Saturday, February 28, 2009

Lost In The Jungle Part B

Experience Two
Mountain: Gunung Besar Hantu
Height: 1462 m/4795ft
Location: Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan.
Year happening : 2008







After reaching the peak of Gunung Besar Hantu, and it was on our way back, one of our group member had trekked faster than the rest, probably the weather was gloomy and it looked like going to rain. And so she walked alone ahead of the rest of the team, when we were trekking from behind.

Later she related that she was trekking the same trail for at least two to three times, turning round and round at the same location.

Had she not found us who came behind her, she would have gone towards the direction to the peak instead of coming out of the mountain.

Lesson : Always trek in group/with buddy, and again, never, never take things for granted even though one may have lots of experience in trekking.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Supporting Through Food Donation

Cik Ros welcomed us at the Nestle Office to collect the sponsored goods,



From handing over to us the Power Bars,



To us channeling it to the volunteer rescue team coordinator Zamz



There was a flow of power, to provide support for one common objective, to attempt to search for Ayat, the trekker who was lost for the last 12 days in Gunung Yong Yap. Perak & Kelantan Borders

With others that contributed in one way or another in charity, may the power of these human touch flows out to touch lives.



Note : Appealing for Food Donation of food for the volunteers and support team will stops with immediate effect.( Feb 27, 2009 )

The last team of volunteer resue team of trekkers will leave for Lojing base camp tonight to assist the official recue operation team searching for the lost trekker.

Lost In the Jungle : Part A

Had some personal encounters N experiences on " Lost In The Jungle" during trekking expedition

1) Mount Ayam, ( 1480 M ) Kelantan,

Year happening : 2007

Location : Gunung Stong/Gunung Ayam Kelantan



Mountains like, Gunung Baha, Gunung Stong & Gunung Ayam, all are adjecent one to another in Jungle of Jelawang in Kelantan.


Happening : After a night of camping at Camp Baha, we trekkers took the Jelawang Jungle trail, trekked towards the peak of Gunung Ayam.





It was our first experience trekking in downpours, for almost 4-5 hours to the Gunung Ayam peak , the rain has gathered so much water that we felt like trekking in mini rivers and mini waterfall as we ascended and decended the mountain ranges.

Soaking wet and cold but breathing the fresh air.

Gunung Ayam was our second outing after Gunung Ledang,Johor, which went on smoothly and successful except some of us had overpacked and some underpacked our luggages.

We had improved but were still quite inexperience in a different terrain such as that of Gunung Ayam, so, all of us were very cautious and stick to one another, been accounted for each other and so on.




There were many cross junctions that we were unfamiliar with, though our group were consisted of trekkers who has different trekking speed,

Some were fast, their legs are light as wings, it was as if they could trek not on legs, but wings




and some were slow.



But we uphold team spirit, trekked in a team, and managed to the peak in the team.

After reaching the peak, we were waiting for the porter to arrive.

Of which he never did.

Later from our organiser, we got to know that porter said he had walked so fast ahead of us.

He then realised he has made a mistake in the presence of the wrong grouping of trekkers, of which their destination was Gunung Stong ( 1390 M ) whereas ours was Gunung Ayam.

He back trekked from Gunung Stong, by then the rain was so heavy, it slowed him down. He could not have caught up at all.

Next he was stranded by the river bank.

He wasn't able to go forward as the river bank had swelled to dangerous level for crossing.


Though we have just got to know each other, news on someone got lost from the group is no fun.

In another words, it was really no joke to hear & experience the news in itself let alone
searching for him after trekking the entire day without stop.

The incident had taken a toll on the organiser, and other team members were stressed out too.

Finally, The porter was, very clever to take care of his own safety by camping on his own, of which we were consoled and comforted.

we dreaded to think of what might have happened to him,....

..had he tried to cross the river by himself.

...the swift river flow after that rain,

....slippery river bed and unstable as well as moving rocks etc.

...it is scary even to imagine that.

Lessons to learn here : Beside safety as utmost importance, communication is also very important.

From this experience, we had learned that there is actually not much worth in rushing from one point to another, unless there is a valid reason to do so.

Even if there is, it is undesirable to rush in the deep forest & jungle which you might injure yourself accidently.

So we had no dinner on that particular night, and so was no breakfast the next morning, we trekked down from the peak.




It was a good opportunity learning to respond to different situations that arised on that instance.

We make do with whatever that we had, snack food like chocolate bars, we fed it to the children....... and we enjoyed the moon lit night at the Gunung Ayam peak, the beautiful sunrise the next morning.

