July 7, 2013

Conquering the Bald Hill


Bald Hill, Sepangar, Sabah


Me and The Baks went out as a team again yesterday to hike and conquer the Bald Hill Sepangar, which is also known by the locals as Bukit Botak or Bukit Gundul. All this time, I could only see the hill from car window, now I know that it's conquerable and we made it! It's a beautiful green hill with bald top (no trees) that you'd notice if you're in Sepangar area. As it's a unique hill, I was on cloud 9 when they set up a plan to hike there. 

There are 2 starting points to climb Bald Hill, one from UiTM, another from a construction site next to MARDI (the one that we used). We started hiking around 10 am which was quite late already as the scorching sun was rising high. To get to the peak of the hill, we had to go through deep jungle, climb and cross a valley. It's really challenging for a first-timer like me. Okay, to be more specific, we're all first-timers, none of us had ever climbed it before and we took the challenge without any guides. So we just followed the existing trail, that's almost covered by bushes and long grass, with our instincts. 



take 2

beautiful woods

feel like rangers :p

almost there


We reached the Bald Hill peak after an hour. Subhanallah, it's so beautiful! We're amazed by the mesmerizing view from up there and despite the hot sun, the breeze was soothing. We can see the UMS, sea of Sepangar Bay, islands, navy base, and the whole KK city! They could even see their houses! Lol. And yes, at the highest peak, it's really bald, no bushes or trees, except a lone bamboo tree, Sabah flag and long grass. We just sat there, took pictures, relaxed and ate some foods that we brought along to fuel up while enjoying our beautiful land of Sabah. 

The journey of going down was another story. I never thought that going down could be more challenging than going up. Because of tiredness and less focus (we talked a lot) while climbing, we got lost twice. Not leaving marks was a mistake, and we didn't see the trail clearly. The situation reminded me of "The Road Not Taken" but there's no time to joke about it. It took them quite a while to figure out the correct trail. I didn't help at all as I was too tired to think, but of course I was worried if we stuck there forever. It's gonna rain and we must go down before dark. Alhamdulillah, we found the trail anyway. But then, my legs were too tired to deal with the steepness. I made a wrong step, tripped and fell to the ground. Man, it hurt. My doctor-to-be friend checked my ankle if it's broken. Thank God it's fine. I fought the pain and forced myself to continue the journey. Going down was agony. 

Well, we returned safely. Despite the wrong turn, clumsy step and fatigue, we had so much fun. Honestly, it's worth our time. It's a great adventure and surely we'll climb again next time with complete preparation. Heeee.. 



we made it

at the summit

just resting

hey KK

another great day with them





11 comments:

  1. o itu namanya bukit gundul ah. sangat cantik! kalau saya limpas area tu mimang nampak and dari rumah adik sa di KK pun nampak tu bukit..hope ada peluang untuk daki bukit gundul

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    1. iya..banyak ba nama dia bukit tu. hehe. yes it's so beautiful, nampak dari jauh pun cantik, naik atas tu pun dpt tgk pemandangan cantik jg. hehe

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  2. It was a strange name 'Bald Hill'. And i notice there's some parts of the hill look bald. Haha.
    I like hiking too, very adventerous.

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    1. from distant, it looks like a golf course at the top of hill. but apparently, there are long grasses. hehe..

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  3. bestnya.. selalu nampak dari jauh ja ni hill o..

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    1. kann..sebelum ni kami nmpak dr jalan raya ja, skrg suda naik. hehe

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  4. ohhh. so it was Bukit Botak! Selalu nampak and selalu tertanya2, "Is that padang ragut?". Hahaha. Wah. Cantiknya dalam hutan2 tu. Kalau ambil gambar potret, memang lawa. InsyaAllah akan daki juga la bukit tu nanti. InsyaALLAH :D

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    1. haha..nama sebenar dia bukit gundul, tp lg suka panggil bukit botak. :p
      ya mmg cantik, oleh sbb kami ada phone camera ja, so mls mau ambil gmbr yg smart2. hehehe...go climb!

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  5. I am so jealous. I can't do anything of the sort in Singapore. Bikin panas. Siok lagi sana, hijau-hijau.

    The Baks! Ada suda ka YouTube channel diorang? ;D

    Oya, it's Friday tomorrow!

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    1. bukan di Singapore ada bungee jump ka? u can do that! hehehe...
      the official one? no, not yet..they're all busy currently. huhu.
      have a nice day, Arms :)

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  6. Aemy, klo mau enter dari mardi buli masuk jak ka? Atau kna ada permission? Slamat ka juga klo pergi sendiri teda guide? Macam mau pigi oh weekend ni

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