Saturday, 8 July 2006

Gunung Irau 2,110m 2006

Date: 08.Jul.06 - 09.Jul.06
Altitude: 2,110m ASL
Difficulty: 4.6/10

These are unsorted, unselected pictures from my Cam..... everything's here.
Gunung Irau 2110M is located at Cameron Highlands, uphill trek takes 3-4 hours.
On Gunung Irau the starting point is already so high that we were among the moss immediately. The trees here are literally covered in moss. It grows in great, green, cushiony clumps, as wet as unsqueezed out sponges. Fringes and curtains of moss hang among the trees and little beards of it sway in the breeze. It's impossible to count how many different shades of green there are, or describe just how brilliant the green is sometimes. It's really magical, like walking in a fairytale forest.

Aside from the magic, there is mud. All that water in the moss is right there in the ground too. Some of the ground is so soft that it sinks like a mattress when you stand on it. The rest of the ground is so soggy that the mud will come over our boots if we step on it.
Then there are all the fallen trees and tangles of exposed roots which block the path and have to be clambered over. Some parts of the path are almost vertical and we have to climb up using roots as handholds. This is one of those treks where arm muscles ache as much as leg muscles the next day!


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