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GBB (CUS Connection) - Day 2

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Rata Air to Huhuhu Camp


We finally began the day's hike after an agonising wait for the rest of the group, who spent the morning dilly-dallying as if they had all the time in the world. We left at 10:15, more than two hours later than had been planned, and made our way down to the river that flanked the 'Rata Air' campsite. The riverside was quite scenic in the daylight, and the sunlight glinted off the pools of water that were partially barricaded by large fallen logs. The trickling of water as it flowed over the cascades was very pleasant, and the entire area was shaded by the huge leaves of wild banana trees (Musa sp.) and the fanned leaves of towering ferns. Read more
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GBB (CUS Connection) - Day 1

GBB-CUS Index

Ascent from Pos Balar


The day began with an arduous five-hour long journey from Kuala Betis in the back of a 4WD vehicle. The destination was a small village called Dakoh that was located within the Temiar settlement known as Pos Balar. The journey first took us deep inside palm oil estates along deeply rutted mud roads, and then into overgrown areas of fern and bamboo. Low-lying vines and branches arched over the road and occasionally created tunnels of vegetation that the vehicle trundled through. Read more
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GBB (CUS Connection)

GBB (CUS Connection) Day 1 : Ascent from Pos Balar
GBB (CUS Connection) Day 2 : Rata Air to Huhuhu Camp
GBB (CUS Connection) Day 3 : Gerah, Bilah, Bieh
GBB (CUS Connection) Day 4 : Sarsi Camp to Bongok Hill
GBB (CUS Connection) Day 5 : Descent to Pos Kemar

Titiwangsa Range

GBB (CUS Connection)


The hike to Mount Gerah (elevation : 2103m), the 13th or 17th highest mountain in Malaysia (based on prominence or sheer elevation respectively), almost always covers its sibling-peaks aswell: Mount Bilah (elevation : 2077m) and Mount Bieh (elevation : 2073m); and is always referred to as 'GBB'. While the GBB hike normally begins and ends at the Temiar settlement of Pos Kemar just south of Temengor Lake, our plan was to begin from the south of the GBB range at Pos Balar instead. Read more

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Titiwangsa Range


Titiwangsa Range


The Titiwangsa Range forms the spine of Peninsular Malaysia and divides it naturally into the east and west coastal regions. The main section of the range runs along the border that separates the state of Perak in the west and Kelantan in the east. As you make your way up north along the state border, you will eventually come across two protected areas: Stong State Park on the east, and Royal Belum State Park on the west (and just south of the national border). The range has some of the highest mountains in Peninsular Malaysia, as well as the three popular tourist destinations of Cameron Highlands, Genting Highlands and Fraser's Hill. Read more

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ACT Day 05 - Thanchok to Dhikur Pokhari

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Blue Skies


The mist that had shrouded the views the day before had lifted and had left the skies bright and clear that morning. Low clouds still lingered over the lower slopes however, and the added contrast brought out the silhouettes of pine trees (Pinus sp.) way off in the distance. We peered at the distant trees from out of the windows as we ate a pancake with honey (NPR180/2) for breakfast. Before we climbed back onto the road and left Thanchok (elevation : 2660m), we cut up some tibetan bread (NPR220/2) into strips and packed it away for lunch later on. Read more
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ACT Day 04 - Danakyu to Thanchok

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Mossy Forest


The hamlet of Danakyu (elevation : 2250m) was completely blanketed in mist that morning, so much so that we could barely see the building that was across the road from us. So once again, we had our breakfast of pancake and honey (NPR280/2) with tibetan bread (NPR220/2) to take-away, whilst waiting for the mist to clear. Read more
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ACT Day 03 - Tal to Danakyu

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The Valley


It was drizzling incessantly that morning, so we attempted to wait it out by taking our time over breakfast (which was Tibetan bread with honey, NPR260/2). By 09:00, the rain had yet to let up, and we knew that we could not really wait any longer. We began by walking up the 'alley' that was basically the entire hamlet of Tal (elevation : 1700m) and noticed then that most of the guesthouses that flanked us advertised attached bathrooms, which was quite a luxury in this region. The mist had descended and had completely engulfed the hamlet, and once again left everything blanketed in a whiteout. Read more
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ACT Day 02 - Srichaur to Tal

