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Kinabalu via Timpohon Day 2 - Low's Peak

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The Ascent


No matter how early one goes to bed, one can never get enough sleep in Laban Rata (elevation : 3272m). 'Supper', which is a simple and light meal of bread, rice or noodles, is served at 02:00, and the hike to the summit starts in darkness not too long after. I joined a long procession of hikers that were armed with headlamps and bundled in jackets, that made their way up the trail, all of them eager to make the 1.5 kilometres to 'Sayat Sayat Hut' (elevation : 3668m) before the 05:00 cut-off time. 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 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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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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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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Stirling Ridge Walk - Day 1

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Fence Track to Ellen's Peak


Despite taking almost two hours, the long 6 km walk along the Boundary Fence Track from the (Phytophthora cinnamomi) dieback control barrier (just after the Gnowellen Road junction) to the entrance of the Stirling Range National Park was rather uneventful. Everyone seemed to be in an intrepid mood despite ending up with soggy boots early on after foolishly attempting to cross a flooded section with our footwear on. Read more
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