2017 - Strata Waterfalls on Sungai Sekiah @ 358m elevation

Strata Waterfalls Adventure in Diamond Creeks

12.08.2017 - Strata Waterfalls Adventure, a project of the Malaysian Outward Bound Youth Association (MOBYA) in conjunction with the Association 60th Anniversary and our country's Merdeka celebration. Malaysian celebrates its 60th National Day on 31 August 2017. Yours truly, Ching Neng Bin the Association's Treasurer General took the initiative to organise this adventure. Within 20 days, we managed to round up 32 participants for trekking up to the waterfalls. Strata Waterfalls is on Sungai Sekiah and at an elevation of 358 meter. We were all very glad to have done it, and trekking to the falls was truly an adventure. Our next trekking adventure would be Gunung Kutu near Kuala Kubu Bharu.
While waiting for the participants to arrive, Ching Neng Bin had the life time experience in this ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) at Diamond Creeks in the early morning of 12.08.2017. All-terrain vehicle with wheels are designed to travel on rough ground. In fact this was Ching's second time on ATV, his first time was the White Sand Dunes, Mui Ne in Vietnam. This ATV belongs to Simon Kaw a resident in Diamond Creeks.
The members of Malaysia Outward Bound Youth Association at the Annual Delegate Conference the next day.
Standing (L-R): George Ling Keoi Tai, Rangasamy, Andrew Tong King Hon, Tam Sher Ren, David Foo Kah Ching, Ng Peng Kieng, Jerry Ng, Ray Lee Chow Foh, Stanley Wong.  
Front row: Datuk Mohanadas, Chan Nam Hong, Ramakrishna, Val Allan, Ching Neng Bin, Chan Ying Wai and Connie Foong.







10.15am - Ching Neng Bin gave a short briefing to all participants before the start of the trek.
Mr Val Allan​ the former school warden of Outward Bound School Lumut then gave a short briefing on tracking and commenced the event by blowing three sound with a bull's horn.
The group photo of all participants and friends of Diamond Creeks residence.
(L-R) Mr Val Allan, Ching Neng Bin and Datuk Mohanadas Nagappan.
To get there is to go to Tanjung Malim and follow the directions for Kg Behrang Hulu and Proton City. After passing Proton City, look for a junction with a signboard to Diamond Creeks, a country resort. After 3 km you will reach the gate of this resort, where you must ask the security guards for permission to visit the waterfall. Continue the road until the end. Here the trail starts, first through neglected palm oil plantations.
10.35am - We were all at the trail head getting ready for trekking.
The ever ready MOBYA happy smiling trekkers. (L-R) Jerry Ng, Ginny Tan, Samantha Aw, Wei Wei, Molly Yew, Tang Kiw Foong, Ray Lee (in car) and George Ling.

(L-R) Tam Sher Ren, Ginny Tan, George Ling, Tang Kiw Foong, Wei Wei and Molly Yew. 

Stanley Wong
Ching Neng Bin


Ching Neng Bin packing his day pack.
Ching Neng Bin packing his day pack.

Samantha Aw
En Amir, his wife Nurkushi and children.





10.43am - Happy trekking commenced.

There are many trails, so finding your way can be a bit complicated.











10.55am - After crossing the bridge on the trail you keep the stream to your right until a river crossing.









11.13am - Taking a rest and waiting for the rest.

Passing through the bamboo forest.
Passing through the bamboo forest.
12.10am - At the first waterfall.
Basically you keep the stream to your right until you come to the river crossing. After the crossing the river should be on your left until you reach the waterfalls. The wide track becomes a small trail, sometimes quite overgrown. This is the second time visited the falls, the first time on 23.07.2017 via different route.








This is the start of river trekking, meaning walking along the river side.

This is a place to be extremely careful. Not only because the rocks are slippery, but this place is prone to flash flooding.






This is a place to be extremely careful. Not only because the rocks are slippery, but this place is prone to flash flooding.


This is a place to be extremely careful. Not only because the rocks are slippery, but this place is prone to flash flooding.


This is a place to be extremely careful. Not only because the rocks are slippery, but this place is prone to flash flooding.


This is a place to be extremely careful. Not only because the rocks are slippery, but this place is prone to flash flooding.


The many remains of sometimes huge trees give an impression of how powerful and dangerous the stream can then become.


The many remains of sometimes huge trees give an impression of how powerful and dangerous the stream can then become.

Datuk Mohanadas Nagappan getting over a big log.
Ginny Tan
Tam Sher Ren and Song Poh





River trekking is always slow and it took us about an hour.





