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I have a great opportunity and experience to join this expedition and do some aerial photography. Before this expedition, I had no practical experience of aerial photography. The whole session is about 30 minutes and conducted from Fokker Plane and circulating Watu above 1000ft, Sulawesi, Indonesia town. The only lens I brought over is 28-70mm (sigh … I should bring tele-lens together).
The number one killer in aerial photography is motion sickness, particularly when composing images in your camera’s view finder while moving about the site in an aircraft.Aerial photographer should be physically fit (trust me! It is very exhausted)
Helicopters make for much better aerial photography than plane. Make sure you turn auto focus off. Choose an ISO that will give you the highest shutter speed. Bring along Polarizing filter and Skylight filter (I seldom use, because Shoot a lot more than you think you’ll need to. Discuss thoroughly what you want to do with the pilot before you leave the ground. One thing that I did not see anyone else address is motion sickness. If you keep your eye looking through the viewfinder all the time, you may start to get motion sickness. If this occurs, minimize the amount of time you are looking through the viewfinder (my personal advice). Set your camera to it’s highest contrast, this is very important to show better detail and shadow.
Gunung Nuang or Mount Nuang is very famous for Malaysian trekkers who looking to train prior to a climb up Gunung Tahan or Gunung Kinabalu. Gunung Naung located in Pangsoon, about 24 miles from Hulu Langat and its height of 1490 meters/4898 feet. This is one of the Selangor highest mountains.
Like most of the people, we took the Pangsoon route. We are using the Cheras-Kajang highway heading Kajang, exiting the Cheras toll and take the left turning and follow the Hulu Langat signboard. Go straight until you reach a traffic light and turn left and keep follow the road. You will pass by a lot of stalls, Malays kampung house and school. You will pass by a Petronas Petrol Station, please do your last “TAPAU” for food, snack, energy bar, miniral water or anything that can simulate you to keep on this trekking. Later you will reach a place where some TNB building, keep forward until you notice a rugged path at your left, turn left and you reach the starting base.
You are required to register your name with the ranger’s officer before you can embark on this hike and pay RM1 each. Do some warm up, gear up and you are on the way of 9.2KM point to point to the Naung summit. That day, seven of us in two car reach there by 7.45am. We actually start our journey by 8am sharp.
Most of the trekker define Gunung Nuang as moderate. Some of them even do night trekking over there. Gunung Nuang can be divided into a few section:
- Never Ending Route
- Lolo Camp
- Fake Summit
- Naung Summit
The easiest part of the whole climb is definitely the starting point. I am so excited on the “Never Ending Route”, the trail is wide “sap sap sui” (simple) to us. I was regret by that time why iIdon’t ask my wife to join me together. on this outing. The trail is so relaxing. The whole journey of “Never Ending Route” will pass by 3 rest hut. Every hut we take our time to relax and every one of us have the tend to drink water just to lighten up the hydration bag. Since it is so heavy to bring 3 litre water along. (rule no.1 do your study first before you start any hiking/trekking).
We reach a white rest hut at the edge of the route. There are people camping at the open area. There is a staircase nearby the rest hut that leads you to the stream. Then we started our “actual” trek. No more flat terrain but the small pathways along the jungle crossing the big trees. We just follow the pipeline. It does not take us long to the non-functional dam. Cross the stream to continue with the path. After a while, you will reach the Lolo camp site (It takes an average of 2 hours hike to reach this place from entrance). You will need to cross 4 stream to reach here. Most of the stream you can just hop from rock to rock. P/S enjoy with water, it is chilling. We do not take a long rest . We keep moving to the Pacat. (rule no.2 never under-estimate a hike) We thought we almost reach the summit. The trail after the hut is all the up and up and up. We are so GANGHO non stop and keep moving. We are so positive that we thought we almost reach the peak. For your information no even one of us been to there before.
