paved road leading down to Highway 1269 and our parked vehicles.

We will stop at strategic spots en-route for short snack breaks. Timing is difficult to estimate as it depends on how long the group wishes to spend exploring Takatan Cave (don’t forget to bring a torch), but should be between 5 and 6 hours.

On the way home the Organisers intend to stop at Bamboo House Resort for refreshments and late lunch.

Organisers:

Tom and Richard

If you want to join:

Make sure you have read the general advice on this website as well as the specific hike details in this post. If you still think this hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting place on the day, on time. No need to inform us in advance. But we cannot accommodate groups.

Meeting Point & Time:

We will leave the meeting place at 07.30 sharp.

We will meet at the open area 50 meters past the PTT gas station on Canal Road about 500 meters south of the Suthep Road intersection (see map below – click on map to enlarge).

We will drive in convoy south along Canal Road to the Samoeng Road intersection and turn right along Highway 1269 towards Samoeng. Seats in vehicles are usually available, but can not be guaranteed. Our starting point will be the car park of a large resort on the left hand side of the highway, about 15 minutes drive from the junction.

For hikers from Hang Dong or points south, there is an option to wait at the fire station opposite Malada, which we will reach at about 07.45.

Items to bring:

  • At least 2 liters of water or re-hydration drink.
  • A decent torch for the cave.
  • For passengers: 100 Baht towards fuel costs and a change of clothes/ footwear.
  • Snacks and/or a picnic brunch.
  • Appropriate footwear.
  • Sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent.
  • Long sleeves/ pants recommended.
  • Plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour.

2019/08/11_CMU++ loop

It’s raining dismally. Sorry, but the hike is CANCELLED this week.

This loop takes us through an interesting variety of suburban scenes including many parts of the Chiang Mai University (CMU) campus, and extending to Wat Umong in the south and the less-well-known Wat Moo Boon in the north.

Starting from the Arboretum, we briefly visit the Huay Kaew waterfall, then walk the perimeter of the mysterious circle east of the Kruba Srivichai monument. Was it once a fortified settlement? Or some sort of signal?

The mysterious circle

Entering CMU through its north gate, we thread a way past the Sala Dham, the dinosaurs, the Palm Park, the main stadium and the Fine Arts mural. Exiting CMU , we thread another way through the maze of small streets to the south, via the temples of Ban Ling, Umong and Padang. The return stretch through CMU features pretty walkways beside the Tad Chompoo and Ang Kaew reservoirs.

The total distance is about 10km, and it may take us 3-4 hours.

Hike initiator: Normal Michael

Meeting time and place: 7.30am for a 7.40 start from the carpark between the Huay Kaew Arboretum and the Doi Suthep Nature Study Center. See map below.

If you would like to come:  Make sure you have read the general conditions and advice on this website (see tabs above). If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the stated place and time.

Bring: As per general advice, except:

  • Since this is a suburban hike – and partly in temple and university areas – please dress a bit nice.
  • Umbrella may be useful.
  • Extra supplies of team spirit and good humour.