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Waterfalls


The day was overcast, and not only were the mountain views of Himlung (elevation : 7126m) and Manaslu (elevation : 8163m, the 8th highest mountain in the world), completely obscured, but so were the cliffs that lay just in front of Srichaur (elevation : 1100m). The intermittent drizzle also made everything grey and bleak, but the mist that came with it left everything quite enchanting and reminded me of the Western Arthurs in Australia. Read more
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ACT Day 01 - Ngadi to Srichaur

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Setting Off


Rupesh, the owner of the homestay, had been such a delightful host the previous day that we decided to purchase breakfast from him that morning instead of eating our own. We ended up chatting with him for quite a while, whilst eating our breakfast of tibetan bread with honey (NPR280), and so began the first day of our trek a little later than we had originally planned. Rupesh had told us about a mandir up on the hill nearby the local school, and had then proceeded to walk with us to both show us the turnoff that lay up the road from his homestay , as well as the bridge that we then had to cross. Read more
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Annapurna Circuit

ACT Day 01 - Ngadi to Srichaur
ACT Day 02 - Srichaur to Tal
ACT Day 03 - Tal to Danakyu
ACT Day 04 - Danakyu to Thanchok
ACT Day 05 - Thanchok to Dhikur Pokhari
ACT Day 06 - Dhikur Pokhari to Ngawal
ACT Day 07 - Route to Kang La
ACT Day 08 - Ngawal to Khangsar
ACT Day 09 - Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp
ACT Day 10 - Tilicho Lake
ACT Day 11 - Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka
ACT Day 12 - Yak Kharka to High Camp
ACT Day 13 - Thorong La Pass
ACT Day 14 - Ranipauwa to Kagbeni
ACT Day 15 - Kagbeni to Jomsom

The Annapurna Circuit


The Annapurna Circuit is a classic trek that used to be considered one of the most beautiful hikes in Nepal. The circuit goes through incredibly varied terrain; taking you first through paddy fields and dense forests, before passing steep cliffs and gorgeous mountainscapes as it traces the Marsyangdi valley ever upwards. The trek can last for between one to three weeks and can cover between 150 to 300 kilometres depending on where one begins and ends the trek, as well as how extensively the side trails are explored. The circuit itself encircles the Annapurna massif, with the two side trails of the glacial tarn of Tilicho Lake (elevation : 4920m) and the glacial basin of Annapurna Sanctuary (elevation : 4130m) straddling the north and south of Annapurna I (elevation : 8091m), the 10th highest mountain in the world. Read more
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ABC Day 10 - Chomrong to Nayapul

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Final Descent


My pace was slow as I left Chomrong (elevation : 2170m) that morning down the zig-zagging stairwell. I had begun to feel the first aches of the trip, as the rapid 2000 metres descent the day before had proved to be a bit of an ordeal for my knees. It was a gorgeous morning however--the skies were perfectly clear, the light of the early morning was still soft, and it was neither too hot nor too cold. Birds were twittering whilst flitting from tree to tree, and the magnificent mountain views of Annapurna South (elevation : 7219m) and Hiunchuli (elevation : 6441m) topped it all off both literally and figuratively. It was my last day on the range so I tried to soak in as much as I could, so speed was the last thing on my mind. Read more
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ABC Day 09 - Annapurna Base Camp

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Annapurna Base Camp


I awoke with a start in the pitch darkness of the empty dorm room to the sound of the alarm on my Suunto Spartan Ultra. It took me a few seconds to get my bearings, which was unusual, and to recall why exactly I had set the alarm that early. The watch had told me when exactly sunrise was and I had given myself just enough time based on my pace the day before, but had not, for some reason, had the foresight to factor in more time for all the snow. In my pre-dawn grogginess, I also made the beginner mistake of not packing another pair of dry socks. Read more
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ABC Day 08 - Machapuchare Base Camp

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Machapuchare Base Camp


I took my sweet time that morning, as the views that greeted me overlooked the magnificent valley. The cliffs that ran down the sides of the mighty mountains were still shrouded in the dark tapestry of the mountain's shadow, but as I watched, that tapestry was once again pulled away by the light from the rising sun. Once I had my fill, I made my way up the stairwell past the final lodge and down into the valley. Read more
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ABC Day 07 - Bamboo to Deurali

