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Mountain Rinjani Hike at Lombok, Part Two

Category : Hiking · No Comments · by May 4th, 2014

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Our guide arranged a truck for us that save another 20 minutes walking distance from Lembah Rinjani Homestay to starting point.

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Gorgeous view along the way, numbers of smaller mountain surrounding Mountain Rinjani.

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Backside of Mountain Rinjani, 1/5 of mountain on top are sandy rock, one or two trekking poles will definitely help on stabling steps from sliding backward and use hand strength to ease on tired legs while ascent. On descending, trekking poles will help on balancing and act as breaking while you “sliding down“. Yes, sliding down will be more wiser choice as it will consume less time and less burden on knee, but you will need to clear your shoes once a while as those rocks will slip-in.

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Our porters preparing on carrying those heavy stuffs (mostly foods and tents) on their shoulder. I have tried on carrying, it is heavy! Easily hit 20 kg especially with those mineral waters.

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Because of dry season on volcano area, dying trees and grass easily burn up during day time, a mask is necessary else will result hard breath or sore throat.

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Terrain that hardly seen at our country, Malaysia which normally surrounded by large amount of tall trees. Easily get nice photo shoot result with wide angle lens, worth carry extra load of my Pentax DSLR.

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Lunch time, porters are delegated with tasks such as preparing us a flatter ground to sit and lay down to rest, preparing meals by cooking with traditional wood fire way without gas stove.

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Our meal, fresh pineapple and biscuits as appetisers, main course with rice and soto ayam alike soup with mixed vegetables. Porters will only have their meals after serving us, truly thanks to them for all the hard work.

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Plawangan Sembalun, the camp site on mountain ridge. Do mind it is very cold after sun down, and it gets colder at night.

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Me and my team mate found water point by following porters, where you can wash your face and clean body. It is about 10 minutes away from camp site, there is also a abandoned toilet over there which can’t be use.

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Peak of Mountain Rinjani, it is way up high and far away. Hikers will need to walk through long mountain ridge, then only hike up sandy rock trail to the peak, it will take another 4 hours trekking from camp site.

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Breath taking view on the sun set with thick clouds and volcano lake (Danau Segara Anak) at left bottom.

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Beautiful scene accompany with great Dinner, fried rice with vege, tomato, cucumber with fried egg and prawn cracker on top.

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Starry night which you can look with naked eye, try to spot meteor while at camp site or during hike to peak. I am lucky to witness a slide of meteor while resting on a rock during peak trail.

Mountain Rinjani Hike at Lombok, Part One

Category : Hiking · No Comments · by May 2nd, 2014

Went to Mountain Rinjani (3726m) at North Lombok, an active volcano in Lombok island of Indonesia. Hereby, i will share some infomration and photos gathered from the journey.

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The whole trip cost around RM 1,400 include evertying from hiking package, guesthouse at Gili Trawangan, hotel at Sengigi, airfare of RM 400+ and pocket money. FYI, Lombok island is not far away from Bali island with boatride of 1 hour to 2 hours depends on destination.

Our itinerary as below,

Day 1: Airport – Sembalun Lawang (Homestay at foot of the mountain rinjani)
Day 2: Sembalun Lawang – Plawangan Sembalun, camp site at 2,639m
Start to hike 07:00 to 2,639m (Plawangan Sembalun), lunch on halfway, reach campsite about 15:00, settle down, eat dinner and overnight camp.
Day 3: Plawangan Sembalun – Peak – Danau Segara Anak
Ascend to summit 3,726m on 2:30 after breakfast, reach peak on 06:00. Descent to camp site to have lunch and continue to the Lake (Danau Segara Anak) to camp for another night. Evening bath at hot spring waterfall and this is the only bath during hike.
Day 4: Danau Segara Aank – Plawangan Senaru – Desa Senaru – Gili Trawangan
From Danau Segara Anak descent through Senaru trail after breakfast, the trail trek around crater of volcano and takes 5 hours. Reach foothill on 15:30 and depart to Gili Trawangan island, a famous travel spot that you can spot big numbers of western.
Day 5: Gili Trawangan – Senggigi
Senggigi beach hotel which is more relaxing and visit town nearby.
Day 6: Senggigi – Aiport back to KL

For hiking package, head to this tour agent’s site for more information: Trekking Rinjani (Satya Budi). The hiking package included:

– a night at Lembah RInjani Homestay with breakfast
– guide and local porter, tent for sleep and toilet tent
– mattress and sleeping bag
– cooking equipment
– hiking activity for 3 days
– all meals while hiking (fruits, vege, rice, snack, tea, coffee)
– 2 x transport (airport to Sembalun, Senaru to Senggigi Port)
– permit and entrance fee to Rinjani area

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Entrance gate to Taman Nasional Gunung Rinjani, get prepare of camera as there will be numbers of nice views and interesting shooting moment that i missed out.

