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July 23, 2018 in Listings

Mountains of Malaysia

Presenting Malaysia's Half Ultras!

This compilation came about after I decided to tweak the original list of mountains that I have been using over the past few years, and to narrow it down to just the main prominent peaks, and felt that taking into account their prominence (or 'independence' if you will) was the best way to do so. Since ultra-prominent peaks, or 'Ultras', are considered peaks that have a prominence of 1500m or more (marked in white in the table below), I decided to leave the 'Half Ultras' and removed any peak that had a topographic prominence* of less than 750m, and maintained the elevation cut-off at 1400m for an O2 sat of <85% at the summit. This reduced the final list of mountains to a total of 36 peaks, and some significant peaks like Korbu and Gayong, as well as the twin pinnacles of Batu Lawi have been omitted. Ten of the peaks are ultras.

* Prominence is defined as the "height of a mountain's summit by the vertical distance between it and the lowest contour line encircling it but containing no higher summit within it", and has been described as an "objective measurement that is strongly correlated with the subjective significance of a summit". Since peaks with high prominence are either the highest point on a massif or an isolated peak, they also tend to have the best views!

Both the position of the mountain and the state(s) that it is located in have been verified with Geoname, and the prominence has been determined using algorithms on Google Fusion Tables that were developed by Andrew Kirmse.

M: Movescount Page with the details of the trek
R: Routes that were extracted from each completed trek
G: Position and details from the Geoname placename

Rank Mountain (Rating) Δ (m) Prom. (m) Location State Completed
01 Kinabalu 4095 4095 Crocker Range Sabah M / R / G
02 Trus Madi 2642 1683 Trus Madi Range Sabah M / R / G
03 Tambayukon 2579 836 Crocker Range Sabah M / R / G
04 Murud 2423 2013 Kelabit Highlands Sarawak M / R / G
05 Mulu 2376 2013 Mulu Sarawak M / R / G
06 Tahan 2187 2120 Taman Negara Kelantan/Pahang M / R / G
07 Yong Belar (5.2) 2181 1973 Titiwangsa Range Kelantan/Perak 15 06 2013 M / R / G
08 Chamah 2171 1027 Gua Musang Kelantan M / R / G
09 Ulu Sepat 2161 764 Temenggor Kelantan/Perak M / R / G
10 Batu Putih 2131 962 Tapah Perak M / R / G
11 Benom 2107 1941 Jerantut Pahang M / R / G
12 Apad Runan 2103 958 Kelabit Highlands Sarawak M / R / G
13 Gerah 2103 894 Ulu Sepat Kelantan/Perak M / R / G
14 Bukit Batu 2012 1560 Kapit Sarawak M / R / G
15 Wakid 2000 940 Tambunan Sabah M / R / G
16 Lumaku 1953 887 Crocker Range Sabah M / R / G
17 Liang 1933 1002 Tanjung Malim Pahang/Perak M / R / G
18 Noring 1889 773 Ulu Perak Kelantan/Perak M / R / G
19 Bintang 1862 1546 Kulim Kedah/Perak M / R / G
20 Bukit Pagon 1861 902 Brunei Border Sarawak M / R / G
21 Inas 1801 825 Kulim Kedah M / R / G
22 Lotung 1776 1313 Maliau Range Sabah M / R / G
23 Ulu Kali 1772 907 Genting Highlands Pahang/Selangor M / R / G
24 Monkobo 1740 1232 Maliau Range Sabah M / R / G
25 Bubu 1657 1470 Kuala Kangsar Perak M / R / G
26 Murud Kecil 1615 1020 Kelabit Highlands Sarawak M / R / G
27 Bukit Kalulong 1573 1130 Long Selatong Sarawak M / R / G
28 Kanyi 1566 1536 Sematan Sarawak M / R / G
29 Rabong 1538 954 Gua Musang Kelantan M / R / G
30 Ulu Titi Basah 1533 862 Temenggor Perak M / R / G
31 Lawit 1519 1287 Hulu Terengganu Terengganu M / R / G
32 Tapis 1512 1201 Sg. Lembing Pahang M / R / G
33 Mount Nuang (4.6) 1493 816 Ulu Langat Pahang/Selangor 23 02 2013 M / R / G
34 Bedong 1469 752 Cameron Highlands Kelantan/Pahang M / R / G
35 Mandi Angin 1460 1312 Dungun Terengganu M / R / G
36 Hijau 1448 863 Taiping Perak M / R / G


