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Gunung Datuk – A Legendary Mountain


Many hikers might attempt Gunung Datuk (Mount Datuk) mountain in preparation for Gunung Kinabalu real challenge. But not many know that this is mountain is a legendary mountain by the history.

Gunung Datuk (Mount Datuk)

Back to time where Negeri Sembilan was ruled by Minangkabau, this mountain is used by local people to gather and choose their leader.

You may ask why there is a FOOTPRINT at the summit on the boulder. Myth stated that it was belong to legendary warrior Hang Tuah which used to move one place to another place by jumping mountain to mountain. (Source from WikiTravel).

My FOURTH time to hike this legendary mountain and the best timing I achieved among all. I took 1.5 hour to touch the base peak. Started at 8.30am, reached at 1st check-point (rest area) at 9.10am and subsequent base peak at 10.00am.


Gunung Suku – An Uphill Mountain


A mountain with trails sloping upward all the way (only 1% downward trail). No flat terrain and it took us about 3 hrs to the peak. A 360 degrees view of surrounding mountain such as Irau & Chabang at the PEAK.

Gunung Suku – An Uphill Mountain

In fact, not many know about this mountain. Not many attempted also because we encountered overgrown plant along the way.

A small group of us joined the organizer, Alvin which agreed to bring us to new place to hike. We as well need to manage his expectation for return. Not easy but fun. However, we’d mixed feeling knowing it’s an upward hike, leaving us exhausted rather than enjoying.

In a bright side, the completion trained us to be more sustainable for any mountain.


Mountain Kinabalu via Mesilau Trail


Having made to the summit was always my ultimate aim. Gunung Kinabalu (Mount Kinabalu) summit was marked my success of conquered the highest mountain in Malaysia this time.


24 Jun 2012 | Mountain Kinabalu via Mesilau Trail

Back to the failed attempt to the summit in Sept 2009, triggered me to try again whenever there’s chance. Time has passed yearly until June 2012, I was able to grab a chance to attempt to the Gunung Kinabalu‘s summit via Mesilau Trail.

In fact, I jump into easy decision-making to climb this mountain again.

Of course, one month notice wasn’t good enough for us on physical preparation but I confident enough maybe because all these while, all my mountain climbing was involve much trodden, longer and tougher trek. Forget about the altitude and temperature preparation. Not much we can do for this. Swimming more frequent, perhaps may help for under pressure breathing?

Although this was a second time we attempted Mount Kinabalu, our challenge was compounded with the climb happened on 3rd & 4th day of our 4D3N itinerary. Means, we descended on the same day of our departure day to KL. Less advantage for us to take rest after the climb, straight to the airport. Suffer huh? However, we took advantage to visit interesting places before our hike. This was a reward we gained. Haha.


THREE mountains in ONE day


An EXTREME determination has led me into this plan. A day pack to Cameron Highlands not for strawberries but sweats! Completing 3 mountains in ONE day, seems impossible but I DID it!

17 May 2011 | Gunung Berembun, Gunung Jasar & Gunung Perdah

This type of mountain hiking has ONE best reason to explain: Iciness Temperature (Misty, Windy & Coolie). A strong contender for my ONE month, ONE mountain mission.

Three mountains conquered in one trip made my checklist go faster. Big applause for hiking enthusiastic who took us too unbelievable mission but achievable.

Weather was undetermined and underestimated at that point of our mission. Even though probability of canceling the event or make it shorter was there, but we seems didn’t lose our hands so easily. We hope and wait for any circumstances to make it even though we encountered ambiguity in between.


Gunung Angsi – A Training Ground


Not too long ago since I’ve completed this mountain, I’ve geared up to attempt it again on same route as my training ground. It’s definitely not as easiest mountain to trek via Bukit Putus.

22 Oct 2011 | Gunung Angsi – A Training Ground

The reason I said so because I took 5.5 hours in 12.6km to complete the whole journey. A recent overgrown and few landslides along the way really made me think thrice if I ever go again in future.

Alternatively, there are another two routes which comes from Ulu Bendol Recreational Park (which entrance fees of RM5 applied) and via Panjang R&R.

My visit to Gunung Angsi this round was took longer than usual, due to overgrown ferny plant which slowing down my movement. But I was made aware there was a group came here 2 weeks before me via ferny trail. That’s why I was confident this route still available.


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