In retrospect, it was alright to go without a meal or two on that particular trip only to gain a lesson or two on jungle survival.

To be careless and lost yourself ? Jangan Main Main....takut la!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Bukit Tabur : Danger Notice Translated Into Mandarin

Mandarin Version of Danger Notice



Translation from English to Mandarin was volunteered by Mok Shao Feng/Xiu Liang, both are from University Tunku Abdul Rahman.


警惕

- 当你登山时,请将安全放在第一.


Never take things for granted, danger is lurking every where


最好安全, 就是不要讓自己置身 " 險境"


A mis-step, an accident swing, to the right by trekker in orange, chances are the boy in green will be knocked down.


Click, to view the height of the cliff


爬下山崖有两个方法,第一个是利用左方的麻绳

慢慢 ,

慢慢的,

慢慢, 慢慢

慢慢........


The rope will not swing much when you come down slowly when your centre of gravity is balance.




第二个是往右方的斜坡走下。


- 注意:一旦握不紧麻绳,你将会堕入100150公尺高的悬崖。


View of accident prone spot from Bukit Mas housing estate.

- 这一处已曾经发生过三宗严重以外,伤势级恶,惨不忍睹。


- 请随时警惕与协助你身边的伙伴,不要乱丢垃圾。


- 若想获取更多有关Bukit Tabur登山详情,可以到


http://thetrekkers.blogspot.com参考

Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Sunrise Rises On Us Without Fail

We started the journey at the Klang Gate foot hill to trek up Bukit Tabur at 7 am.

We just can't resist to take a few snapshots when the magnificent scenes of sunrise appeared before our eyes while trekking, though it was not our intention to come N watch the sunrise.




The magnificent sunrise at Bukit Tabur.

While the rest of the members proceeded towards the first rope, to work on the solution at the danger spot.

I was happy, my heart was filled with so much joy & awe and happiness beyond description by words.

I can't help but to stay an extra 10 minutes to capture the beautiful sunrise in pictures.



All along the way to the intended destination, while trekking alone, a folk song that we used to sing when we were very little kept ringing in my heart and mind.

Well, how not to be hopeful, when it was yesterday, rainy & gloomy, or in whatever condition...

.....and lo & behold, today is a new day, the sun never fails to rise on us.

.......太阳下山明早依然爬上来 ----

.............明早依然爬上来

...............明早,

................明早,

..................明早.....

..明早依然爬上来

.................爬上来


The scenery are too beautiful to be kept for only me.


This is the most rewarding & lovely trekking trip for me.

I love to watch sunrise, it sends a warm message of hope to my heart & soul, reminding me to live life with good purpose, everyday!

Never mind what the condition of yesterday that has affected us, for tomorrow...........

....the sun will rise again, I am happy to be alive, to face another challenges, to enjoy another day.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Rope Enhanced For Safety


This is the rope that was enhanced for safety

click on picture or clearer view


Testing, testing, testing ............on the enhanced rope

Testing One by Rock Climber Lau





Testing Two by Regular Trekker Eric



Testing Three by Seasoned Trekker, Peter





Disclaimer :
Jungle trekking and Mountain climbing involves unavoidable risks. Trekking at certain dangerous spots in Bukit Tabur may require adequate strength, skills and maturity to ensure your own safety.

Our contributions and these few postings are but only a guide to the climbs. You are also advised not to rely solely on the information/descriptions contained on these pages.

The author or any of the contributors cannot be held responsible in any way for any mishap / accidents that happens to any trekkers /person.

Please use your own good judgment, if you do not observe utmost safety for yourself, no one else will.

These few days, it's been more tiring than usual,blogging, blogging, blogging,........etc....

Blogging is definately more challenging than mountain climbings.

Now the subject is done, I think I deserve a break..........

Go Gunung Bunga Buah in Genting Highland ?? or Broga Hill for photography & good makan, if not, Bukit Tabur will be a good place too.

Not forgetting all who has contributed and supported in one way or another to ensure safe trekking.

Everyone can really see your passion in whatever you do.

Need I say thank you again ?

Yes, i think so, Thank You & God Bless You

Bukit Tabur :Temporary Solution To Mitigate Danger At First Rope


Location : First Rope Bukit Tabur

Working on a temporary solution to mitigate the potential danger cause by the rope swinging towards left side of the rock.











  • Permanent Solution will be : Build a hanging bridge from Point A to Point B
and

Build a toll gate

"Help !! help, call for help.........'

" What happened ?

