Sunday 28 May 2017. My very first hike after many many many years of ‘hibernation’. I was glad to have A to go hike with me because it is my very first hike and I kinda doubt if I am able to hike at all.
So it is assuring to have someone who is an avid hiker to be the guide. Mainly because I suck at reading map and I have no sense of direction when it comes to compass reading and I tend to mess up east, west, north, south or whichever direction (that explains why I dislike Google map narration of head east (hello.. just say turn right, please make life easier, google map >.<)
Back to the hike now. I always make fun of my uk friends for speaking about the weather and now i notice how important the weather is for hikers (serves me right for mocking them about weather lol ). Had it rain the previous night, the trail would be wet and muddy … for a dummy like me, it means slippery trail. And mind you, I am wearing my so-call fancy Nike sport shoes which was meant for gym training or running purpose. Absolutely not meant for slippery road, hence I was really watching my step very very carefully and I make a mental note to get a good pair of hiking shoes for my next hike.
The hike seemed manageable for a newbie like me. Except there was some part whereby the trail was pretty steep and I thought I nearly had a muscles pulled on my right calf. ( As usual I was being a *heroic* smartass, i didn’t do much muscles warmup although A did advise me to do so). There was an occassion or two which I felt dizzy while hiking, probably either I had too little food for breakfast or I ate a bit too late, but A was kind enough to wait up for me and accommodate my slow pace since I was resting a bit too much.
Beside working out my flabby muscles during the hike, I enjoy the flora and fauna and the forest animal (not many unfortunately) . We saw some monkeys, monitor lizard and birds ( too bad I suck in
birdwatching, sorry am unable to recognise any of the birds which I seen) but I can hear the birds chirping away though.
The trail we took lasted about 2 hours I think because I didn’t really check what time we started.
The hike was good, of course thanks to A guidance otherwise I doubt am gonna finish the trail should I be hiking alone. It’s a moderate hike for a beginner like me and will be back to hike again as to build up the stamina and to familiarize myself with hiking again. I was planning to hike Gunung Tahan and eventually Mount Kinabalu.