Mt. Yong Yap Expedition 2015

by Alicia Chan

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After weeks of relentless training in the hills around Kuala Lumpur and Gunung Nuang, 26 Rangers and leaders from Outpost KL#1 embarked on an expedition to Mount Yong Yap, Peninsula Malaysia’s 6th highest mountain standing at 7,110 feet. The expedition lasted from 16th to 18th of July 2015, during the Hari Raya holidays.

All smiles before leaving civilisation
All smiles before leaving civilisation

Gathering at the wee hour of 4:00 a.m., we started our journey towards the assembly point at Kampung Raja, Cameron Highlands only to be deterred by the heavy traffic on the highways. However, the traffic and our lack of sleep did not dampen our anticipation for the hike. Upon reaching the assembly point, we savoured our last meal in human civilisation before heading into the forests.

The adventure officially started with the 4×4 ride to Pos Renggil, an orang asli village. It felt as if we were in Jurassic Park, without the dinosaurs. The strong wind in our faces and bumpy ride made the journey uneasy but nevertheless it was filled with laughter and giggles.

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At 1:00 p.m., we began to hike towards Kem Agas, the place we would call home for two nights. The hike up involved pushing through heavily overgrown ferns, bending over multiple deadfalls, avoiding thorns that could damage our attires and bags, and crossing multiple rivers. Following 6 hours of uphill trekking, we finally arrived at Kem Agas and settled for the night to prepare for the 2nd day: the conquest to the summit.

“A 10-hour hike awaits us”, our guide informed us on the second day. From 7.30 a.m. onwards, we braved ourselves through more river crossings and uphill climbs. The never-ending climb up was excruciating to bear, but we knew we could not afford to give up at that point of time. As we attained to higher elevation, we were rewarded with cool breeze and the sight of mossy forest. Yet, the last stretch to the peak was narrow and obstructed with boulders and fallen trees. The route was not straightforward; one had to survey the track to determine the best way to climb up.

Rangers & Rain at the summit
Rangers & Rain at the summit

With unwavering determination, we pushed on and finally reached the top of Mount Yong Yap! We took some time to appreciate our achievement and God’s creation. Not long after we summited, it started to rain heavily. The raindrops felt as heavy as marbles dropping unto our cheeks and the rain forced us to take shelter among the bushes. It was cold as we headed down the mud-filled and slippery trail. Our success of conquering the peak has given us the strength to keep calm and carry on. We returned to Kem Agas safely at 6:00 p.m. to rest for the day.

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At 6:00 a.m. on the third day, we were ready to head back to civilisation. It took us 6 hours to arrive back at Pos Renggil and we celebrated our feat by bathing in the cool, refreshing river. God has displayed his awesomeness through nature and His protection upon us throughout this whole expedition. The sandfly bites may itch for a week, but the memories of Mount Yong Yap will stay with us for a lifetime.

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Gunung Tahan Expedition 2014

By Alicia Chan.

From the 22 to 29 July 2014, a team of 16 people comprising Commanders and Expedition Rangers set off to conquer the tallest peak and one of the most difficult trails in Peninsula Malaysia, Gunung Tahan via the Kuala Tahan route. Continue reading Gunung Tahan Expedition 2014

Trans-Titiwangsa Conquered

by Samuel Ngeow
 The Trans-Titiwangsa Expedition transverses the main mountain range that forms the backbone of Peninsula Malaysia. The expedition starts at Ulu Kinta, Perak and concludes at Blue Valley in Cameron Highland, Pahang. It will cover three of the seven highest mountains in Peninsula Malaysia, Mount Korbu, Mount Gayong and Mount Yong Belar, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th highest mountains respectively.

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Mount Kinabalu Expedition 2011

Report by Bryan Thean Li Ren
On 30 August 2011, a group of 32 people from Calvary Church went on an expedition to climb Mount Kinabalu. It was definitely a very exciting and challenging experience. We left Kuala Lumpur at 7.15am and arrived at Kota Kinabalu International Airport at almost 10am. There, we took a bus to Mount Kinabalu, only stopping for lunch and a little shopping. Accommodation throughout the trip was amazing. I had expected somewhat basic dorms and food but thankfully, I was proven wrong.

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Mount Kinabalu 2010 Expedition

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Report by Dinah Doong
Thirty six (36) from our Church participated in the Mount Kinabalu Expedition on the 6 – 10 September 2010. Praise God for a successful expedition.
The thought of hiking up Mount Kinabalu never crossed my mind until my eight-year-old son Jin Eu suggested that we should join the Royal Rangers forthcoming excursion to Kota Kinabaluin September. My eldest son Jin Liang and the father had earlier registered for the trip. With five weeks to go, we decided to formulate some plans for training and the easiest was to train twice per week at Gasing Hill.

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Father & Son Backpacking 2009 (Dad’s story)

By Paul Ranga
From the 16 to 18 March 2009, the Royal Rangers organised a Father and Son Backpacking Expedition to the Endau Rompin National Park in Johor.Seven courageous fathers and eight equally courageous sons (one of the fathers had two sons) braved the rigours of 3 days of hiking and camping in the wilderness of one of Malaysia’s few remaining pristine rainforests that has existed undisturbed for millions of years. Accompanied by Commanders Jim Guneratnam, David Peter, Kester Low and Sasha, we left church at six on Monday morning for what was to be a truly remarkable experience.

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