Rock Climbing in Tabur East

Tabur East, from a no-expert-hiker’s point of view, is one scary hike coupled with rock climbing. I have no proper training on rock climbing, thus scary. What made it scarier during our hike were the falling loose rocks and pebbles from soft surfaces. But there is nothing we can’t conquer, right. It does not require that much endurance but is risky with its steep slopes and vertical drops. You will depend on the ropes for most of the tough parts of the hike. They are the lifelines on this trek. You get to rest a little bit longer as you take turns using the ropes, so you will like stand or sit there for a while staring on someone’s butt as he makes his way to the top.

But seriously, there is no time for butt-staring as you will be more focused on the technique on how he climbs up so you’ll do the same or even better.

For safety reasons, it is advisable to stick to the trails no matter how expert you are. Do not be in such a hurry to reach the peak, stay with your group and most important of all, do not overtake your guide. If you happen to encounter falling rocks, give a heads-up to the people behind you.

Sometimes, it just feels crazy to go through these dangerous and brutal paths for the sake of a nice view. But then again, it is worth the effort and worth the risk.

Tabur East, by the way, is located in Selangor Malaysia, close to Kuala Lumpur. Permit is required before embarking on this trek. Once at the peak and on a clear day, you will get a panoramic view of the Klang Gate Dam and of Kuala Lumpur. We set foot on a hazy day so we got the haze as our backdrop.

Essentials: Gloves, knee pads, first aid kit

We are heading there.

We are heading there.

Just imagine a beautiful dam & parts of KL in the backdrop.

Just imagine a beautiful dam & parts of KL in the backdrop.

Enveloped in haze.

Enveloped in haze.

See what burning forests can do.

See what burning forests can do.

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Mt. Datuk

Mt. Datuk or Gunung Datuk is located in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan in Malaysia and has an altitude of 870 meters.

Climbing Mt. Datuk can be compared to the board game Snakes and Ladders. Like in the game, in order to reach the finish line, one must have to deal and survive snakes, ladders and boulders. We really have not encountered any sneaking snakes there but according to one hiker, he did saw one on his previous hike on that mountain. Well it is a forest and a mountain so expect some. As long as you stay on the trail, you’ll be fine. If you have to get off the track to do your business then better have a stick to shoo away whatever creature you have disturbed.

Your speed and movement, however, unlike in the game, will not be determined by rolling a die and following the number that you’ve rolled. This will obviously depends on your fitness level and your stamina. It is quite a challenge with a few steep trails and will take about 2-3 hours for a beginner to reach the peak. The first 2 hours for me was very brutal that right at that point I started to regret joining the hike.

The peak is a big rock formation and you have to use  a series of steel ladders that were tied on the rocks. For safety reasons, hikers should queue and take the ladders one at a time. Same is through when descending. So while waiting for people to ascend and descend the ladders, please help yourself and just enjoy the view around you.

The objective of both the game and this hike is obviously to reach the finish line or the peak. The difference is, in the former, you aim to be the first one to finish. While on the latter, it does not matter if you finish first or last cause at the end, you get to enjoy the same reward.

Once you are at the peak, you get to enjoy a view of the Strait of Malacca and have a feel of the cool breeze.

My regret during the hike instantly fades once I made it to the top. I must say it was worth the effort.

All hikers need to register individually

All hikers need to register individually

Snickers kept me going

Snickers kept me going

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Second to the last ladder

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Last set of ladder

Same ladder for ascending and descending to and from the peak

Same ladder for ascending and descending to and from the peak

It's a cloudy kind of day

It’s a cloudy kind of day

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