Sunday, July 1, 2007

Irau Hike , May 2007

On May 26th of 2007 a group of 10 brave hikers hiked up Mount Irau as was done by the seniors the year before. This year, there were 6 junior members, 3 senior members and 1 chaperone who braved the mountain peak.

The journey started at 6.30 a.m. when we left for the base of Mount Irau at Cameron Highlands. It was a 3 hour journey to the base where along the way there were pit stops and breakfast before the journey began.

At 10 a.m. we were ready with out back packs and started hiking. Along the way there were rough terrains such as rock, roots and worst of all mud. The mud there was so deep that you could sink up to your knees if you just jumped into it. Thankfully only some parts were like that. About 3 or 4 spots have mud that deep; the others were just about more or less ankle deep. Having at least 5 kilos or more to carry on your back while climbing, jumping, holding on to branches and walking through mud is quite a challenge but then again, challenge is what this club is all about. Along the way up, we saw things you don’t catch often in the urban jungle. There are pitcher plants, butterflies, mushrooms that look delicious but trust me, they aren’t edible… and there are also sights, smells and sounds of the forest that just makes you feel serene that just can’t be found in the city.

Along the way up, we bump into trackers who were there to just hike up to the peak and then hike down again on the same day. They were friendly and were at an event where about 50 people hiked up and down the mountain in a day. At 5 in the evening, we reached Anak Irau and made camp as it was getting late. We set up tent and the ground sheet where we sat and played cards and mafia till dark.

At 7p.m. we made steamboat for dinner and we did it all in a tent! Yes, in a tent because it started raining outside and we couldn’t spoilt our fabulous steamboat up on a mountain for some droplets of water. 10 people squeezed into one, yes, one tent, sat around the stove and had our steamboat. Boy was it hot in there that night.

After dinner, it was lights out and we separated into a boys only tent and a girls only tent before lights out. For the girls side, it was smooth sailing while for the boys, it wasn’t so. The tent we were sleeping in was set up on soft mud and we were constantly worried whether will the tent stay up or will it topple in no time.

In the morning, when we woke up, the tent was nearly touching ducky’s face. It was slanting to one side and thank God it didn’t fall on us throughout the night. At 9 in the morning we packed up and started hiking back down. Going down was much easier and faster then going up and we made it to the base of mount Irau at 3p.m., a good 2 hours faster than hiking up. After successfully making it down, we drove around Cameron highlands to do some souvenir and strawberry shopping. All in all, this was another successful challenge set by the members of Sky Adventure Club.

At the beginning

On the way up

At Mont Irau

It's time to go down