The best place to take a good rest.




Ginny Tan and David Foo
Crossing the river for the steep climb ahead.

Crossing the river for the steep climb ahead.

Crossing the river for the steep climb ahead.

Ching helping trekkers to cross this muddy pool.


12.13pm - After crossing the river for a very steep climb here.
After crossing the river for a steep climb here and the track becomes a small trail, sometimes quite overgrown.


After crossing the river for a steep climb here and the track becomes a small trail, sometimes quite overgrown.


After crossing the river for a very steep climb.

12.35pm - We arrived at the Strata Waterfalls.




12.52pm - Taking lunch at the waterfalls.



Ching Neng Bin​'s bloody feet due to the suckers -  leeches.





 





Thanks to Goh Ah Hua who took the group photograph.

The impressive upper and middle part of Strata Waterfalls.
The impressive upper and middle part of Strata Waterfalls.
1.03pm - Swimming time at the waterfalls.
1.03pm - Swimming time at the waterfalls.
The impressive upper part of Strata Waterfalls.

The impressive upper and middle parts of Strata Waterfalls with the beautiful pool below.

A nice water pool at the base of the middle part of Strata Waterfall.



A very nice pool for a deep at Strata Waterfall.


We climbed to the top of the waterfall to see the source of water.

The source of water that feeds the waterfall.

01.35 pm – Packed and getting ready to hike back.
03.10pm – We were all back at trail head safe and sound. We were all very glad to have done that and trekking to the falls was truly an adventure.


(L-R) Chan Nam Hong, Ramakrishna, Val Allan and Pauline Toh. 
A sumptuous dinner at Ga Onn Restaurant in Tanjong Malim after a hard day's trek.

(L-R) Tam Sher Ren, Rangasamy, Dato Mohanadas and Sally Gunn.

(L-R) Chan Ying Wai, Connie Foong and David Foo Kah Ching.

(L-R) Wei Wei, George Ling and Ray Lee Chow Foh.

(L-R) Stanley Wong, Andrew Tong King Hong and Tam Sher Ren.
(L-R) Catherine Oon, Chee Ah Kim and Ng Peng Kieng.


(L-R) Lim Ka Tin, Tan Chee Seng, Song Poh and Ginny Tan.






After our sumptuous dinner at Ga Onn Restaurant in Tanjong Malim, we had our jamming session at George Ling's home-stay - Ching Neng Bin, Tan Chee Seng, Steven Hor and Ng Peng Kieng. 


Malaysian Outward Bound Youth Association (MOBYA)
Strata Waterfall Adventure in Diamond Creek
Saturday, 12 August 2017

Tentative program
10.00 am – Meet-up-point at Diamond Creek guard house
10.15 am – Briefing and Group photograph session
10.30 am – Drive to head trail to park your cars at a small roundabout
12.30 pm – Reach waterfall for packed lunch
01.45 pm – Pack and hike back
03.10 pm – Back at trail head

Bring your packed lunch.
Own transport or carpool to the meeting point.
You are most welcome to call me for any assistance.
For outstation trekkers, camping ground at Diamond Creeks are available (FOC) if you want to stay a night to enjoy the cool serene environment of Diamond Creeks.

The 32 trekkers:
1. Amir
2. Amir’s wife Nurkushi + 3 children
3. Amy Teresa Wong ( OBA)
4. Andrew Tong (OBA)
5. Chee Ah Kim (Mrs Ng P.K.)
6. Ching Neng Bin (OBA)
7. Datin Paduka Yong Dai Ying
8. Datuk Mohanadas Nagappan
9. David Foo (OBA)
10. Foo Jun Lai
11. George ling (OBA)
12. Ginny Tan (OBA)
13. Goh Ah Hua (OBS)
14. Jerry Ng ( OBA)
15. Kushi (Mrs Amir)
16. Lem Yew Meng
17. Lim Ka Tin
18. Lim Liang Teck
19. Michael Yen
20. Molly Yew Gaik Choo (OBA)
21. Ng Peng Kiang (OBA)
22. Pansy (Mrs Lim L Teik)
23. Ray Lee 1 (OBA)
24. Ray Lee 2 (OBA)
25. Ray Lee 3 (OBA)
26. Soe Zhao Yuan
27. Song Poh (OBA)
28. Stanley Wong (OBA)
29. Tam Sher Ren (OBA)
30. Tan Chee Seng (OBA)
31. Tang Kiw Foong (OBA)
32. WeiWei (Mrs George)
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