Things to bring along by self:

– camera and money
– lip balm, sun lotion (i got serious sun burn)
– cap, sunglasses, mask to cover nose mouth from sand and dust
– torch light and head lamp
– personal medicine
– sweater / jacket / windbreaker
– tissue, towel, t-shirt, pants, gloves
– goggles, swimsuit (for hot spring)
trekking poles, very useful while ascent slippery rock sand trail to the peak on 2nd day

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Scenery is amazing along the way and i have yet to see similar scenes in Malaysia. variant colours from clear blue sky, shorter height of trees and great mountain view (with obvious shape and lines) creates a good environment for photo shoot.

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The place we stay nearby foot of mountain, Lembah Rinjani Homestay & Restaurant at Sembalun Lawang, around 30 minutes from starting point. We went on September 2013 which is dry season, no rain, scorching sun but very cooling (around 10˚ – 15˚ degree depend on time). If you are going on same period of time, be sure water heater is working at the place you stay.

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Village nearby our home-stay, quite and peaceful place, basically is just us visit the place on that timing, therefore drawed attention from local children and teenagers.

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Introduced by our leader, the Tolak Angin, a traditional Indonesia liquid product that made from honey and ginger. It taste a little sweet and spicy, texture alike power gel which can be chew a little in mouth. It is a very useful product during our 3 days hiking period, helps on uncomfortable of stomach (进风), dizziness due to high altitude and running nose due to coolness.

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Our great porters which can hike the mountain with slippers, thin clothes with sarong instead of jacket, able to run while carry heavy stuff on their shoulder. The followed us along the hiking path (not for the peak), carry mineral water, prepare all the meal for 3 days, building up tents and temporary toilet (pee and poo).

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The great team of mine, thankful to be able to hike with them again. All things prepared, we are excited and heading to starting point.

Suunto ANT Heart Rate Belt, Battery Replacement

Category : Running · No Comments · by Apr 17th, 2014

Recently, my Suunto Ambit doesn’t pick-up heart rate data consistently from stock Suunto ANT Heart Rate Belt as usual. It create a box shape heart rate graph as move29582215, result incorrect PTE (Peak Training Effect) and display wrong recovery time calculation.

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Decide to change the battery in centre piece of belt, battery model of the belt is CR2032, as stated in official site: Comfort Belt Battery Kit. Battery cover located at the back, easy to open with tiny edge of tool such as flat head screwdriver. I took out the old Maxell battery, replaced with new purchased Sony CR2032, tested it and signal is now strong by transmit heart rate in “real-time”.

Gunung Tok Wan @ Semenyih

Category : Hiking · (2) Comments · by Apr 17th, 2014

Decide to go Gunung Tok Wan on last year, as training for coming Mountain Rinjani trip at Indonesia in September 2013. Gunung Tok Wan might be familiar to those that went to Broga Hill before, because when you reach the top of Broga Hill, you will see a signboard that point to the trail of Gunung Tok Wan. The trail is pretty straight forward, but i’ll still advise to ask a person that been there to lead you for the first time.

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Singature broga hill steep and sandy slippery while reaching near to top.

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First peak of broga hill, crowded as usual, hard to get a single person shot on a weekend. For Sunrise potrait shot, remember to bring your external flash or use internal flash to capture, else you have a darkish face on your subject.

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Heading to the fourth peak which is the highest point of Broga hill and the joint to connect Gunung Tok Wan trail.

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Numbers of insects and smaller animal can be spot on Gunung Tok Wan. We met a group of lads from University doing nature study and silently record movements of insects.

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One big different you will discover between Broga hill and Gunung Tok wan’s path, is the number of visitors, we met not more than twenty peoples along the path. Gives you a piece of mind after the crowded and noisy Broga hill path.

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One of the interesting spot in Gunung Tok Wan path, very big old tree with lots root mess appear on the ground.

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Top of the Gunung Tok Wan with height of 675m, just the three of us while we reached then another couple follow behind. Enough space to build 3-4 tent at this area, an area for cook is already there.

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Thanks to the friendly couple for helping us to take a nice and only group photo. The top are revered by plants, no nice scenery around. There seems to be another path that leads to another mountain, but we

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By the time we back to Broga Hill path, the area are cleared, no more peoples but three of us.

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The scorching hot sun is scary and will create headache and heat stroke if dehydrate, bringing enough water is important. We took some photo shoot and get start to decent fast.

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Met this little baby while reaching foot hill, guess is a type of tropical lizard. Here is my movescount record by Suunto Ambit: Move14274403