With the help of Karin (from the Herbarium) we tackles Mount Pueh today and found it putting challenges in our way. We started by following the river at the base of the mountain as the trees were full of orchids including Coelogyne, Bulbophyllum and others.
Unfortunately the river consisted of enormous boulders covered in moss and though crossing the river and working up stream was a great team building exercise as we and our MRSM friends all had to help each other, our dynamic risk assessment of the activity was that it it was to dangerous to press very far – but we made it back with no one too soaked (apart from Hannah who had a little dip) and no injuries – we passed the trial of the rocks.
We then set off up the mountain following the route of a Hydro scheme – it was very steep but did have steps – hundreds of them! – exhausted we passed the trial of the steps.
We pressed deeper into the forest – we passed the trial of the bridge and finally reached a gorgeous waterfall. It then rained the heaviest rain for about an hour as we fought our way back – bus we passed the trail of the rain though all our boots were now full of water and we were all as wet as Hannah. More on the orchids we found later.