Saturday, 12 April 2008

Tree-Top Walk, An Women's Affair

The sun was shining brightly and the day was set beautifully for a walk. This was no ordinary walk that the WPYW Women attempted on. It is the ‘HSBC Tree TopWalk’ at MacRitchie Reservoir.

Our ladies reached Upper Thomson Road for some mouth-watering prata before we made our way to the Tree-Top walk which is accessible from MacRitchie Reservoir Park or from Venus Drive, off Upper Thomson Road.

The route can be found here:

The one that we attempted on was the trial that is highlighted in yellow. In other words that is the longest trail, to be exact its 15km (to and fro).

All of us were equipped with water and insect repellant as well as cameras.

At approximately 10am, we were ready to embark on the journey up to the tree-top. The roads were paved with rocks, bricks, sand and dried leaves. It was a pretty rough walk, at times we encountered strange looking insects crossing our paths. Insects that were as big as one’s little finger! The ants were extremely huge too; they must have had good nutrients from the nature reserve.

Walks like that creates good opportunity to know about each other and at the same time discuss problems. Once in a while we will stop to take pictures and when that was done something else would be watching us from about 2 metres away. Haha! That something else happens to be the monkeys! These human-like animals will look at us with curiosity and when we approach for a closer shot of it, it will swing its way off into the densely forested place.

After walking for about 2 hours we finally reached the peak which is the tree-top.

The walkway is a free-standing suspension bridge spanning Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang, the two highest points in MacRitchie. At 25m above the ground, the walkway gives you a closer look at the canopy. Here, we can view trees from an entirely different angle and enjoy a panoramic view of Upper Peirce Reservoir. What a spectacular sight!

This walkway is narrow and the number of people that can be on the walkway at the same time is 30.

When we were on our way down, we were caught in the rain and had to seek shelter in one of the pavilion in the golf course. While making our way there we saw an Iguana that was about 70cm in length, as if sensing that I was running towards it to take a picture, the quick-witted animal ran too and at a much faster pace then I was!

We also spotted two playful squirrels having fun in the rain at the golf course. After about nearly an hour, the sky is still cloudy and the rain is not stopping. We decided to carry on with our journey despite the drizzle.

The journey back is much tougher than the one going up because the roads were now slippery and wet. With all obstacles coming our way, our ladies fought on and we were highly motivated to end our walk in the fastest possible time.

In about 4 hours, we ended our journey of 15km and we could not wait to rush off to our well-deserved lunch!

Women, well-done!

Some great pictures that I took:

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