Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bukit Tabur Accident September 21, 2009

It was first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, we were outstation attending a wedding function when we received a call for help at one noon, saying that someone fell in Bukit Tabur.

To our knowledge, most of our friends have gone outstation mountain climbing in view of the long stretch of public holiday during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri .

After some contacting, two of our friends, ( they didn't want their name mentioned) a husband & wife team climbers, though they have just came down climbing Bukit Tabur West, responded to the call for help.

They related that they grabed some buns to fill their stomach, up again went to Bukit Tabur East to help search for the victims.

They manage to find the location of the fall victim but in no way, either of them was able to provide any further assistence due to the danger therein other than liasing to inform the police on the same.

At 9.48 pm, we received an sms indicating that the missing person was found with some minor injury.

We understand there isn't any special task force to tackle various problems arise out of fall or accidents or lost in the jungle for Bukit Tabur.

As hobbyist in mountain climbing, we do have limitation in helping should there be any accident happens.

We strongly advise against climbing Bukit Tabur all alone without any company, more so when you are unfamiliar with the terrain, never must anyone under estimate the danger therein Bukit Tabur, East or West

Also, let's not put the rescuer, be it police or Jabatan Perhikmatan Awam at risk of danger too.

Star Online

Tuesday September 22, 2009

Bushes cushion elderly hiker’s fall

KUALA LUMPUR: A 51-year-old man who went hiking at Bukit Tabur, Ampang, slipped and fell 30m but was saved when he landed on some bushes yesterday.

The hiker, who only wanted to be known as Lim, was stuck there for more than six hours before the authorities rescued him at 6.30pm.

Ampang Jaya Deputy OCPD Supt Amiruddin Jamiluddin said the man, who was from Tanjung Sempat, started hiking in the morning but he was unfamiliar with the terrain.

“He realised he was lost at about 12.30pm,” he said, adding that the victim slipped while trying to find his way out.

Lim called his family for help on his mobile phone at 3.30pm.

Supt Amiruddin said it took about three hours to locate the hiker.

“He suffered light injuries and was sent to Hospital Kuala Lumpur for treatment,” he said.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bukit Tabur East : Terrain

Random pictures showing some parts of the terrains up the Bukit Tabur East ( Crystal Hill East)

Most part of the crystal hill at the East side is of narrow range, some stretches allow passage on one by one passing through, with vertical cliff clear seen on one side, and vegetation growth on the other covering the cliff on the other.

Trekker was seen carefully climbing by clinging and manouvering himself through rocks

Click to view original size of the picture

Some parts are rather steep with ranges of 60 to 90 degrees, if anyone with height phobia, probably he/she will be sit sliding, squat sliding to get from one spot to the other.

Take a look at the tree trunk right to the trekker in yellow t-shirt versus the girl trying to get down, this is the vertical slope that i have been trying to explain.

Passing through few steep slopes, one will have the chance to see the beautiful view of the water dam and it's water catchment.

Amidst the gentle cool breeze blows you by.

Bukit Tabur East : Entrance

There are lots of information on Bukit Tabur West on the internet, but i notice not much on Bukit Tabur East, ( Crystal Hill East Side) climbing Tabur East is equally if not more challenging than Bukit Tabur West.

I would like to contribute some information on how to get to the Bukit Tabur East, some features on the terrains, and what to look out when you venture into this part of the Crystal Hill.

There are two most distinct ways to get to Bukit Tabur East.

On the right of this Klang Gate Dam ( Empangan Klang Gate), there is a flight of stairs that go towards the river, you will need to walk down the stairs towards the river.

, crossing the river to get to the other side to get to the foothill.

During rainy season, it is not advisable to go by this way as large volume of water can swell up within very short time.

The pebbles/stones at the river bed can be very slippery too.

Best way to get to the foothill is via the big water pipe near the hill which has some government quarters or perhaps the district engineer's housing.

Park your cars by the side and walk alongside the big waterpipes.

Whether crossing the river or walk alongside the big waterpipe, trekkers will end up at the foothill of Tabur East.

Notice the arrow that shows start here, I was a few steps up from the entrance of the trail.