Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Gunung Nuang

Finally a mountain after a long time and this one, I believe, would make way to many more in the coming days. This happened by chance and was an eleventh hour decision and also a last minute inclusion into an already formed group. No trainings, no preparation. Just packed my bag and set out for the climb.

Gunung Nuang, at an height of 1493 mts (4898 ft) ASL, is one of the popular mountains for hiking in the state of Selangor in Malaysia. They say it is the second toughest mountain in Peninsula Malaysia after Gunung Tahan. Many climb Gunung Nuang as a prior training to climb Mt.Kinabalu or Gunung Tahan. The total distance of the route from Range Office (starting point) to summit is around 10kms with first 3+ kms involving trekking while the remaining involves hiking with 2-3 ankle/knee deep streams crossing in the beginning. The mountain is covered by thick forest and about 1/4th - 1/3rd of the hiking distance is steep at nearly 70+ degrees slope. There is also a fake summit in the route at 1220mts ASL. One has to descend from there further down for about 30 mins before doing a final assault of the real summit.

Enroute some of us saw a foot length millipede and a really huge frog. Wow! Never seen like them before. Unfortunately I didn't take much photographs this time and I really don't know why. However managed to take atleast a few just for the memories in the long run.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


In Google Images, try searching for "flowers". The resulting first page will be full of pictures of flowers . Search for "petals", you'll get only petals (atleast first few pages). Now search for "corolla". The resulting first page will have only pics of Toyota Corolla and not even a single pic of any flower's corolla. Strange!!