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Back in the Forest


I left Bamboo (elevation : 2310m) a little later than usual since it was going to be a short day, and climbed up past the other lodges and over a stream to the boulder-lined path. The trail crossed several rivers, and passed a waterfall that was festooned with prayer flags. I was then thrown back into the forest, and found myself surrounded by little brown birds that were flitting from bamboo shoot to bamboo shoot. They were twittering away, but at times their sounds could only barely be made out over the rushing Modi Khola. It had rained a lot the day before and all the little streams, rivulets, and tiny waterfalls washed down the hillside and over the path to ultimately join the river way down below. Read more
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ABC Day 06 - Chomrong to Bamboo

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Leaving Chomrong


That morning, I awoke to some marvelous views of Annapurna South (elevation : 7219m) and Hiunchuli (elevation : 6441m). The soft morning light cast crepuscular rays skimming over the mountains to the east, before they lit up Annapurna South in their golden glow. The mountains seemed so incredibly close, so much so that I felt that all I had to do to touch them was to just reach out my hand. The valley to the north that led up to the Annapurna Sanctuary could also clearly be seen. The valley had been carved by the mighty Modi Khola over the eons and the thought of walking along it in the days to come left me feeling somewhat exhilarated. Read more
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ABC Day 05 - Banthanti to Chomrong

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Tadapani


The trail just after Banthanti (elevation : 2210m) dropped steeply down the hill in very wide steps. It was just before 08:00 and the early morning light was still flattering, and we would catch the mountain views in a soft glow each and every time we would happen upon a clearing in the dense foliage. The descent down the slopes towards Bhurundi Khola went on for 600 metres or so, yet our descent took about 30 minutes as it was slowed down dramatically by all the foot traffic coming up. The trail climbed back up once again just under a kilometre in, before it followed a contour. Read more
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ABC Day 04 - Poon Hill

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Poon Hill


The pre-dawn darkness made it necessary to pack in the dim lights of our headlamps. We hurriedly threw together the essentials for our daypacks, and divided the contents of the first aid kit amongst us to lighten the load. We had planned to start walking an hour before sunrise (my Suunto Spartan Ultra had stated that sunrise was at 06:15), but before we did, we made our way outside the wooden lodge to heat up some potable water in the Jetboil for some much-needed coffee. Read more
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ABC Day 03 - Ulleri to Ghorepani

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Leaving Ulleri


We had met up with Brandon's group (and children) the evening before, and had all set off from Ulleri (elevation : 1960m) together that morning, just shortly after 08:00. The day had had a slow start as we had spent a fair amount of time marveling at the wonderful valley views of Annapurna South (elevation : 7219m) and Hiunchuli (elevation : 6441m) that lay to the north-east, way before we had even left the lodge. Read more
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ABC Day 02 - Nayapul to Ulleri

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Nayapul


I woke up fairly fresh, after having recovered from a short bout of fever from the night before--a quick and 'gentle' reminder of the importance of good hygiene. After a quick discussion, we had decided that it might be better to just hire a taxi for the 2-hour journey to Nayapul, as my stomach was still feeling a little unsettled and a stomach-churning bus ride might not have been the best idea. Read more
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ABC Day 01 – Pokhara

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Pokhara


After the 6 hour- and 200 kilometre-long near-death experience on the Prithvi Highway from Kathmandu to Pokhara the day before, I was very glad to still be able to walk around the roads of Pokhara. We had managed to secure a few empty seats in a friend's private coach before it had left Kathmandu, but doing so meant that we had to endure the crazy traffic that swerved in and out in order to overtake each other, with countless near-misses, on the curvy serpentine roads that lined the 'Mahesh Khola and Trishuli River. Read more
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Annapurna Base Camp & Poon Hill

ABC Day 01 - Pokhara
ABC Day 02 - Nayapul to Ulleri
ABC Day 03 - Ulleri to Ghorepani
ABC Day 04 – Poon Hill
ABC Day 05 – Banthanti to Chomrong
ABC Day 06 – Chomrong to Bamboo
ABC Day 07 – Bamboo to Deurali
ABC Day 08 – Machapuchare Base Camp
ABC Day 09 – Annapurna Base Camp
ABC Day 10 – Chomrong to Nayapul

