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Ascent of Phuket Island High Point on 2013-05-28

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Samuel Hahn
Wren Dupre
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Phuket Island High Point
    Location:Thailand
    Elevation:540 m / 1772 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Method of transportation to trailhead: Aircraft Carrier, Boat, Van, & Tuk-Tuk (in that order)

This peak is part of an overall effort to peakbag while on a deployment with the Navy this year. We pulled into Phuket, Thailand for a few days of liberty and I had already done my research looking for anything worth hiking during my visit. There are 2 guys who live in Phuket, hike, and blog about it. Both of them had blog entries regarding this peak, and some other hills on the island.

To reach the trailhead, take a tuk-tuk or any other form of local transportation to Kathu Falls. The exact trailhead is actually about 150m before the road's end where the trail up the waterfall starts and there is a little store. The road you start up is a bit hard to find when you are driving up in the back of a tuk-tuk, so we first hiked up the waterfalls (worth the short walk), then up the wrong trail. It didn't take too long to realize our mistake, so we turned back and looked for the road before the falls indicated in the trip reports. We found it and even compared a picture from about 300m up it to a picture from the trip report to make sure that we were on track.

We passed a few cabins in the jungle on the way up, pretty cool. We only had to bushwhack through the jungle a few times, each time, my awesome navigation skills kept us right on track and we were able to stay on route. There was one tricky spot near the top where I somehow spotted a completely overgrown track heading into the jungle and we took it. It emptied into an area that had been cut for a rubber plantation, so the walk to the top of the hill there was pretty easy. Another short walk into the jungle and we
were on the highest point on the island. The top had a little marker like on some American peaks from the Thai equivalent of the Geologic Survey. I got a few good pics on top. I leaned up against a tree on top and was rewarded with 3 leaches trying to attach themselves to my hands. I managed to get them off before they could successfully attach to me. Sam and Ren were not too excited about the leaches. I figure it's a small price for a great hike!

We took the same route down and realized that it would be tough to find a tuk-tuk ride back from the trailhead, so we started walking towards town with the hope of finding some good food and a tuk-tuk. After walking about half a kilometer, some guy asked us if we needed a ride. We said, sure, how much? 500 baht for all 3 of us to get back over to Patong Beach. Not bad. We took the ride. After much-needed showers, we headed out for some Thai food, followed by a little bar-hopping on Bangla Road. Thailand
makes Vegas look like Disneyland - absolute debauchery & insanity at night...

Stats:
5.19 mi
2.1 mph moving avg
2h 25m moving time
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:559 m / 1837 ft
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:559 m / 1837 ft
    Extra Loss:79 m / 262 ft
    Route:Rubber Plantation Roads & Jungle Bushwhacking
    Trailhead:60 m / 197 ft
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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