Saturday, March 06, 2010

DAY 1 : Stong and Jelawang Hike : Nik Aziz's country here we come!

Trail Trackers made our first camping trip of the year from the 25th to the 29th of February 2010. It was a trip to Gunung Stong in Dabong Kelantan. 11 people went for the trip, original number was 12 but 1 pulled out. The trip started with a KTM ride up north to Nik Aziz Country.
I've always loved train ride and the buckling of the train on its track that seem to annoy many is part of the romance of sleeping in a train cabin. I also like to squint my eye and let the light from outside that stream through my window become diamonds floating in the night sky.With that i slowly fade into a blissful night sleep and awaken to a misty morning at a small train station in kelantan. A picture of Nik Aziz and a ridiculously cheap RM2 but very good dish of Nasi Kerabu Daging welcomed us...After that we had a tour of three caves named gua Gelap, Gua Pagar and Gua Keris. The caves weren't particularly outstanding or interesting, just your typical serving of stalagmite, stalactite and various cave dwellers like crickets and spiders. After the caves, we proceeded to Stong Resort, the starting point where we begin our climb up to baha camp at the top of jelawang falls.
Within minutes of our climb, we were exhausted and honestly half an hour hiking uphill carrying our 20kg backpack really showed us how unfit we city folk are. I really must workout more. But the waterfall infront of us at the half an hour point looked magnificent and you do get somewhat charged up for the trek ahead. However, the worst was yet to come,the trekking pace became unbelievably bad towards the end of the two hours. Myself, Eddie, Sum, Henry were resting for 5 minutes every time after walking barely three. However nobody gave up and we all managed to get to base camp which was a rather nice spot with a great hilltop vista and nice pools where we can dip.
The day ended with a good game of werewolves at the ledge of the waterfall under the gaze of a full moon...

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