Annapurna Base Camp & Poon Hill


Annapurna (Sanskrit, Nepali, Newar: अन्नपूर्णा) is the name of a massif in the Himalayas that is known for its highest mountain--Annapurna I (elevation : 8091m), the 10th highest mountain in the world and one of the 14 8000ers. Although Annapurna I was the first 8000er to be summited way back in 1950, it also, as of 2012, has the greatest fatality rate, Read more
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Chiling Waterfall

Waterfalls of Malaysia

Chiling Fish Sanctuary


Chiling Fish Sanctuary was established by the Selangor Fisheries Department in 2005 in order to create a protected area for several species of carps (family Cyprinidae), including the Malayan mahseer (Tor tambroides), known as 'Ikan Kelah' in Malay, and the near-threatened Copper mahseer (Neolissochilus hexagonolepis), or 'Ikan Tengas'. Both these fish fetch very high market prices (the 'Empurau' for instance, is priced at RM2000 per kilogramme!) and as such are suffering from a severe decline due to over-fishing. Read more

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Komodo Island


Komodo Island


The volcanic island of Komodo (along with Padar, Rinca and an archipelago of smaller islands) is a part of Komodo National Park, an area that was founded in 1980 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. The national park was formed to protect, and is an eponym of, its most famous denizen--the mighty Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), the world's largest and most dangerous lizard. Read more

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Topo: Wilyabrup

Cape to Cape Index

Wilyabrup


Wilyabrup is by far the largest climbing crag in the Margaret River region. Most of the routes on this stretch of red granite are trad routes but there are also a fair amount of bolted routes scattered around. Although the crag lies three hours drive south from Perth, the majestic views of the coast and the fantastic roar of the crashing waves down below makes the long drive more than worthwhile. You can even head off down the Cape to Cape track from the cliffs if you want to explore the surroundings. Read more
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Topo: Batu Caves


Batu Caves


The limestone formations that make up the Batu Caves (Tamil: பத்து மலை) complex are said to be hundreds of millions of years old. The complex itself is mainly known for the Hindu temples (the main one dedicated to Lord Murugan), and the heavily publicised annual Hindu pilgrimage that takes place during Thaipusam (Tamil: தைப்பூசம்). Batu Caves derives its name from Sungai Batu (Stone River), the river that runs past the limestone complex. Read more

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Mount Berembun (Cameron Highlands)

Cameron Highlands Index

Mount Berembun


Mount Berembun (elevation : 1840m) is one of the more interesting mountains to climb in Cameron Highlands as there are plenty of trails (most of which are shown in the image below) to choose from that start at different points around town. The fact that it is also the closest summit to one of the only camping spots that is readily available in this area, Sungai Pauh Campsite (also known as the Forestry Department campsite), makes it especially convenient for hikers. Read more
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Cameron Highlands

Pauh Campsite - Mount Jasar - Mount Berembun Mount Brinchang - Mount Irau

Cameron Highlands


Cameron Highlands (Chinese: 金马崙高原, Tamil: கேமரன் மலை) is Malaysia's largest hill-station area, and with an elevation that ranges from 1300m to 1800m and a mean annual temperature of about 18 °C, is famous for its cool weather and huge tea plantations that decorate its rolling hills. The area was named after William Cameron, an explorer who mapped the area back in 1885. Read more
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Nuuksio National Park


Conifers & Lakes


Nuuksio logo The landscape of Nuuksio National Park is classically Finnish: numerous lakes dot the landscape, all of which are completely engulfed by conifer forests (Division: Pinophyta). These forests, which top the gentle glacier-carved hills, are cool and damp and are mostly made up of evergreen spruce (Picea sp.) and pine (Pinus sp.), both of which are well-adapted to the cold climate--they are more resistant to freezing than most trees, and their conical shape also helps them shed snow. The adorable Siberian Flying Squirrel (Pteromys volans), which can be seen on the official park emblem, can also be found here; but the fact that it is nocturnal, makes it a very difficult creature to spot.

