19thth Jan - (optional)- Scheduled to go to Datuk. I didn't go because I had to do something in church.
20th Mar - Scheduled to go to Angsi, but changed last minute because it rained during the week and it was advisable to climb Datuk. I didn't go because we had gotong-royong in church.
12th Apr - Scheduled to go to Datuk. Most climbers couldn't make it, so we canceled the climb.
26th Apr - (Replacement for 12th Apr) - The organisers decided on Angsi. I didn't go because I had to bake cookies for BCM Open Day on the 1st May.
1st May - Scheduled for Angsi. It was too near the Apr 26 hike, so we decided to skip it. Messner (Peter Lim) organised a Nuang hike instead. From our group, Peter Lai and Doc James went for it.
17th May - Additional Hike - We went to Datuk. Weather was hot and no leeches were seen. Thank God.
7th June - Scheduled for Datuk but we went to Angsi because the organisers felt it was a better training hike than Datuk.
So here's my story :-
We walked along the stream for a bit, took pics while we still had breath. :) It was an easy trail. Just had to watch out muddy areas and of course, the blood sucking leeches.
Eh, why are we going down instead of up?!!
At his point of time, Doctor James and Lu Ai and her friend decided not to continue the hike. Doctor James had knee problem and Lu Ai's friend had fever.
After a while, KG went ahead of us and we didn't see him till we reach the hillary hill. Min Chee's leg started having cramps and had to stop once in a while.
About 15 minutes to the summit, we saw Hendry and William descending. KG radioed for help because two of the youths who were with him had leg cramps.
After walking for another half an hour, we reached the summit. According to Karim's watch the time was 12.07PM.
Coming down the hillary hill wasn't as bad as last year, but I still hated it.
We took a breather here. Min Chee's got free massage on both knees.
Most of the time, the pathway was flat. It was an easy walk here. RW and I walked ahead of the others.
The second stream. Water level wasn't high, so we were able to cross over without taking off our shoes.
I didn't any pics of the 1st stream when we descended, and this picture was taken opporsite the place where KG will called for leech check.
About one minute later, we saw all the cars haphazardly parked everywhere. I didn't care so much because I was glad the ordeal was over. No more climbing Angsi again. The fear of leeches and the hillary hill had put me off climbing this mountain.
It was 1 minute to 4PM when we reached the car park.
So let me summarise -
7.45 AM left church
8.30 AM start asending
11.05AM at the hillary hill
11.35 AM left the hillary hill
12.40 PM left the summit
3.59PM reached the foothill
3 1/2 hours to ascend and 3 hours 20 mins to descend.