Friday, August 14, 2009

Gunung Nuang, Ulu Langat.



It doesn't matter if you're Chuck Norris, a life time member of Fitness First with an 18" boner and nipples of Kryptonite. Gunung Nuang will test one and all.

At almost 1,500 meters its a tough 6 hour climb to the top and another 6 down. No going down doesn't necessarily mean faster. Not some parts seem like their about 70 degree descents.

I always avoided Nuang as the reports were far from seductive - 12 hour hike with not that much of a view from the so called highest point in the state of Selangor. That and the at least twice yearly reports of campers getting lost or separated from groups only to be found by rangers a day later also gave the place the impression of - 'please the local spirits'. That and stories of hikers losing their way after getting disoriented from weariness or dehydration. Anyway that was what we heard 8 years ago when we recon-ed the district for an outdoor event.

However when i got invited by Joe and the Hiongster to follow them up one Saturday I thought it would be a great workout as I was behind on my training for Mount Agung. Agung takes 6 hours to climb.

It constantly surprises me that even in our thick tropical forests there are folks who truly enjoy the great outdoors. Nuang is a camping haven for many who pitch up their tents overnight to enjoy the sounds of the night from creatures great and small. Many pitch up near the burbling streams and little water falls while some make their way up to Camp Lolo and Camp Pacat (cue zombie attack soundtrack).







The Bottom Line - Nuang is great prep for anyone tackling Gunung Kinabalu or other trails. Forget lugging your little packs up Gasing Hill. Hit Nuang once a month with some gym work and you're good to go. If you love a tropical night in the jungle - i assume its not that bad given you have some good grub, a nice fire and Marvin Gaye playing over the Ipod.

Anyone attempting it should ration their water and food for all 12 hours. Budget to get back to the base by 6pm. There will always be delays - sore muscles, blistered feet, just plain energy running out. Once it's dark its going to be a bitch coming down especially if you're on the jungle paths where the trail is marked by ribbons.

I suggest screwing the rules OR waiting for the Ranger to turn up at 7.30am. Put a note and your phone numbers in the booth and start up at 6am. You navigate the broader dirt road for an hour by torch light where by the time you hit the jungle trail it will see the early rays of dawn. This gives you peaking at noon chilling for half hour and heading back by 6.30pm.

Keep mental markers - Two rest huts on the Endless Road, orang asli camp after on the left, start of jungle trail, water pipe, mini dam, camp sites, Camp Lolo, Camp Pacat, log one across path, log 2 across path, etc

Gear to bring along - torch (with fresh batteries), at least 2 litres of water, energy bars, raincoat, shoes with grip, some stuff with salt, a walking stick for those not used to long hikes or carrying injuries and lots of patience.

I'm actually tempted to head back just for my Agung training. Its not pretty but it should do the work.

*PICTURES COURTESY OF THE HIONGMEISTER

9 comments:

Ally Bedhouin said...

Nuang was fun - especially when I took my shoes off to cross the river/ wet bits! Only made it to Lolo - started too late.

Coming down nearly killed my knees - who knew downhill could be so hard?

Chindiana said...

The Bedhouin in a jungle??? Impressive!

The descent is ALWAYS worse. But its not considered or stored at the back of your mind till the toe nails start breaking/bleeding, the cramps leave you particularly immobile, your muscles are so sore they feel like the their being pierced by the angry nails of a spurned woman... whoa, too much coffee...

ah lim said...

wah what is this? mountain of torture?

Chindiana said...

Ah Lim! yeah quite tough. almost torture. still can't beat 3 drunk men singing Bon Jovi in a karoake.

Josie said...

luckily you didn't tell me anything about the 'pleasing the spirits' part wei, or else i don't think i would have dared to make the trek back without the others.

and a few of my toe nails have funky colours on em. got a nagging feeling it's gonna fall off. the nails, that is, not the toes. :P

Chindiana said...

Josie! well it was unsubstantiated so I didn't bother to say anything. Nothing much we coulda done anyway. maybe say a prayer before we pee in the bushes...

Nex said...

Ah...memories...I miss the days when I could blaze up & dwn Nuang like it wasn't there...

Chindi, if you remeber, this mountain was where Mr Jay fell into a hole holdng my unsheathed machette...

And always wrap your toes in layers of bandage for the descend to cushion them...

C. Andres Alderete said...

This makes me feel guilty for being hung over right now.

Chindiana said...

Ahhhh Nex, Mr J.... hahaha! I just descend on Old Lady Autopilot.

Its slow but gets the job done!

Carlos!!!! ACTUALLY - i went up Nuang with no sleep. was clubbing until about 2.30am, went home showered, got pretty and headed to meet the group at pick up point at 4.30am! I was one hung over grumpy bastard on the trail. Suffice to say i painfully sweated out all the booze from my system by 11am!