What we're about

The Kuala Lumpur Hiking and Trail Running Meetup Group is established with the purpose of finding like minded individuals who enjoy going out for the purpose of getting/staying fit and enjoying nature. This group was not so much about the activity being a social gathering, but about getting some serious exercise on a regular basis.

Although the initial plan was to organise interesting hikes in hilly terrain that will take up to a full day within two hours drive from the centre of Kuala Lumpur, our hikers are now expanding their views. New hiking venues, in other states and even other countries, are now presented and explored.

Meetup KL Hiking is organising events for all levels of hikers, from sheer beginners to experienced trailblazers. It is highly recommended to read the write-up very carefully and to understand the rating of a hike (http://www.meetup.com/KLhiking/pages/Hiking_rates_%28revised_1st_May_2013%29/).

The rating system allows you to judge whether or not this hike will be too difficult for you.

Generally I'll do a survey hike before scheduling an event, so I know what to expect for the hikes which are organised. During the hike I focus very much on group dynamics, and it's a rule of thumb that nobody will be left behind. We're all links in the hiking chain and nobody is more or less important than anybody else... For every hike, I will be the last one to leave the venue in order to be sure that everybody made it out safely. Creating an adventurous but most of all a safe hiking experience is my goal.

For every event you will find specific instructions in the write-up. Every event has a MUST READ link to a Knowledge Base. Pay special attention to the topic "What is the procedure for this event...?"

There are some basic elements:

wear shoes with profile (a pattern on the soles to prevent slipping and gliding); adidas kampung is good to start with...
wear suitable and comfortable clothing (will get dirty...)
bring appropriate shoes for river crossings, if any
carry a proper backpack
rain gear is recommended
pack your valuables in plastic bags (mobile phone, camera, etc)
be prepared for the unexpected (first aid kit, whistle, emergency blanket, headlamp, gps,...)
leave a towel and some dry clothes in the car
bring something warm to wear at the top if your hike is a climb
a pair of gloves doesn't weigh that much (thorns, roots, trees, mud)
if you are comfortable using a walking stick, bring it along
bring enough snacks (carbohydrates) and drinks; 0.5 litre for each hour hike is normal
mosquito repellent and leech protection is recommended
please be responsible and don't litter – be sure not to leave any rubbish along the track

It should not be necessary to highlight certain common sense behaviour, but I do it anyway in order to avoid any misunderstandings:

All participants will respect each other's background, religion, race, complexion, etc and will try their utmost not to offend anyone with their behaviour. This would include bringing alcoholic drinks to the events and taking showers on public roads.

Although English is not the mother tongue for almost all members, I'm sure we all can refrain from using insulting words and expressions.

While hiking we respect the nature surrounding us, as we are the “intruders”; the jungle doesn't belong to us. We will bring back any drinking bottles/food wrappers we used along the way. In short "Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures". In this philosophy the sweeper will remove the paper markers which we lay for participants to follow.

The Meetup website is publicly accessible. So don't post any phone numbers or e-mail addresses in the comment sections. We only mention mobile phone numbers on the carpooling list, which can only be accessed by the participants of a particular hike. The same goes for the carpooling link. Let's keep it private as we don't want anybody else than our hikers to make alterations to the list, do we?

This group has no commercial agenda. There will be neither membership fees nor fees to join an event. Entrance or permit fees to enter certain venues will be specified in the write-up of the event and are to be paid individually to the respective authorities. Expenses for events that come with a price tag like camping trips, coach travel, hikes abroad, etc. will be shared by the participants for that particular event.

If an event host is asking you to answer some questions during the confirmation process, please do so. And be sure you answer them completely. This will make the pre-organisation of a hike smoother.

Normally, for every event carpooling is recommended. If there's a carpooling list, passengers have to look for and contact a driver in their neighbourhood to make the necessary arrangements; not the other way around! Carpooling is by no means taxi service... Carpooling fees are settled directly between driver and passenger.

If you're interested to participate for an event, you click RSVP Yes on the event page(s) of your choice. Although every event page contains a link to a registration form (https://form.jotformpro.com/71381607577968), only the very first time you participate you have to fill in this form. For most other events it will be sufficient to RSVP Yes, unless specified otherwise. If there are any changes in your particulars, kindly submit the Update form (https://form.jotformpro.com/71381889577980).

If you RSVP "Yes" you make a commitment. Do realise that! You are expected to show up for the event and to show up on time. We pay attention to hikers who simply don't show up for an event. Serial no show offenders will be removed as a member.

There will be no waiting for people who are late at the specified meetup location. If you change your mind about attending, or you are unable to participate, you are expected to change your RSVP status before the event, otherwise it will result in a no show on your profile.

Before an event starts you will receive a laminated card with a number. Your name is listed with that number. After the hike you will return the card at the designated place so the event host knows that you returned safely to the car park. Do NOT forget to return your card.

