UPDATED 29th March 2009.
It was bound to happen I guess. Bukit Batu Tambur IS dangerous. I've been going there for the past 7 years. I've been amazed that there have been no untoward incidents. Well things have changed now.
Those of you who've followed me know that one wrong step and some poor sod would have to scrape you ass of the rocks at least 100 meters below.
I went there about a month ago and sure enough - 1 death and 2 more accidents (punctured lung I think) all in the space of maybe the past 6 - 8 months. More gruesome is the recent deaths of the two doctors who fell nearby (go HERE for more).
I've never liked going there especially with large groups. More importantly there were groups who are not wood crafty or understand the outdoors. BBT IS DANGEROUS. Many of the rocks are coming loose. The soil is soft and unstable especially after the rains. There are too many people there who don't respect the terrain. How many times have we seem groups climbing up vertically right behind each other. One clown falls and he takes the whole circus tumbling down 200 meters of limestone. I also see people just grabbing at branches and rocks without testing the strength and stability.
There are many warning signs now but I still see too many people taking it as a fun day out. The main rope climb down now has an alternative route where you scramble down the brush with the aid of more ropes so its not so bad. Now the challenge is negotiating on coming traffic (normally the more experienced climbers or regulars who sometimes tend to bully people off the path - some not all. The majority are cool).
Anyway, it's still a beautiful place. It just needs the respect it deserves.
Original Post - 10.31pm, 10th October 2007
So the weekend came and I shrugged off the Saturday night's booze from 21 at Changkat Bkt. Bintang and woke up at a godawful hour to head out to Bukit Batu Tabur near the Klang Gates Dam in Ampang. The I'll Get Up In 5 Minutes curse hit me so Bart August and I started the climb up the hill at about 8.30am, a bit late as the sun gets hot at the top around 10am on wards. It took us about 2 and half hours as we were stuck behind this group with a whiney, moaning human being.
Its been two years since my last trip and I was relieved as it was just the two of us. All the previous trips was stressful as I would be leading herds of 10 and above where I would be waiting to hear some clown fall of the edge.
Bukit Batu Tabur is supposedly the largest quartz outcrop in the country. It acts as a barrier for the Klang Gates Dam. In the distance on a clear day, Genting is easily visible for all to see.
Kayel in the distance and the apartments below where we would eventually finish our climb.
There were a lot more groups today compared to in the past. There were at least 8 people ahead of us and 3 behind. About 10 passed us coming from the opposite direction from the orchard entrance. (we took the entrance from the dam gate).
The Serani feller discovers religion.
Bart On Top O' The World.
Uuhhh...Bart slightly more On Top Of the World.
This is steepest free style climb. Looks tough but manageable.
My Sensitivity Shot for the day...
The shot of the rocky terrain we had to scramble along.
Part of Ampang in the background.
Some cover from the blazing sun.
All in all this is the best complete workout for the body. You're climbing, you're working on your flexibility, you're using your legs while working on your balance. You get a great view of the Klang Valley on one side and the Karak Highway and its respective developments on the other and of course the calm lake waters of the dam. The air is cool when you under the brush and trees. Bring along some sandwiches and crack open a bottle of ice cold sugar cane water and enjoy one of the best views in town.