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Saturday, 27 January 2018

KDCF Peak Solo Relax

Edited Relive video

Edited the original Relive video - not sure exactly how to make Endomondo place the photos more carefully into since the photos are time-stamped with GPS location. I've changed the app settings to allow manual update so hopefully that works.

Taking a break upon reaching Unity Peak...

Monday, 22 January 2018

Bukit Unyang Recce 14th Jan 2018

Trig Station at Unyang Peak

Brief notes

  • Bukit Unyang is located Northeast of Kanching Waterfalls, in Hutan Rizab Kanching.
  • Trailhead towards Bukit Unyang is located after Level 7 of Kanching Falls.
  • Some old tape markers left by earlier explorers exists along the trail.
  • We did most of our bushwhacking works independently of the markers but somehow we stumbled upon them from section to section.
  • The last section at the false peak before crossing the saddle over to the Unyang peak is the toughest.
  • At the false peak, we could see Bukit Bunga Buah, Bukit Boyan and Bukit Tunggul.
  • All of the three primary obstacles are there - bamboo, thorny palm trees and thick ferns.
  • The overall distance from trailhead to the peak is about 2.5 km. Time to hike is about 3 hours.
  • The altitude according to RSO map is 730 metres.
  • After the last river crossing post level 7, there are no more stream crossing.
  • Leeches are present along the way until before the false peak.
  • Good to know - the waterfall/river that flows down is Sungai Chul Tinggi.

Bukit Unyang track

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Trekalogue: The Highlands Eco-Challenge II 2017

Long Tanid in Long Semadoh, Sarawak

Last July, Forum Masyarakat Adat Dataran Tinggi Borneo (Formadat) organised once more the highlands eco-challenge right at the highlands of Borneo spanning Sabah, Sarawak and Kalimantan. This is the second in the series whose inaugural event was conducted in 2015. The event is supported by World Wide Fund (WWF) Sarawak since inception. Alicia Ng of WWF Sarawak, who was on the field to coordinate the event, quoted a few challenges in organising such events, especially being new, is how to create and heighten the awareness of ecotourism in the Borneo Highlands, as well as how to generate more publicity for more participation by enthusiasts, forest lovers and trekkers alike. In supporting Formadat in their long term objectives, she hopes WWF will achieve more mileage in the coming years by helping Formadat to guide the local communities to manage a bulk part of the ecotourism and to promote cultural diversity.

Overall programme of Highlands Eco-Challenge II

This round, two eco-challenge trails were featured, the short 5 days 4 nights ‘Jungle Exploration’ trail and the highlight of all trekking packages, the 10d9n ‘Heart of Borneo Experience’ whose journey combines four-wheel drive and traverse trekking from Sipitang in Sabah through into Sarawak with a couple of days spent in Kalimantan villages. The entire journey was enveloped within the highlands of an average of 1,000 metres above sea level, which guaranteed an overall chilling experience for all. I took the short trip which covered locations Kota Kinabalu-Sipitang-Long Pa’ Sia’-Long Semadoh-Lawas. The extended trip has Ba’ Kelalan-Long Bawan-Long Layu-Ba Siuk-Pa Dalih-Bario added. In addition, the latter bears the transboundary triangle that covers the key village for each of the states. Participants for this trail gets to experience a different culture and get additional stamp on their passports!