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Galtee Loop


Galtee Mountains


The Galtees are the highest inland mountain range in Ireland, and can be seen from afar as you travel between Cork and Dublin. The range seems to suddenly rise up from the surrounding plains, from almost sea level to just over 900 metres high. The highest mountain is Galtymore (elevation : 919m), which is Ireland's 14th highest, and just manages to make the list of 'furths'. Read more

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Mount Tok Nenek (Single)


The TNBYY Loop


Mount Tok Nenek (elevation: 1904m) is well-known for the spectacular 360-degree views that its jagged summit has to offer. The hike to the summit follows a fairly well-established route that heads north-westwards towards the peak. Once you reach the peak, you either turn around to follow the same route back down (called 'Tok Nenek Single'), or continue northwards on to the peaks of Bubu (elevation: 1974m) and Yong Yap (elevation: 2168m), before arcing back around towards the start (called the TNBYY loop or YYBTN if hiked counter-clockwise). The long, Titwangsa v2 hike also shares the western sections of the TNBYY Loop. Read more

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Weh Island


Weh Island


Weh island ('Pulau Weh' in Bahasa Indonesia) is a small island just off the northern tip of Sumatra, and is located directly north of Aceh city ('Banda Aceh'). Since Sumatra is the northernmost of Indonesia's large islands, Weh island has been bestowed the honour of having the (so-called) most northern point of Indonesia, a point that is called 'Kilometer Nol' (Kilometre 0). There are however, a few other rocky outcrops and small islands further north (such as Rondo Island), so I suppose that Kilometer Nol should more accurately be known as the most northern point of Indonesia that is connected by road! Read more

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Lepoh Waterfall

Waterfalls of Malaysia

Lepoh Waterfall


Lepoh Waterfall is a relatively small waterfall, but the cascades and the rock formation that it runs over make it a fairly attractive one. The waterfall is located in the jungles of Ulu Langat, and lies just 3 kilometres to the west-southwest of the summit of Nuang. Read more

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Jerangkang Waterfall

Waterfalls of Malaysia

Jerangkang Waterfall


Jerangkang Waterfall makes up a gorgeous series of cascades and turquoise pools that, in my opinion, is far more worthwhile than its nearby sibling, Berkelah Waterfall. Although you will find huge crowds at the lower levels of both waterfalls, the upper levels of Jerangkang seem to be relatively devoid of people and as such, are far cleaner. Read more

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Doi Inthanon

Chiang Mai Day 01-03 – Crazy Horse Buttress
Chiang Mai Day 04-05 – Crazier Horse Buttress
Chiang Mai Day 06 – Doi Suthep
Chiang Mai Day 07 – Samoeng Loop
Chiang Mai Day 08 – Doi Inthanon
Chiang Mai Day 8

Doi Inthanon

Determined to make it to Doi Inthanon, Thailand's highest peak, we made our way north to the Chang Pheuk Station first thing in the morning. Locating a songthaew that was bound for Chom Thong district was very straightforward as they were apparently fairly frequent. Read more
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Samoeng Loop

Chiang Mai Day 01-03 – Crazy Horse Buttress
Chiang Mai Day 04-05 – Crazier Horse Buttress
Chiang Mai Day 06 – Doi Suthep
Chiang Mai Day 07 – Samoeng Loop
Chiang Mai Day 08 – Doi Inthanon
Chiang Mai Day 7

Samoeng Loop

The day began with incessant drizzle so we were forced to hunker down in the room and to wait it out. By the time the sun eventually came back out, too much time had passed for a trip to Doi Inthanon to be feasible, so we opted to ride around a 100km circuit, called the 'Samoeng Loop', instead in order to visit some of the attractions that the loop had to offer. I also figured that it was quite apt to loop around the mountain range that we had climbed just the day before. Read more
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Doi Suthep

Chiang Mai Day 01-03 – Crazy Horse Buttress
Chiang Mai Day 04-05 – Crazier Horse Buttress
Chiang Mai Day 06 – Doi Suthep
Chiang Mai Day 07 – Samoeng Loop
Chiang Mai Day 08 – Doi Inthanon
Chiang Mai Day 6

Doi Suthep

We began the day with plenty of food, ordering yellow curry THB89/4 and red curry that we shared THB89/4, and three plates of rice for myself THB30). After settling the tab, we all grabbed our bags and jumped on the new van (get someone from Jira's homestay to call for the times beforehand) that went straight into the city of Chiang Mai for a mere THB35, that ended up dropping us off at Tapae gate. Read more
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Crazier Horse Buttress

Chiang Mai Day 01-03 – Crazy Horse Buttress
Chiang Mai Day 04-05 – Crazier Horse Buttress
Chiang Mai Day 06 – Doi Suthep
Chiang Mai Day 07 – Samoeng Loop
Chiang Mai Day 08 – Doi Inthanon
Chiang Mai Day 4