" who is it ? "

" don't ask, just call, help ! help! help, call for help!!!!!!!!!!"

" call what ? I don't know anything ! "

" my mobile has no credit la !"

" just call for help, don't waste time !!! "

" falling, falling ini, semua saya tak pandai ! "

" just call for help OK ! we need help. "

" my mobile's battery flat "

" look, what look ? look what ? don't count on me "
" I didn't push him down "

" what happened ? "

" somebody suggested toll gate.... "

" what , nothing better to do ah !!!"

" Oh..... Anything la, Whatever......! "

" I brought my 8 KG watermelon, who wanna come with me."

" Lau, you coming ? "

"yes ! I take my trekking bag "

" Eric, you coming ? "

" yes, yes ! let me pick up the rubbish first,"

" Hei, why so much noise, shouting for help ? "
" who fell down ? "

"Eiiii........... Peter ?"

"Peter ? "

" Ya Peter ! "

" Oh I forgot, where is Peter ? "

" Peter ? "

" Pe...ter "

"Pe....ter "

"Pe.........ter, Pe......... ter..........."

" Shout, shout, shout, bising bising bikin pekak only, don't shout la, Peter is in front Ok !! "

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Potential Dangers in Bukit Tabur


Would like to highlight some of our observations to fellow trekkers.

Location : at the First Rope of Bukit Tabur

1) Potential Danger No 1 : At the spot of the sand patch

There is a patch of sandy ground, mostly of loose sand at the edge of the rock, probably caused by erosion.



A trekker passed by to get down, stepping on the loose sand patch



The approximate size of the sand patch is 3 to 4 shoes put together side by side, if you stand here with both feet on the sand patch, once your body is off balance, it will be a fall of 100 to 150 meters down vertical drop/cliff.



Click on the picture for clearer view of the loose sand patch

2) Potential danger No 2 : The rope swing out while descending/ascending

Please take note of the boy in blue shirt, when he first started his descend, the rope is near to the left side of the rock.

As he came down, he must have lost his balance and swing to the right side of the rock.

The boy didn't find a footing to letch on his feet, he was hanging there holding the rope without support.

The picture was captured in a split of a second which I didn't prepared for, and thus the blurry image.

When the rope swings out, hang on to your dear life and try to manouver yourself towards the left side of the rock

Our rock climber Lau assisted him by giving the boy the red rope which he was working on to enhance the function of the existing rope.


and Peter helped him down further as he slowly get down here.


Having been involved in the rescue operation has left an impact in our life, personally I have heart can sometimes miss many beats, when I see trekkers coming down playfully, carelessly, gung-ho--ly ( if there is such a word for this ), too much of seeing this, I may get heart attack and die there.


Heard from fellow trekkers, there was an accident, the boy was holding the rope with one hand, and put up a peace sign on another for his friend to take picture.


and pooops, he fell down the cliff.( I have yet to confirm this )

3) Potential danger No 3 : carelessness

This is a set of pictures showing a playful teenager.


The teenager was swinging his body like a pendulum of a clock supporting his one hand on the rock & the other hand on the tree trunk.




Never, never, never ATTEMPT to do like what he did in this picture.

Life is precious than a few minutes of so call " fun ", be it to show off, be it to........ derive a kick or whatever....,whatever your idea of fun is,

Whoever, Whatever, anything you think goes.

Once accident happens, you kena !!!

We strongly advise any trekkers to observe common sense N safety measures to prevent untowards accident from happening.

It is perfectly alright to have fun in trekking, but it must be done with due concern to safety.

It's fine to get excitement on challenges

Quoting an opinion from an adventure guide, Taiping Goh
" The power of Mother Nature can never be under estimated. We as trekkers never CONQUERED any mountain. U could disagree me with this statement. My mentor Botak Chin only taught me 2 main things: (1) prepare for the worst, hope for the best (2)safety is the top priority."


and Quote fr Fongkahchun as below
fongkahchun86 wrote on Jun 3, '08
I guess everything boils down to individual trekking discipline. Be it the organiser and the trekkers themselves. As an organiser, we cannot always take things for granted. Even though some of us never has any incident or major accidents, safety can never be overlook. As a participating trekkers, it's also our discipline to be well-prepared and not to be stubborn especially to advises of someone who is very experience. 忠言逆耳,meaning good advises are usually unpleasant to the ears and hard to accept. So no matter how lazy we may be, how confident we are, there are always times for us to be well-behave so as not to spoil everyone's mood for the trek. Happy trekking!


Happy happy ya..................