Monday, August 15, 2016

Assalamualaikum
well well well... my beloved reader (is there any?) hahaha

last weekend, 13.08.16, i have actually successful in garnering strength to hike again after about 6 month hiatus (i am not sure if it is a correct term .. haha again). i manage to call up my long lost hiking friend Syamil Samli, which i havent seen in years to be my buddy for this hike. so, in a short span of time, no discussion, we opt to hike mount bunga buah, because of the location and it is amongst the easiest mountain to climb. (or is it so? jeng je jeng), maybe that is what Syamil thought. haha, sori mil, but that is one of the best moment.

so, the journey begins. i got up early that morning, jogs for 8.75km, and only then i rode to Gohtong Jaya to meet up with Syamil. from now on i abbreviated Syamil's as SS. with almost empty tank, i stopped at shell. first omen that something is going to turn ugly is that, my pant tore when i was about to unmounted the motorbike. man, that was a tragedy. it  tore right between the two thighs area. what luck.

halfway through the highway, came a downpour. yes, that is great, the road is slippery, visibility reduced and all other cars lorry's will slow down. just great. but, Alhamdullilah, i safely arrived in Gohtong at 9.30am. after quick breakfast at the only mamak shop there, Esfan Restoran, (Expensive, mind you). we start looking for the starting point. after 6 years, the starting point which is through private agriculture lands has been closed by fences 2 metres high. what a bummer. after wasting 30 minutes in search of entry point, we just enter the forest through some route at the corner of the shop houses besides a small Buddhist shrine.

and u know what? we lost the trail, because actually the trail we were following is to water catchment area for the shop houses usage below. and after that.. walla, we were puzzled. but because i do not want to waste my precious Saturday going back to KL without conquering GBB, we persisted on. and through what route? i made my own. haha. using parangs, i slashed the undergrowth for a good 30-40 minutes. climbing a very steep hillside,  we finally arrived at the old tar road, which should be the starting point in the first place. Alhamdullilah.

the trail after that is just one way, easy. twe hike for 2-3 hours, and we reached the summit by 2.35pm. after eaten lunch and Zohor prayer, we started descending.and here is where the pain starts. SS have injured the back of his knee, he felt sharp pain inside his knee, so he cannot bend his left knee well. because of his slow pace and we are following a different trail down (we follow some 42 hikers we met along the way), we reach the starting point at about 7.10pm. way past my intended ETA. really had been a long journey, and once again as a reminder, never again come unprepared. well, i will upload some photos just to safe keep it. see u any other time fellas! bye

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