The trail from Lolo to Tanah Pacat increases in difficulty and gets more vertically challenging. It is advise to use a hiking stick, but it all depends on the weather too. If it is raining or rained the day before, then the trail will become very muddy and slippery. It took us about another 2 hour long to reach a flat land called “Kem Pacat”. We keep going and push … push and push it harder to the peak. There are a lot of honey bee at this place. It is very annoying to have these honey bees buzzing around you. After Kem Pacat, the trail gets even more steep with tree roots for the ascend. Ooops … some voice from our member at my back to ask me stop! A lot of question throwing to me on how long will we reach? What happen if raining? We are so hungry, tired and thirsty. Some even annoying by the honey bee there. Mr. Lim one of our fastest who keep climbing withour fear. I am the 2nd one who is too much worries about the problems and especially with my younger brother who carry my camera along and he is just back from Kota Kinabalu yesterday night. I am also worry about the turn back time. Initially we set a rules to reach the peak by one and turn back to base before dusk. After a while, i decide to turn back. I started to decend untill i meet my younger brother and Daniel and another group of aunty who are so fearless pushing me to keep moving up to the peak. Then we end of 4 of us keep going up and the rest back to base.
With those aunty leading us, we have no fear but just to continue. Finally we reach the summit! Eeee!!!!!! Bukit Pengasih??? We are wondering are we at the right place or not? Then one of the aunty told us that we are still on the way to Naung Summit. We need another an hour to the summit. Shit!!!! Now is 1pm liao ler!!! We are too occupied by fatigue and frustrations. We almost finish our drinkng water and left only one filet o fish for our lunch. We quickily finish our lunch and keep pushing our self to the Naung Summit. Descent???!!! We are expecting up but its going down. All the way down until we reach a open area and somebody in front point to us … there is Nuang Summit!! =_=” sweat!! You can obviously see the the trail is all the way up! Sorry that I dont have any photos of here!! I was really out of my mind here already.
Luckily with the cold wind and nice weather if not i will never make my self up there. 1..2..3..1..2..3.. I reach the summit already. But in my mind was … how am i going to make my self decent ler?? You never know what could happen during the descent! I manage to take some photos … and started to worry with the going back route … the Fake summit, Pajak camp, red clay route, Lolo camp and the never ending route … it really drive me crazy. (rule no.3 get your self more than enough with food and drink)
Not only me the rest of us walk like zoombie, we thirst for water, we are so cold, hungry and weak. My leg started not as active like morning descending from the peak. No more flat terrain but the small pathways along the jungle crossing the big trees. . I almost breakdown to reach Pacat camp. We yell for water and some of the hiker say you can get it along the way down and it was about 5 minit way down. Hahaha!! we rush down there and there are none … 5 minutes … 10 minutes and i saw the Lolo camp signboard … follow by the 2nd Lolo Camp signboard and the the 3rd Lolo camp signboard.
No way, am I lost? I really sit on the floor and take a long rest with my brother. This time Daniel is the one who are far far in front of us follow my Lim. After the long rest, I stand up and keep moving with my younger brother . Lolo camp!! I jump in the stream and drink as much water as I can. We keep moving after we are so satisfy with the drinking and continue with to the dam and the Never Ending Route.
It is never enjoy when you are along the Never Ending Route back with empty stomach, and some more time is approaching 7pm. I can still remember by that time I ask my brother “are we almost reach??” My brother give me a funny look and ask me “have you passby any rest hut?” That remind me that when the time we come we pass by 3 rest hut. But now we are not even pass by 1 hut. Hiking on the Never Ending Road is more than enough to drain a person mentally and physically. We reach the gate by 8pm sharp. This is my personal record of 12 hours trekking on a 18.4km journey.
Apek Hill located in Taman Bukit Saga, Cheras. Gunung Apek – Old Folk Hill … hah hah don’t judge the hill by its name. Apek Hill have 6 stations. I would say is Intermediate or advance Level, so do not try this if this is your first time for jungle trekking. So in conclusion, if you’re a big fan of jungle trekking and what not, you may wanna try this route.
The small village of Hulu Langat is a good place for breakfast, before continuing to Pangsun. Just before reaching this Kampung, turn left to Lepok. This small road ends after a few km at a place where you can park your car and pay for RM2 for them to take care of your car. From here you cross a stream and start walking. It will take about two hours to cover the 4 km to the fall. Generally the track is clear, don’t take the sidetracks which end in Durian farms. Always follow the ribbon. It will avoid you from going to the wrong direction. When you reach a disused water pipeline, you know that you are on the right way. Here in Kampung Pangsun, you can meet with the Temuan Orang Asli and they would be more than willing to talk to you should you need assistance or want to know more about the village. Walking for hours, we finally reach to the falls and pass by an abandoned house that smells and looked scary.