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Endau Rompin Expedition

 

 
The Expediton Rangers went on a 4 day backpacking trip to Endau Rompin National Park, Johor from the 8 to 11 June 2005. This Expedition was planned to enable the Rangers to complete the Advance Backpacking Merit (Silver Merit).
 
Report by Hansel Wong

On the 8th of June 2005, 7am, nine Expedition Rangers and two leaders meet at the Church grounds. Having gone through a pre-qualification hike in Ulu Kemensah, everyone thought they were ready. Everyone also had to go through a medical examination by their respective doctors. Moreover, commanders organized a trip for rangers specially to purchase hiking gear to ensure we were properly equipped. Subsequent to the checking of each pack, we were greeted by Associate Pastor Steven Kum. Blessed with the prayer from our Chaplain, everyone loaded their belongings into a van en route to Endau-Rompin headquarters at Kampung Peta.

 
 
Endau-Rompin is one of the few remaining low land tropical rainforests in Peninsular Malaysia with a core area of undisturbed natural vegetation which has existed for millions of years. It is home to a great variety of plant life, a primary sanctuary for large mammals like Sumatran Rhinoceros, Asian Elephants, Tigers, Malayan Sun Bears, Tapirs and many other animal, including more than 250 species of birds, 43 fishes, 26 frogs, 14 snakes, 9 lizards, 3 turtles, and 179 butterflies. Some of these are threatened with extinction and not found elsewhere in the world. The forest contains many endemic species and is one of the areas in the world with the highest degree of biodiversity.
 

  Upon arrival, the commanders registered us in the headquarters. Our guide, Hairi, quickly befriended us as we hiked to our next destination, Kuala Jasin. The 2 hour hike was exhausting as there was little shade from the sun and the path was inclined. As tired as we were, we set up camp in Kuala Jasin and freshened up at a river nearby. After dinner, everyone gathered around a bright, warm fire built by the Commanders. A devotion was led by Senior Commander Jim Guneratnam to end the night.

When morning arose, we prepared breakfast which consisted of either soup, Milo, or the infamous Maggi Mee. To lighten our packs, the commanders told us to leave our last day’s supplies in one tent which we left pitch at Kuala Jasin. This was because we would return to Kuala Jasin to camp on the last day.

We encountered very few problems during our hike to Batu Hampar. Along the way, we stopped by Upeh Guling waterfall for lunch. After eating, we journeyed further to the Batu Hampar campsite. Horror quickly struck us as we arrived; we saw a trail inclined up to 70 degrees with an arrow pointing towards it saying ‘Buaya Sangkut – 8km’, our destination the next day!
 
 
At the break of dawn, the next day, we took breakfast early. This was in order to have a head start on the hike. The stretch was known to be frequented by wild animals. Our guide was careful not to go near fan palm areas as tigers like to rest in large leaves. Only carrying necessities, we braved dangerous slopes and the inclined pathways. After the 3 hour long and tiresome trek, we heaved a sigh of relief upon hearing the thunderous roar of the 40m high waterfall- Buaya Sangkut- which was named after an native legend.

When the water level is low, it is said that one could see a crocodile shaped stone at the foot of the waterfall. Hairi expertly brought us to a cliff after enjoying the waters. From it he pointed to a stone and slowly shaped the legendary crocodile. Praising God for such majestic beauty, we descended back to Batu Hampar. Following lunch, we pushed ourselves to another 3 hours of strenuous hike to Kuala Jasin for the sake of dinner. Waking up in Kuala Jasin, we noticed three rafts set in the camp grounds.
 
   
   

Assuming that rafting would be more of a reward for all the hikes, we smiled anticipatingly. After breakfast, we had a quick briefing by an instructor on the raft and the paddling techniques. Safety equipment such as helmets and life-jackets were also provided. Aside from the giant river catfish, which is reputed to swallow monkeys, this river is generally safe for beginners to try out their skills. After pushing and paddling for 2 hours, we finally reached the “Orang Asli” village of in Kg. Peta.
 
The Team: Sr Cmdr Jim Guneratnam, Micheal Soong, Kenneth Leong, Outpost Cmdr Wong Horr Wai, Samuel Ngeow, Asher park, Andrew Yem, Lee Kah Yun, Samuel Soong, Eugene Hong, Lam Kah LKeong and Hansel Wong (Left to Right)
This experience has been motivating physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. We have had many situations such as close encounters with snakes, leech bites, bee stings, and allergies. What started out as a simple hiking trip for 9 boys and 3 leaders resulted in an experience to treasure for a lifetime.
 
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