Although there are no fees, there will be a penalty of RM20 however in the following cases:

If you join an event and are not a KL Hiking member
If you didn't submit the registration form prior to your first participation
If you forget to sign in/sign out on the event day - which is actually done with the numbered card.
If you are being listed as a Now Show for three events

You are attending the hikes/runs at your own risk. The event host will try his/her best to assist and guide, but is in no way responsible, liable or accountable for any damage, personal injuries, death, etc. By clicking RSVP “Yes” for an event and/or signing the attendance list and/or making a payment, it is deemed that you have read, agreed and accepted the terms and conditions of the disclaimer which can be found here: Disclaimer (http://www.meetup.com/KLhiking/pages/Disclaimer)

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Many hikers are asking us when our group will resume their activities. We understand that you are all eager to start hiking again. However do note that the federal and local SOPs in place during this RMCO do not allow us to hike as a group, measures we will respect. During this RMCO, which will last until 31/08/2020, there are measures in place, imposed either by the federal or the local authorities, that allow but also affect hiking activities. We understand that many guidelines are confusing, to say the least. Nevertheless we urge our members to have a sensible approach to what the new hiking norms and modalities are and will be. Once again we would like to draw your attention to the following: - respect the starting date as some venues are not open to the public yet - respect the opening hours of the venues as per SOP - we advise to hike with not more than 2 other people - follow the indicated trail or directions as and if requested by local authorities - respect social distancing at all times - bring a face mask or a buff and wear it when in close contact with others - apply for a Forestry Department permit where necessary - do not wear your KL Hiking T-shirt during individual hikes Despite the fact that some guidelines allow more than 3 hikers in a group, we advise you to 'stay small' in order to limit the risk of infection. At some venues, hikers are instructed to follow one particular trail, or to follow a trail in a particular direction. Follow these instructions. We noticed several complaints about hikers not complying at all. Most of the hikers consider hiking as a workout, hence heavy breathing and panting are part of the game. Protect those around you and protect yourself by keeping a considerable distance of 3 to 5 metres from each other. If social distancing is nearly impossible, make sure you will put your face mask or buff on. We can't emphasise enough that Forestry Reserves cannot be accessed without the application, in advance, of a permit. A group of 14 hikers was recently detained, allegedly for hiking without a permit. We regret that the Forestry Department has not included this important issue in their SOP as this could have been an ideal opportunity to (re)inform all hikers. The only purpose of the KL Hiking T-shirts is to bond, to unify. It should not be considered as a safety net by hikers who violate certain measures during individual and group hikes outside KL Hiking. It is an understatement that we regret and disapprove of actions by hikers not respecting the measures in place. Please do keep in mind that authorities have threatened to close the hiking trails again if the respective SOPs are not respected. Broga Hill was the first venue to be closed again for this reason. We urge our hikers to be mature and adhere to these measures for the greater good. Once again we don't want to be the victims because irresponsible hikers ruin it for the rest of the hiking community. As a group we continue distancing ourselves from any action which is not in accordance with the regulations in force.

Tour du Mont Blanc (France, Italy, Switzerland) - 12D/11N - Rating: (Very) Hard

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*** This is a year 2021 event *** The 2020 event has been rescheduled to this 2021 event. We anticipate that not all those who confirmed for the 2020 event will still want to join the 2021 event. So if you are interested to participate, fill in this form http://bit.ly/tmb2021 and pay the deposit of RM100.00 to show your commitment. No other payment will be required before October 2020. Pricing is indicative as it will be based on the for 2021 applicable accommodation and transportation rates, which are of course not available yet. MUST READ - Knowledge Base (such as Membership Form, Participation form, Participation fee, Important to know, Photos...): http://bit.ly/2YxeI5s You do not need to register or log in to have access to the Knowledge Base. Please make sure you go through the topics in the guidelines before clicking Yes/Going for this event and before posting any questions in the comment section. This trek is CONFIRMED. There are only limited accommodation spots available in the mountain huts/hostels and they tend to get fully booked pretty fast. The earlier you confirm your participation, the more chance you have that we still have a spot for you. Before the former USSR split up in separate countries (some of them are in Europe now), the iconic Mount Blanc was the highest mountain in Europe. Hence this epic trek around the Mont Blanc massif is a bucket list item for many hikers. For more than ten days we will circle around the mountain starting off in France, passing through Italy on the way to Switzerland and back to France. No doubt that, if you love mountains, this is one of the most amazing treks on the planet. Day in day out we will be treated with unforgettable vistas and panoramas, while working our way from one mountain hut/hostel to the next. An epic journey of 170km with 10,000m elevation gain. We will hike the entire circuit (and some of the detours), so we will not have land transfers or cable car rides from one place to another as this is the case for many other organised treks. Due the remoteness of some of the mountain huts/hostels, luggage transfer is impossible and since you will not find any porter service, you have to keep your luggage to the minimum (or suffer carrying a heavy load). We will spend the night in mixed dorms and will have our meals in the accommodation places, so there is no need to carry tent, sleeping bag, food, cooking stuff, etc. There should be no AMS concern as we hardly surpass the 2500m asl mark and temperatures should remain in the 13-26 degrees Celsius range.

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