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A blog about Eng Lee's life, a freelance programmer in Royal Klang Town (Malaysia).

Monday, April 25, 2005

Gunung Ledang (Mt. Ophir) Trip

Last friday (22.04.2005) night, when I was still painting my house, my brother who was painting together with me suddenly told me that they were planning to climb Gunung Ledang on Saturday morning. It's a little bit too late to tell me, but that was the only time I was with my brother after my Redang trip. I remembered it was 2:00am that night when I finished packing my things.

We began our journey to Tangkak, Johor early in the morning at 6:00am (23.04.2005). With me was my brother, WeeSeng, BoonSeng, KenSeng, WinSeng and ZerPing. My brother was driving that morning until halfway, he started to fall asleep and I continued the journey until we finally reached Tangkak at around 8:30am. We had our breakfast at a chicken rice stall in a hotel. After that we continued our way to Gunung Ledang. Reached the bottom of the hill at around 10:00am after some registration and made some payment. Unexpectedly, the place has became very commercialised where we need to pay so much money to climb the hill. We are required to play RM1 per person and RM2 per car to enter the place. Besides that, we must hire a guide to go with us which costs around RM100. There's charges again for each of us to climb the hill.

We finally started hiking at around 10:00am to get to "check point 4" (a campsite). At around 12:00pm we managed to reach the place and set up our tent. We had our lunch and prepared ourselves to climb the hill at the campsite. After leaving all our haversacks in the tents, we are far more prepare for hiking. Started our hiking at around 2:00pm. The path is quite easy in the beginning until we met some part where we have to use ropes to climb over big rocks. Hand power is rather important in those parts. Other parts will require lots of thigh powers where you need to climb up the slopes. Along the way, we can hear the sound of the water flowing. We need to go across the river few times. Luckily, the water is odourless where we can drink the water along the way until the last check point. We finally reached the peak at around 5:30pm. Our main activity up there was taking photos. We planned to see sun set before heading down as opposed to the normal plan where other climbers of Gunung Ledang will wake up early in the morning (at around 3:00am) to hike and to see sun rise. However, it was not our day. The sky is getting dark and the clouds started to block our views. Too bad! We finally decided to go down at around 7:00pm. The journey got tougher when the sky got darker. The hardest part of the trip for me was to climb down the rope (doing something like abseiling) in the dark. It was not too dangerous if you have enough hand power. Along the way, torch light and extra batteries were the most essential things at that time! I can't remember what time we reached campsite. We bathed, dined and finally slept there until the second day. We were too tired!

Woke up at 8:00am. We ate everything we brought. Fed the fishs with some breads. Then, we took some time to clear the place before leaving the campsite at around 10:30am. We bathed at the public toilet when we reached the bottom of the hill at around 12:00pm. After we left the place, we drove to Muar to meet WeeSeng's friend, Shirley and walk around the place. One of the popular famous food of the place we managed to eat was "otak-otak". Spent quite a lot of time there, but we all were not at the mood the walk that day. We finally reached home at around 10:30pm (24.04.2005). A great unplanned and unprepared trip! (But tiring as well!)


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