Mt Ophir ( 1276m) or Gunung Ledang
climb had been brewing in me for quite some time. Then there was a group of people heading towards Tangkak with 2D1N stay at Ledang Resort and the plan was hatched. How nice! Piggy back on this outing we are going for a same day climb and descent.
After reading blogs and internet resources of this mountain .. terms like KFC ( Killer fitness centre) and images of ladders and more ladders ,and the rope climb on steep slope stuck firmly in my head. A same day plan was finalised.
|Elevation chart to show the steepness of the ascend and descent. We trekked a total of 14.7 km up and down|
The red trunk tree stood out starkly from the others. It had flaking barks. It remind me of the Australian eucalyptus species.
Large boulders some as tall as 3-man-height strewn along the trail. A similar sight as in the waterfall trail near Gunung Ledang Resort. ( Bukit Timah also had similar large boulder ). Are they left behind by remote ICEAge ?
|View from the top of the lush forested covered slopes and the low clouds.|
|Taman Bonsai - where the trees are dwarfed and wind-swept branches twisted|
|Looking back from the Red stone. We left our bags there and have to climb down the ladder walk over there to retrieve, Note the white ropes were tied round a stone outcrop there.|
Summit at CS7 with a heavy vandalised marker post. ... we didnt walk to CS8 at the tower end.
|Climbed up this pipe ladder you reach another flat area.|
|Another view with more rock outcrop|
|Tower shrouded in clouds and a short while later all clouds were dissipated. - see below|
|Purple little flower shaped like a balsam|
|Aluminium non rusty ladder make ascend much quicker and safer provided of course the ladders are anchored properly.|
|Ladder is not too bad just naik lah|
|I WANT my KFC... of a different kind - Killer Fitness Centre|
|This beetle rowed into a ball when I disturbed it. It slowly unwinding...|
|A round stone sitting on top a bigger bolder. |
|The RED square tag marked the route to continue the ascend|
|THere are 774 steps i was told.. but our normal staircase training at Toa Payoh 40 storey routine (x6-x8) greatly exceeded this. So no sweat. At least at the beginning stage.|