Monday, May 21, 2007

Bukit Tabur climb

According to NST, Bukit Tabur / Klang Gates Ridge is the world's longest quart ridge! Surprising huh, not many have even heard of Bukit Tabur when i mentioned it.

Newayz, I went there for a climb and photo shooting yesterday. As usual, it was a last minute thingy. Had 4 plus hours of sleep and woke up at an ungodly hour of 6.30am and gathered at 8am in Melawati. By the time we reached the starting point, it was 9am.

I was actually told to carry at least 1.5L of water and i thought what the heck, it'll be heavy and i don't really need that much water in 4 hours right?! Man, was i wrong!!

Brought a small 600ml Spritzer mineral water only and i would have finish them all in 1/4 journey if i had enough supply! Had to reserve for the rest of the journey though, so i painstakingly did small sips along the way. In fact, everyone in the group ran out of water by 1/2 or 3/4 of the journey eventhough they brought the big bottle. Felt dehydrated and what motivated us? The thought of getting icy cold SPARKLING RIBENA when we get back to civilization!! kekeke

Going up was steep and then it was up and down from peak to peak along the ridge. Totally enjoyed climbing the quartz rock! The entire journey took longer than expected. Normal hike takes about 3-4 hours and we took 5 hours!! ick!

Why? Well, we stopped for pictures, human traffic jam and a lot of waiting. At one point, we waited for an hour for a few fellas cause one of the girls in the group was afraid of height and took a while to gain confidence and proceed. Glad she made it all the way!

Let's checkout the pics!

Going up

Checkout the long vein of ridge shaped like a backbone there

Hiking along the ridge

Picture taken from another peak. Once reaching the top, most of the trail is like that, you go up a peak, then go down again and up another peak. Footing is far and between here so we gotta use our arms' strength to pull ourselves up with help of the rope.

Again, both shots above were taken from one peak to another. I was like, we're gonna do THAT?! Cool! :D

Klang Gates Dam on the left.

The bunch of blue buildings is UIAM (err.. University Islam ... Malaysia) campus.

KL Tower and Twin Towers seem real tiny from here

Passed an orchard on the way down. Jackfruit trees, durian trees, etc. :)

Like this shot :) I was tempted to go back and strike a post there too but at that time, i've sweat a river and running out of water... so, lazy lah..haha.. i plan to go back there again anyway so maybe next time eh :)

Decided to make this pic smaller coz it's kinda gross... hehehe... As you can see, my toenails are now PURPLE!! :P.. Well, at least they didn't fall right off! :) Also have small blisters on my fourth and fifth toes. Got all these while trekking downhill.

All in all, it was a good experience and i enjoyed shooting along the way! Slept for 4 hours after i came back and drank 3 cans of 100 plus to kill dehydration. More pics on the private web album, lemme know if you want the link :)


Kenzomay said...

Amoi, this Bukit near my place ler.. used to be there with IITC gangs too... hehehe... it is really a nice place. Well, there's another place near Zoo Negara, not sure you have been there or not. Interested? I can ask my friend to bring us there... ;)

ashlight said...

cool~! i'm interested!! what's the name of the place? Is it easier or more challenging than Bukit Tabur? How many hours to go up and down?

I'll check with the IITC gang and see if anyone else is interested :)

ashlight said...

hey, if you guys reading are reading this... let us knoe if you're interested eh :)

Kenzomay said...

Actually I've not been there too... :p My friend show me the photos, it's nice... Got waterfall... Well, I'll send you the details later.. :D

Kenzomay said...

Kemensah Waterfall
Jungle Trek & River Trek

Planned Date: 1st July (Sunday)
Time: 7:00am
Meet at Zoo Negara


ashlight said...

I'm IN!! Will check with the others and see if they're interested. Btw, how many ppl at your side?