100 Mountains of Malaysia
July 19, 2018 in Listings

Peaks of Ireland & the United Kingdom

A 'munro' is a name that has been given to moutains in Scotland that have peak elevations that surpass 914m (historically 3000 feet). 'Furths', on the other hand, are mountains outside ('furth' means 'outside') of Scotland that are located on the British Isles, and also with peak elevations that surpass 914 m. View project
May 4, 2018 in Listings

Passes and Peaks of the Great Himalayan Trail (GHT)

Have you ever wanted to rub shoulders with the giants? Well here is a list of high-altitude passes that have an elevation that exceeds 5000m (maximum O2 sat of 55%) that you will 'pass' on the Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) High Route in Nepal. You can also find a list of the 33 peaks that are regulated by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) along with their topographic prominence, as well as a list of the more easily accessible Base Camps. The high-altitude passes on this list are ordered from east to west, whereas the Base Camps are ordered by their elevation.

Prominence is defined as the "height of a mountain's summit by the vertical distance between it and the lowest contour line encircling it but containing no higher summit within it", and has been described as an "objective measurement that is strongly correlated with the subjective significance of a summit". Since peaks with high prominence are either the highest point on a massif or an isolated peak, they also tend to have the best views! * Those that are marked with an asterix are located adjacent to the GHT on other trekking routes View project
October 17, 2016 in Listings

Waterfalls of Malaysia

Here is a little list of waterfalls in Malaysia that require some form of hiking to get to (with a difficulty rating of 1.8 or more). Their relative inaccessibility helps to thin out the crowds a little, and gives you a little bit of space for yourself whilst also sparing you from the rubbish that the throngs tend to always leave in their wake. View project

April 16, 2015 in Listings

Hiking Classifications

Class 1
Class 2
Class 3
Class 4
Class 5
Class 6
Class 7
Class 8
Class 9
Class 10
After receiving several inquiries about the difficulty of hikes, I began a long search for a system that would help to describe the difficulty that one would encounter on any given trail. I ended up stumbling upon quite a few systems but they all tended to be overly simplistic or were very specific to a certain terrain, like the Australian Standard that was designed for the Australian outback, or the SAC (Swiss Alpine Club) scale that was designed for Swiss alpine conditions. View project
April 21, 2014 in Listings

Taxonomy Map

Here is a list of the common names of flora and fauna that have been mentioned in posts, along with their respective genera and species. The tables have been divided into their respective Kingdoms (I use Woese's three-domain, six-kingdom system) as well as their conservation status under the IUCN Red List (if known). Please hover over the species name for the tooltip that displays the common name. View project

April 8, 2014 in Listings

Top Trails of Western Australia

Here is a portion of the list that the website TrailsWA has compiled after asking Australians to nominate the trails that they felt "had the ‘wow’ factor". Other types of trails such as mountain biking, 4WD trails and urban walks have not been included here. All the trails have been arranged in alphabetical order.

View project

February 19, 2014 in Listings

Mountains of Australia (Aussie10)

The 10 highest peaks can all be found in Australia's Snowy Mountains, also known as 'the Snowies'. The range is located in southern New South Wales and is part of the Australian Alps and the Great Dividing Range. View project

June 11, 2013 in Listings

Mountains of Indonesia

Presenting Indonesia's Ultras over 2500m!

I decided to narrow the list of Indonesian mountains to just the main prominent peaks, and felt that taking into account their prominence (or 'independence' if you will) was the best way to do so. Since ultra-prominent peaks, or 'Ultras', are considered peaks that have a topographic prominence of 1500m or more, I decided to remove any peak lower than that, and maintained the elevation cut-off at 2500m for an O2 sat of <75% at the summit. This reduced the final list of mountains to a total of 46 peaks, and omitting some significant peaks like Bukit Raya, which is the highest peak in Kalimantan and one of Indonesia's 'Seven Summits'.

* Prominence is defined as the "height of a mountain's summit by the vertical distance between it and the lowest contour line encircling it but containing no higher summit within it", and has been described as an "objective measurement that is strongly correlated with the subjective significance of a summit". Since peaks with high prominence are either the highest point on a massif or an isolated peak, they also tend to have the best views!

The position of the mountain has been verified with Geoname, and the prominence has been determined using algorithms on Google Fusion Tables that were developed by Andrew Kirmse.

