For Adventurous Journey, I will be writing about my 5 days 4 nights’trek to Mount Stong.
I wish I can rewind the time and experience this again. After the Kayaking trip to Kukup Island, CAMP CHALLENGE organised another Adventurous Journey and this time it is to trek to Mount Stong! I thought of climbing mountain before this trip and I’ve never thought it will happen so soon and the fact that I will be able to reach the summit.
The scale of the team became smaller and there were roughly 10-12 of us that signed up. There were 3 phases for the trek, Preparation, Trekking and Post-Trekking phase. Tons of training was put into preparation for the trek to Mount Stong. As this time the main physical part of our body that was activated (or I should say more emphasised) are on our legs.
We were told that we are supposed to do all the preparation from scratch. There were many things that needs to be taken into hands, the administration, food rational, logistics, safety evacuation plan and more. Everyone is given a role on what is to done for the trek. And I got the role of being the Administration IC, together with a friend (someone that have experienced) we handled all the administrative stuff on booking tickets, writing down the minutes for every meeting we had etc. My role was manageable as I have someone experience guiding me along. We did a lot of training in prep for the actual trek. Each and every one of us did our job diligently and we helped for one another. We got our food rations ready, logistics ready with helps from RP on the bag packs.
As the day arrived, we were ready to depart from Singapore with a chartered bus to Mount Stong. When we got to the base of the mountain, I was super excited and at the same time nervous for what’s coming for me for the entire journey. Our aim is to reach our base on the mountain before the sun set. We trekked for 3 hours till we reached a waterfall, and it was the most beautiful water I had seen up closed. Just when we wanted to take a group picture, I had a slip and fell into the water. That was the most hilarious part of the journey! I was half wet and my shoes were worn off. I thought “Good luck to me for the rest of the Trekking. Just don’t fall again, please!” I was originally afraid that I would pull down the team as I need to be cautious with every steps that I take, because I don’t want to fall again. Surprisingly everything was fine to the base of the mountain. There wasn’t and hiccups throughout the day. The moment we reached the base, we were all exhausted. But our leader said that we still have things to do, which is to set up the tents and prepare our dinner. It was actually a fun procedure as we all have a role and everyone was helping each other. Got things done fast and in a blink of an eye, its dinner! Day 2, we were told that we don’t have to bring our backpacks, just a day pack to put our essentials and off we trek to the peak of Mount Stong. Everything when smoothly till the sun set. There was a heavy rain pour! Worst time to rain, We got to shift all our bags into the tent and keep everything dry. Sadly, 2 of our tents got wet and we were to sleep in only one tent with 10 people. Crazy! Take note that we are all adults, but we manage and brave through the cold and squeezes. Our last day, We trek down with our backpacks and I was dead tired but I am glad my friends got my back and we cheer each other up. Finally with all the whines that I had, we reached to the bottom of the base!
I am glad I finished the expedition, with my dear friends! I am surprised that I did it. The most beautiful sight that I had seen was the smile on everyone faces when we reached the summit.
After another ride, back to Singapore, we started to unpack all the logistics and separate the dirtied stuff that needs to be washed. When everything is done, we all had a fruitful MacBreakfast to end the day! We check-out on the next day with our experiences and I am glad I have this bunch of friends to complete the trek with me.
- 2 Months prior of weekly meetings to distribute roles and updates. 1-2 hours of meeting each time.
- Every Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays are physical training sessions for 2 hours.
- Once a month, to purchase logistics needed for trek. Takes up about half a day.
- 19th September – 23rd September
- 3 Days 2 Nights trek up Mount Stong.
- 2 Days of travelling 10 hours bus ride back and fro.
- First day trek up to base camp took 4 hours.
- Second day trek up to summit took 8 hours back and forth in total.
- Third day trek was descending Mount Stong, taking up 4 hours.
- Cleaning, washing and packing up of logistics took about 2 hours.
- Debrief and conclusion took 1 hour.