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Trip Start Oct 03, 2007
Trip End Mar 19, 2008

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Monday, January 14, 2008

After the smog filled air of Kuala Lumpur it was pure pleasure to be in the Cameron Highlands, which are at an altitude of 1600 to 2100 meters with the added bonus that it also got a lot cooler up here. Oh what a joy to use your fleece in the evening and needing a sleeping bag (that's not even meant in a sarcastic way!)

The cooler climate was also great for hiking, and almost immediately after I got my 1.50 Pound room I went on my first hike up Gunung Jasar. And, as I was told later, I had picked one of the most difficult trails as far as the trail-finding is concerned. After avoiding an angry dog, the trail split into several sections - none of them more than an animal path at best. The first km was a real orienteering jungle adventure - then it got better and steeper. In the end, rain set in but not as heavily as further south - I'm almost out of the monsoon area!

Later I met up with Adam again, who I knew from Kuala Lumpur where we had planned to do some hiking together. As a bonus, we also found the only bar in Tanah Rata.

A few words about Adam - He is probably one of the filthiest and wrongest Brits I have ever met, and thus incredibly entertaining. We had lots of good laughs as we powered our way up onto Gunung Brinchang on the next day. On top, we were not only faced with some tourists who had taken a tour bus to the top from the other end, but also with the decision whether we should push for a second summit or have a cup of tea in a tea plantation 10 km away on our way back home. The answer was simple - how could we have resisted a cuppa?

Adam being English had 3 cups, I was happy with 2 and we enjoyed the view of the plantation as well as of some Japanese tourists whilst Adam was putting in the top gear for filthyness and jokes. Quality!
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