M: Movescount Page with the details of the trek
R: Routes that were extracted from each completed trek
G: Position and details from the Geoname placename

Rank Mountain Δ (m) Prom. (m) Location Island Completed
01 Puncak Jaya (Carstensz Pyramid) 4884 4840 Papua New Guinea M / R / G
02 Puncak Mandala 4760 2722 Papua New Guinea M / R / G
03 Angemuk 3949 1526 Papua New Guinea M / R / G
04 Kerinci (Indrapura) 3805 3774 Jambi Sumatera M / R / G
05 Rinjani 3726 3681 Nusa Tenggara Barat Lombok M / R / G
06 Semeru (Mahameru) 3676 3661 Jawa Timur Java M / R / G
07 Undundi-Wandandi 3640 1716 Papua New Guinea M / R / G
08 Pergunungan Weyland 3480 2202 Papua New Guinea M / R / G
09 Leuser 3466 2922 Aceh Sumatera M / R / G
10 Rantemario (Latimojong) 3440 3428 Sulawesi Selatan Sulawesi M / R / G
11 Slamet 3428 3266 Jawa Tengah Java M / R / G
12 Sumbing 3371 2565 Jawa Tengah Java M / R / G
13 Deyjay 3340 1508 Papua New Guinea M / R / G
14 Arjuna 3339 2782 Jawa Timur Java M / R / G
15 Raung 3332 2999 Jawa Timur Java M / R / G
16 Lawu 3265 3093 Jawa Timur Java M / R / G
17 Dempo 3173 2425 Sumatera Selatan Sumatera M / R / G
18 Sindoro 3150 1755 Jawa Tengah Java M / R / G
19 Merbabu 3145 2406 Jawa Tengah Java M / R / G
20 Argopuro 3088 2725 Jawa Timur Java M / R / G
21 Mugajah 3079 1795 Aceh Sumatera M / R / G
22 Cereme 3078 2754 Jawa Barat Java M / R / G
23 Gandadiwata 3074 2130 Sulawesi Barat Sulawesi M / R / G
24 Agung 3031 2995 Bali Bali M / R / G
25 Sojol 3030 2539 Sulawesi Tengah Sulawesi M / R / G
26 Binaiya 3027 3024 Maluku Seram M / R / G
27 Pangrango 3019 2414 Jawa Barat Java M / R / G
28 Balease (Tolangi) 3016 1576 Sulawesi Selatan Sulawesi M / R / G
29 Bandahara 3012 1626 Aceh Sumatera M / R / G
30 Arfak (Umsini) 2955 2761 Papua Barat New Guinea M / R / G
31 Masurai 2933 1780 Jambi Sumatera M / R / G
32 Talamau (Ophir) 2919 2295 Sumatera Barat Sumatera M / R / G
33 Marapi 2891 2110 Sumatera Barat Sumatera M / R / G
34 Geureudong 2885 1536 Aceh Sumatera M / R / G
35 Singgalang 2877 1703 Sumatera Barat Sumatera M / R / G
36 Moncong Lompobatang 2874 2836 Sulawesi Selatan Sulawesi M / R / G
37 Kandela 2870 2242 Sulawesi Tengah Sulawesi M / R / G
38 Butak 2868 1643 Jawa Timur Java M / R / G
39 Tambora 2851 2696 Nusa Tenggara Barat Sumbawa M / R / G
40 Patah 2850 1623 Sumatera Selatan Sumatera M / R / G
41 Cikuray 2821 2080 Jawa Barat Java M / R / G
42 Kapalatmada 2700 2698 Maluku Buru M / R / G
43 Mekongga 2650 2203 Sulawesi Tenggara Sulawesi M / R / G
44 Pompangeo 2590 2242 Sulawesi Tengah Sulawesi M / R / G
45 Tumpu 2565 2024 Sulawesi Tengah Sulawesi M / R / G
46 Ngliman 2563 2113 Jawa Timur Java M / R / G


Mountains of Malaysia
February 26, 2013 in Listings

100 Items or Less

"I would rather own little and see the world, than own the world and see little of it"

Alexander Sattler
The idea behind this 'item cap' (crap cap?) is to basically own less in order to experience more. It will help me conserve space, give me the element of mobility, help me to save money, and most of all would help alter my consumption patterns and reduce my carbon footprint. I personally feel that cutting consumption is the first step towards creating a more sustainable and just world, which is something that all of us need to work towards. View project
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