Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bukit Shahbandar.

This is IT!
this is what its ALL about.. when i say ive done Bukit.. NOW everyone will know what i mean

It cant easily be described..
A; a walk
B;a walk with some steps.
C; a walk with some steps and some Hills.
D;a jungle walk.
E;requires 'some' Level of fitness.
F;and a indeterminate amount of Madness..
G;and also a willingness to become hot & sweaty
H;and VERY smelly too..

Water is a must when you go to bukit.. we all look like we are proper walkers with our water packs.. but believe me.. its a Must to have water..
Many times ive walked around and felt soo unwell.. The dehydration just creeps up on you.. then BAM!

These are the first challenge

Helen counted them this last time...

I think she said there were 136 on this first bit..

Im sure she will correct me if (and i will be )Im wrong!

 NEARLY  at the top.. and you can see the enjoyment OOOOOzing from Both Ros & Helen!
(they are both going to dislike me for these pictures.. but hey..!! But i promise NO rear shots......)

So this is up to pondok 1...

This IS pondok 1.. and the only picture of a pondok i took..

There are 11 of these on the route we take..

but i figured that 1 pic was enough..
at least you will know what is meant by a pondok..

The waether was rather misty this morning .. so the views arent great.. but its far nicer to walk there when its cooler..

Bukit isnt a walk like we all imagine in the UK..

i think in the UK it would have been roped off.. Declared Unsafe and then probably been turned into a theme park by now..

I love the fact there is an element of danger.. it makes it far more interesting than 'just a walk'

This is looking down.. just after pondok 1..

so still early days yet!

Just a few more steps... as modelled so well by Helen & Ros(alind)

not sure how many here

But more than enough!

I should have taken the view to the right as there was a landslip here a while back.. and the jungle just slid away into the distance!!By (the piece of wood to the R is where its all slipped away from!)

This is another area we scramble up..

(Helen is working the camera really well here)

In the 2 and 3/4 years ive been here.. lots of the paths have fallen away, and crumbled .. but more paths have been trodden and steps made in other areas.. so its ever changing..

These Plants are called Pitcher Plants


 There are many types here..

We usually walk SO fast that we dont actually notice the flora and Fauna.. so it was a nice change today.. to get to look out for everything..


                And a wild orchid too...        

Ok so were now about half way round... and the sweat is dripping off  us .. always a VERY attractive look..

 OK .. i promised no Bum shots.. but i kind of need to put this one in to help everyone understand the steepness of this part of the walk...

This bit doesnt LOOK steep.. but its a bit of a Killer hill!

BUT when theres an UP.. theres ALWAYS a down.. thankfully!

Helen still asks HOW did they make these steps as they are over halfway round ...

(same steps but looking UP!)

But theres more jungle to come...

Its stunning Jungle too... I love it in there .. all the noises of the secadas and sometimes the monkeys!
And sometimes us lot chattering away ..

But were near the end of the walk now... when you reach this pool.. you know that you havent got THAT much further to go.....

                                                                Helen demonstrates that Moment when you think its all over... lol..


 The lizard was there today.. and gradually turned redder, as we watched.. believe me.. we should have been the ones who were embarrassed!!! (Hahaha)

This one was hiding in the tree on the way out of the jungle..

And on the way out.. DONT forget to walk on these lovely stones..

Just dont try Running on them! and then trip over that nice drain way ( through the middle of the pic!)

No matter what...

And what a reward.... Pineapple.. My Favourite.. Eh Jo!!

PS yes i know its coconut really!!!
call it a bit of a Jo brain f8rt!

I will Miss Bukit LOADS when i go back to the UK!!

Maybe ill just stay?


1 comment:

  1. Brilliant. Some deeply unflattering shots of me in there but it's to be expected when you act like a fool I suppose!

    Still doesn't capture QUITE HOW steep those 343 steps are!! Not even counting the 116 down!

    See you tomorrow for Bukit mate x