|Kemensah Finale 27-1-2005
During our second trip to Kemensah the Upper Quartz Ridge Fall was found to be actually the Upper Ampang Fall. One problem remained to be solved: where was the Lower Quartz Ridge Fall? We came back one more time and this time we followed the river itself, starting from the top of the Kemensah Fall. James joined us this time.
At the top of the Kemensah Fall traces are still visible of a former water catchment area.
The Sg Ampang flows quietly through the pristine jungle.
Here and there small rapids can be found.
According to our map the distance between the two falls, following the river, should not be more than about one km. Following the river was easy, either on vague trails beside the river bed, or just walking in the stream.
Getting reliable GPS-readings is not always easy under the thick canopy.
Gradually the terrain became steeper and more rugged, but still passable.
And then there was the waterfall!
Missing Waterfall Found!
After about one hour of scrambling, we were finally rewarded. There was the Lower Quartz Ridge Fall! It is indeed the Middle Fall of the Sungei Ampang. A nice, real waterfall!
A curtain of water.
Only a nice swimming pool at the bottom of the fall is missing.
But the water is cool and refreshing
We were surprised to find that actually the Middle Fall is located quite close to the Upper Fall, on less than 100 meter distance. We could have found it easily during our second trip!
A suitable pace for a relaxing jacuzzi
A small waterfall with the Middle Fall visible in the background.
View from the top of the Middle Fall.
The Middle and Upper Falls are quite close, but here the terrain is very steep, so it is not possible to follow the stream. Scrambling up the slopes to the left of the stream brings you to the Upper Fall.
The Upper Fall, already visited during our second trip.
Mission accomplished. Very satisfied!
Time to enjoy the environment.
From our last trip we knew already that scrambling up the slopes from the Upper Fall would bring us to a clear trail leading back to where we had started. So we didn't have to follow the same way back.
Back on the ridge.
Fruits looking like natural firecrackers, very appropriate as the Chinese New Year was approaching.
The red dotted line shows what we did during this trip. The Upper and Middle falls are really very close.
The end of a very satisfactory series of expeditions. And that in the backyard of Kuala Lumpur! On our way back to the UMNO center, we tried one more trail (blue-red dots in the last picture), but apparently this trail was leading nowhere. So it looks like the only way of access is via the UMNO training center