Thursday, December 26, 2013

Gerehang Falls

After a long hiatus with the country’s No.1 waterfall expert, we finally teamed up again to visit a not so known waterfall in the area of Tanjung Malim. Nobody would really know the place of this waterfall unless they spent copious and copious amount of time on Google Earth which I believe No.1 did so. He told me that he has zoomed, panned and tilted every inch of the Peninsula Malaysia Google Earth map to look for unknown waterfalls. Took him 2 years for that effort. Everybody - take a moment to salute this outstanding gentleman and that is why he is the No.1 Waterfall Hunter in Malaysia
Malaysia's No.1 Waterfall Hunter(Left)
Tanjung Malim is pretty near to KL. It is only a half an hour’s drive from Damansara. The Proton factory is there as well as a university too. I would say Tanjung Malim borders Selangor. But do not let the close proximity to Damansara fool you. The Tanjung Malim interior jungles actually has some of the wildest animals roaming around.
No.1 and I parked where most people park when they visit Strata Falls. Prior to this space, there is a housing area called Diamond Creeks whereby individual bungalows were built more than 10 years ago. Some units are occupied but majority are not. It lies in disrepair and looks quite creepy. But the solitude..oh the solitude and the close proximity to nature is so alluring.
I feel like buying one. But I reckon there’s no Internet or cell coverage in that area.

Anyway, we parked and started walking and within 45 minutes, we saw our first wildlife - a family of wildboar which bolted straight into the jungle the moment our eyes locked. I could also see No.1’s right hand on the handle of the parang already.
Nearly a quarter way in, we had to river trek and from afar, we could see some sort of a natural crossing made by animals from one bank to another. As we inched closer, we saw ….TIGER PAW PRINTS on the sandbank. Imagine the fear as we continued our journey. These big cats could lunge from the side and suprise us. Scary !!!
Look at the size of the paw
Mulitple tiger paw prints
The trek took us close to 2 hours when we finally reached the Gerehang Falls.
No.1's camera had a 30 second timer function
The upper falls
Just arrived
Making coffee
No.1 climbing to the peak

I love going to waterfalls with No.1 because we are able to talk about anything in the world from microscopic lens, satellite networks, beetles and more but ultimately, we would always talk about location and characteristics of waterfalls. We are geeks !!!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Sg Gumut Falls

A few weeks ago, the Godfather of Waterfalls, Mr Jan Stuivenberg invited me for a waterfall trip to a relatively unknown waterfall called Sungai Gumut Waterfall. He has never been there before but another waterfall enthusiast, Mr Eddie Yap visited this waterfall 2 years ago. Without much thought, I offered to drive us there. Getting an invitation from Jan is like Christopher Columbus inviting you to captain the Nina while Columbus captained the Santa Maria. Such a privilege.
Jan Stuivenberg

We met up with Rani at Damansara Perdana and he was to hop into my car as well. Before he could do so, his car’s locking mechanism remote failed on him and while attempting to bring life to the device, it rained heavily. He tried for 15 minutes but to no avail and Jan called Eddie to prompt him that there could be a possibility of a cancellation. Never wanting to miss a waterfall trip with Jan, I drove Rani to a hardware shop at 915am and lo and behold, he got it fixed there and by 10am, we were on our way to Kuala Kubu Bahru. After passing the Rawang toll, Jan and I got into a conversation of concentration camps. It was still pouring heavily when all of a sudden, the car in front of us hit the brakes and I in turn, pressed on my brakes as well. Because of the wet road and the sudden loss of traction, my Ford Ranger started to skid at first to the right and then to the left ...narrowly avoiding the car ahead of us. What we saw after that was a slight carnage (pun intended) whereby 3 vehicles were already in a pile up. Phew...I picked my heart up from the floor and continued our journey. Having said all that, I could have summed up the description with one word : Aquaplaning. We arrived in Kuala Kubu Bahru to meet up with KKB resident explorer , Mr Eddie Yap. 25 minutes later, we parked and began trekking to the Sg Gumut Waterfall. It was an easy peasy lemon squeezy trek (1 hour 58 minutes) and a short distance of river trekking. Below are some photos of the Sg Gumut Falls :
No.2 best waterfall hunter in Malaysia
From L-R : Rani, Jan , Eddie