The Arrival of Friends

The sun was out in all its glory that morning, prompting us to quickly grab our climbing gear and to head out to the Crazy Horse Buttress as soon as we could! We decided to head straight to the Furnace this time around, mainly because of the number of times that we had passed by the wall. The two routes that we decided to warm up on were located on the far left of the wall and had their anchors veering off to the right so we made it a point to watch our rope management with the tree as we lowered off. Read more
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Crazy Horse Buttress

Chiang Mai Day 01-03 – Crazy Horse Buttress
Chiang Mai Day 04-05 – Crazier Horse Buttress
Chiang Mai Day 06 – Doi Suthep
Chiang Mai Day 07 – Samoeng Loop
Chiang Mai Day 08 – Doi Inthanon
Chiang Mai Day 1

Songthaews

We made our way, bright and early, out of Chiang Mai's Tha Phae Gate (East Gate) and eastwards to Warorot Market (ตลาดวโรรส), the point where the yellow songthaews that made their way to Mae On District for the buttress of Crazy Horse supposedly waited. We hadn't had much time at all to see the city since we had arrived in Chiang Mai late the day before, but that hadn't left me discouraged in the slightest as we had travelled all this way predominantly for the excellent rock climbing that Chiang Mai was reputed to have on offer. Read more
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Mount Nuang (Janda Baik)

Via Kuala Pangsoon - Via Janda Baik

Mount Nuang


The Janda Baik trail is an alternative trail that leads up to Mt. Nuang from the other side of the mountain, and was one that I had been contemplating ever since I hiked Nuang via Kuala Pangsoon. The plans for this hike were made last minute after a few of our plans for that public holiday had fallen through. So with the car packed full of daypacks and people, and the GPS route preloaded on my Suunto Ambit, we set off for the ride up to Janda Baik early, well before daybreak. Read more

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Yangshuo Day 07 – White Mountain & The Egg

Yangshuo Day 01 & 02 – Treasure Cave
Yangshuo Day 03 – Pantao Hill
Yangshuo Day 04 – Chicken Cave
Yangshuo Day 05 – Moon Hill
Yangshuo Day 06 – Xingping
Yangshuo Day 07 – White Mountain & The Egg

White Mountain


White mountain is a massive crag that is about 200 metres long. The crag has a myriad of climbing routes to choose from, although they tend to be fairly sustained climbs and lean towards the more difficult grades. More than half of the routes that you can find there are graded at 7b and higher, but there are a couple of routes for beginner climbers that are around 6a. Read more
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Yangshuo Day 06 – Xingping

Yangshuo Day 01 & 02 – Treasure Cave
Yangshuo Day 03 – Pantao Hill
Yangshuo Day 04 – Chicken Cave
Yangshuo Day 05 – Moon Hill
Yangshuo Day 06 – Xingping
Yangshuo Day 07 – White Mountain & The Egg

Xingping


The plan that day was to hike for 16 km from the town of Xingping (Mandarin : 兴平市) to Shuiyantou, which was just across the river from the town of Yangdi. The hike was to be along roads that flanked the scenic Li River for almost the entire way, and involved two river crossings--the first crossing over from the east bank of the river to Lengshui, and the second from Quanjiazhou and back over to the east bank of the river once again. Read more
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Yangshuo Day 05 – Moon Hill

Yangshuo Day 01 & 02 – Treasure Cave
Yangshuo Day 03 – Pantao Hill
Yangshuo Day 04 – Chicken Cave
Yangshuo Day 05 – Moon Hill
Yangshuo Day 06 – Xingping
Yangshuo Day 07 – White Mountain & The Egg

Moon Hill Approach


Moon Hill (Mandarin: 月亮山) is a hill that has a nicely formed semicircular arch that cuts right through the middle of it. The arch is all that is left of what was once a limestone karst cave that has long since eroded. Moon Cave lies a few kilometres south of the town of Yangshuo and only requires a very short and easy hike to get to. The accessibility of the hill and its iconic status makes it a very popular attraction with tourists. Read more
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Yangshuo Day 04 – Chicken Cave

Yangshuo Day 01 & 02 – Treasure Cave
Yangshuo Day 03 – Pantao Hill
Yangshuo Day 04 – Chicken Cave
Yangshuo Day 05 – Moon Hill
Yangshuo Day 06 – Xingping
Yangshuo Day 07 – White Mountain & The Egg

