Trip: Sungai Keroh, FRIM

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Fellow KL folks habitually frown at our often revolting rivers cum monsoon drains as we pass them in the city. On the other hand, during weekends, virtually every Hutan Lipur (recreational forest) around Klang Valley with a cascade or waterfall is overflowing with city dwellers soaking their weary bodies and souls in the refreshing water. Indeed, water is life. The Malaysian government initiated a 10-year River of Life project to revive the infamously polluted Klang River in 2010. It‘s high time we pay more attention to our rivers.Despite its name that means ― “murky river”, Sungai Keroh is a clear stream that flows through the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM). It then follows an east-westerly course, joins Sungai Batu near Jalan Duta, and finally merges into Sungai Gombak and Sungai Klang.

Come join Chew Ming Yee and Lim Chung Lu who are botanists and nature guides, for a half day hike tracing the source of a tributary to Sungai Keroh, until spring water emerges from a rocky slope. Further details will be given upon signing up.

Besides standard entrance charges to FRIM (refer to http://www.frim.gov.my/?page_id=174), a fee of RM15 is chargeable to cover insurance and SIG fund. Almost the entire walk is done off trail, and therefore not suitable for children below 12 years.

To register: email Ms Wan Yeng (wanyeng@rocketmail.com) or sms only (hp 016-618 2148, strictly no calls). Limited places available and deadline to register is 28 Jun 2013, whichever comes first. Priority is given to MNS members who had joined FRIM walks Part 1 & 2.

For directions: Refer to http://www.frim.gov.my/?page_id=543

Wear suitable trekking clothes, leech socks and shoes with good traction. A trekking pole would also be helpful. Insect repellant is advisable for those with sensitive skin. Bring a bottle of water and some healthy snacks. For those who had missed out part 1 & 2: look out for the annual reruns.

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