Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Waterfall To Call My Own


I took advantage of the long weekend to fulfill an innate and inborn affection of mine which is to discover an undiscovered waterfall and name the natural wonder after my name. Once in a while, the need to be self absorb is inevitable. Waterfalls are my kind of obsessions/fixation - second only to satellites.
As I peered into the map and calculated the distance, I realized that it would take me at least 6 hours to arrive at my purported destination.Furthermore, the map I was using was possibly 7 years old. All that did not matter to me because I was glad to be outdoors after 2 weeks of being bombarded by Blackberry emails. Imagine replying emails through the wretched device while watching the movie "Avatar" in a cinema.
No Blackberry emails here

Dawn is the ultimate best time to start any journey. In front of me laid a long beautiful stretch of mountain river with rocks on both banks. The awesome part about these rocks is that if you're agile and your hand eye coordination is excellent, you can actually move swiftly by hopping and stepping on the rocks as you go along. Of course, you must have shoes that has a grip like an eagle's talons in order not to slip.
Refreshing dip

On the move at dawn

For the guys at Action Asia magazine

Fished a little to mix it up

The sun was already high in the sky and so was I. The great part about river trekking is, whenever the sun becomes unbearable, a jump into the cold river water would just do the trick.
Tranquilodge

Salvatore Dali was here

Long walk ahead

Deep Pool

Thank God I'm a good swimmer because at two points, I had to swim across to the other bank as there were no path further ahead. Trying to swim against the river current with a heavy backpack actually took me 40 exhausting minutes.
Fast forward to the arrival of the waterfall after 6 gruelling hours.
Here are the pictures and videos.
Discovery of Aun Falls

Finally made it

Scrambling to the top

Tiny speck at the top of the waterfall


BY THE GRACE OF GOD AND IN THE NAME OF THEIR GRACIOUS MAJESTIES OF THE KING AND QUEEN OF MALAYSIA AND BY THE WATERFALL COUNCIL OF MALAYSIA AND BY ALL THE POWERS VESTED IN ME, I CLAIM THIS WATERFALL AND NAME IT AUN FALLS


Check me out at the top


On the way back, I stumbled upon a double whirlpool. Very interesting.
Double Whirlpool Video

My temporary campsite. I did not like the canopy hovering above me

I camped overnight and the skies open up heavily by 9pm. My campsite was on a sandy island surrounded by boulders. Fears of a flash flood made me constantly check on a measuring pole but I've experienced camping by the river and heavy rain before so I wasn't too worried. Because of that, I slept like a baby until 430am when I was awakened by the luminosity of the pale moonlight. I love a pale moonlight.
My second camping site. Taken at 5am with the pale moonlight

My camp's backyard


Time to head out. One last dramatic David Caruso in CSI Miami(without the shades) glance

First ray of light bathing the rocks

Goodbye Tranquilodge

What an adventure!!!

4 comments :

Pak Zawi said...

Teo,
Great adventure with nature. It seems to be so peaceful there. How I envy you.

Basyir said...

Woww... veryvery nice place.
I share your interest...
N I wonder how can i get there? N Where exactly it is?

~ Mademoiselle Eros ~ said...

for the record. is salvador dali =) he's my favourite artist. ;D nice blog post as per usual!

Wong Chun Xing said...

Where is this place?
It looks like a place in Laos.