When: 11/4/06 (Tuesday)
Where: Gunung Datuk (2,900 ft), Rembau
Who: Total of 14 people (5 for Chamah training, 5 for Mt. KK training, 4 for Mulu Trip Training)
How to get there
Follow the NS highway to South, turn into Senawang Exit, follow the sign board all the way to Rembau. Then follow the sign board to Hutan Lipur Gunung Datuk. Total time taken from Senawang to Gunung Datuk base camp is about 30 minutes drive.
Easy hike. After parking your car near the Gunung Datuk base camp at foot hill, cross the river and start to hike in the jungle. The trail is very clear and there is only 1 way to go up and down. The most difficult path is at the first half an hour, the path is very steep before reaching at a flat ground which is the best place for taking a break.
The path after the rest area is steep, but difficulty level is not as high as the previous path. The steep path will continue for about 30 minutes, then all the way at behind until the campsite at summit is just a normal and easy trail.
Go up the big rock at your left, follow the ladders which will lead you to the summit. You will see a very nice and wide view from the summit.
Water point is at the other side of the campsite, perhaps it is a 30 minutes journey to the water point.
What the pain
We took 1hr 45min to reach at summit. Perhaps this timing was too fast for the team. I was leading at in front, Siew Ling felt dizzy after 10-15 minutes of hike. She was guided and accompanied by 2 gentlemen, Boon Keat and Leong at behind. While we were resting at the flat ground after 26 minutes, we were waiting for them for quite long. After continuing hiking for about 15 minutes, we received the latest update that Siew Ling has gave up and she would be escorted by the two gentlemen and returned to the foot hill.
My mood started to turn down dramatically as I realized this is caused by my fault. The team started to blame me that they were hiking too fast at the most difficult and most steep path without body having proper warm up. Next, I was blamed that not taking care of the teammates at behind…
Ouch… Now I know, always ask your teammates are they okay if they not report their problem even they looked pretty fit and following you closely without requesting for stop. The concept is as simple as at the workspace, the boss should always ask his/her subordinates is everything fine if the subordinates never feedback to the boss instead of just assumed everything is fine…