Chicken Cave


It was raining once again that morning, which meant that it had rained for three days in a row. We had already made plans to head to 'Chicken Cave' the next time it rained, as the guidebook had stated that that crag was one of the best places to climb in wet weather. The others were not so keen on cycling the same way all over again though, so Lily said that she will call a taxi (CNY40/5) for us whilst we went out to get some glutinous rice and sausage (Mandarin: 香肠, CNY7) for lunch later on. Read more
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Yangshuo Day 03 – Pantao Hill

Yangshuo Day 01 & 02 – Treasure Cave
Yangshuo Day 03 – Pantao Hill
Yangshuo Day 04 – Chicken Cave
Yangshuo Day 05 – Moon Hill
Yangshuo Day 06 – Xingping
Yangshuo Day 07 – White Mountain & The Egg

Pantao Hill


Pantao Hill is a karst tower that overlooks the town of Yangshuo, and affords amazing views of the town nestled cosily in-between the hills. The hike up to the peak makes for a nice and short excursion, and gives your climbing muscles some time to recover. The path itself can be quite tedious to locate as there are no signs that point the way, but you shouldn't have too much trouble if you follow the directions below. Read more
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Yangshuo Day 01 & 02 – Treasure Cave

Yangshuo Day 01 & 02 – Treasure Cave
Yangshuo Day 03 – Pantao Hill
Yangshuo Day 04 – Chicken Cave
Yangshuo Day 05 – Moon Hill
Yangshuo Day 06 – Xingping
Yangshuo Day 07 – White Mountain & The Egg

Yangshuo


The first time I heard of Yangshuo (Mandarin: 阳朔) was during the final stages of the "Kailas Trip to China" competition that the climbing site 'ILooove.it' was hosting. I may not have won the trip to Yangshuo for the climbing festival, but I did manage to win a pair of Kailas 9a climbing pants in the process! Read more
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Berkelah Waterfall

Waterfalls of Malaysia

Berkelah Waterfall


Berkelah Waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls in Malaysia. The impressive series of multiple cascades that you can find there and its accessibility make it easy to see why that is so. Unfortunately, one is reminded very quickly that with throngs of people comes mounds of rubbish. Read more

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Chemerong Waterfall

Waterfalls of Malaysia

Chemerong Waterfall


Reputed to tower upwards of 300 metres is the mighty Chemerong Waterfall, located in the Pasir Raja Forest Reserve in Dungun, Terengganu. The waterfall lies at the trailhead for the Chemerong-Berembun-Langsir (CBL) hike, which is located fairly close to the main entrance of the Chemerong Forest Reserve. A short, hour-long hike from there will bring you to the base of the waterfall. Read more

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Kitty's Gorge

Top Trails of Western Australia

Serpentine National Park


Serpentine National Park is located at the foot of the Darling Scarp, just east of Perth. The Serpentine River that runs down the slopes has carved out a valley of polished granite that ends at the well-known Serpentine Falls. Read more

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Ijen Crater


Getting to Banyuwangi


It was still very early in the morning when I clambered into the sweltering bus that was heading to Banyuwangi from the Ubung bus terminal in Bali. Still bleary-eyed from the lack of sleep, I paid the IDR850k for the bus ticket - a rate that seems to have been standardised amongst all the bus services, and included the cost of the ferry from Gilimanuk to Ketapang - and squeezed my way through the narrow rows trying to find an unoccupied seat next to the window. I knew we would be travelling west on the coastal road, so in order to get the views of the coast, I made sure that the seat was on the left side of the bus. Read more

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Western Arthur Range Campsites

Western Arthur Range Index

Western Arthur Range Campsites


Western Arthurs Campsite 1 - Junction Creek
Western Arthurs Campsite 2 - Lake Cygnus
Western Arthurs Campsite 3 - Lake Oberon
Western Arthurs Campsite 4 - High Moor
Western Arthurs Campsite 5 - Haven Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 6 - Promontory Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 7 - Lake Rosanne
Western Arthurs Campsite 8 - Seven Mile Creek
The campsites that can be found in and along the Western Arthur Range tend to be fairly limited in their size and maximum capacity. Despite this, hikers are still encouraged to restrict their camping to only the designated campsites in order to limit the impact to the environment and to prevent the formation of other new sites. Read more

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