Thursday, December 4, 2008

Discovered An Unknown Waterfall



Last week, I went in search for a canyon somewhere deep in the Temerloh rainforest. As usual, I went alone. This was the next day after I arrived from Hanoi. I arrived at 11pm at LCCT and we had to wait for almost 20 minutes in the plane because the rain was too heavy. Somehow I don't see any relevance of the statement at all.
Anyway, the next day, I was prepared for some rough river surges and rapids. This time, I walked against the currents and let me tell you, it's bloody tricky and challenging. Having my Lafuma pole really helped measure how deep the river was before I walk over through it.
There were times where I had to walk on the banks of the river through some thick, winding roots and not to mention fallen huge tree trunks. Here's a riddle : Why is the river so rich? Because it has 2 banks.
And since not many people go to these rivers, you can see large frogs just sitting there and only when you go very near to it, the amphibian leaps into the river.

Anyway, I followed a trail which was purportedly the way to the canyon. Since I was alone, I was more cautious than ever before. Yes, you could hear the normal shrieks of a monkey or two but suddenly, I heard a noise which was totally unfamiliar and I just knew it was something else other than the monkeys. I immediately took out my Leatherman knife just in case. After a while, the strange sound went away and I carried on. I walked and walked but the trail doesn't seem lead to a canyon.
Instead it was going upwards. I timed myself so that if I still can't find the canyon in another 30 minutes, I'd turn back.
And turning back was what I did. As I walked back dissapointingly, I decided to follow a small stream which had mini boulders. I thought it was interesting and continued following it until I came across a powerful rapid. I needed to get pass the rapids but I couldnt jump into it without risking killing myself. I then tried accessing it through the side, through vines, roots and tree trunks. I knew the continuation of the rapid was on my right but to get there required me to jump down from a boulder near a riverbank.

The jungle canopy surrounded by huge boulders with vines all over it was pretty eerie and magnificent at the same time. So, I took a leap of faith and landed safely at the bottom of the rock. What shocked me later was what I saw under the rock. I saw a freshly chewed stem of a plant and this indicated some animal must be chewing it. No doubt it was most probably a herbivor, I did not want to take chances. I bolted straight to the river and to my amazement, I saw a waterfall. Check out the video. It's a bit shaky ala Cloverfield but the video shows how I discovered the waterfall

I tried to find some sort of human trails but couldn't find any. So I guess this place/waterfall is probably unknown to anyone. I checked with www.waterfallsofmalaysia.com and found no exact same structure of the waterfall. After hours of comparing waterfalls and finding that nothing matches the one I found
Therefore, BY THE GRACE OF GOD AND IN THE NAME OF THEIR GRACIOUS MAJESTIES OF THE KING AND QUEEN OF MALAYSIA AND BY ALL THE POWERS VESTED IN ME, I CLAIM THIS WATERFALL AND NAME IT TYA FALLS.
TYA Falls


After the small and meaningful ceremony by me and myself, I headed home. Here are some videos on my back.




3 comments :

Srikanth Siva said...

nice videos. I would like to see more videos as it adds to the blog especially to us humans who sit behind a computer all day and never go outside get to live and enjoy nature through your videos.

Azealea Dz said...

wei..cute waterfall but it's too small to be named TYA..should go venture for more bigger ones,suitable with the TYA name. haha

Joleen said...

check out the waterfalls around ulu klang area. They are nice too