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Malaysia

5.9 km (3.7 miles) ENE of Long Taan, Sarawak, Malaysia
Approx. altitude: 332 m (1089 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 3°S 65°W

Accuracy: 27 m (88 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: A view of the area #3: Looking South #4: Looking East #5: Looking West #6: We three and one of the guides #7: Our very friendly hosts - Ding and Margaret #8: Traveling by longboat #9: An easier way down the mountain #10: GPS coordinates

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  3°N 115°E  

#1: Looking North

(visited by Keith Howard and Randip Singh)

10-Dec-2006 -- This was a well researched C.P. with local transport booked early for the 8 hour journey to Long Taan. The three of us, Myself, my daughter Kalysha and friend Randip set out with great eagerness for the 3-day journey. Although this is the rainy season the journey on the first day went quite well, with only one area where we were bogged down in the muddy logging road. But expert driving by our guide/driver soon had us on our way. Our arrival at the Longhouse - Long Jeeh, (which is actually nearer the CP than Long Taan) was a warm and very friendly one. We were to stay in this longhouse for the next two nights. The following morning we hired a longboat to take us upriver to as close to the CP as possible. We arrived at my estimated point on the river and embarked, to continue on foot. Uphill of course, it always seems to be uphill. Although the DCP information here said 900+ meters, Google- Earth had told me 350 meters approx. We set off into the primary jungle with our two guides to make sure we wouldn't get lost. Following GPS readings (sometimes disappearing completely because of the overhead tree canopy) and compass bearings it took us about 2.5 hours of hard slogging, climbing and cutting through jungle growth to reach the CP. We came to within 30 meters of the point but to get any closer meant climbing down a very steep mountain side and the guides said it would be too dangerous, so we had to settle for where we were.

After a lunch break and drinks we set off back. This time the guides advised we climb a little higher and then cut across the side of the mountain and head down to a stream, this would then take us to the main river we had earlier traveled on by boat. This we did and arrived back at the Baram River in just under two hours. There the boat was waiting for us, and although the heavens had opened and was giving us a good tropical rainstorm drowning it did not dampen our spirits at having successfully visited the CP.

An interesting confluence point, but certainly not for the faint hearted or unfit.


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#1: Looking North
#2: A view of the area
#3: Looking South
#4: Looking East
#5: Looking West
#6: We three and one of the guides
#7: Our very friendly hosts - Ding and Margaret
#8: Traveling by longboat
#9: An easier way down the mountain
#10: GPS coordinates
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