•BATU CAVES🦇• It was my first time visiting a cave. There were 270 steps to climb, and temples residing at the top. A lot of Hindus on pilgrimage were seen to be climbing the stairs, shaven heads as a symbol of sacrifice to one of their Gods, and walking bare foot in the scorching heat. It was a very different experience for me. But I couldn't help but feel a bit disheartened, that once I reached to the top- there were stadium lights, concrete floor, and man-made things. It didn't feel like I was inside a cave, but more of a museum or gallery of some sort. The walls inside were painted red or green. The monkey wall had barriers in front of it, and I witnessed them hissing at one another and snatching people's plastic bags. In terms of education, I didn't feel much enlightenment. But in terms of a place for worship, I saw how people sacrificed for the sake of their Gods. If you ever want to visit a cave in Malaysia, definitely look for other caves in the surrounding areas as there are many for you to explore and really appreciate the beauty of it! It was a surprise for me that the Batu Caves was in fact a temple for worship more than an exploration of a cave.
Last weekend my cousin and I went on a little adventure at Snake Canyon also known as Wadi Bimah located in the Al Dakhiliya region in Oman.
After a certain point of entering the canyon, there was no way of going back. The only way was forward. We were faced with obstacles that genuinely made us think we were stuck. If we try to climb down this rock, we will surely slip and injure ourselves. With no cellphone signal and no way for a chopper to fly down the narrow Canyon to save us, it will take an entire day or more for any help to arrive assuming the other person who's going to get help doesn't also get injured on the way. We looked around and saw fish, frogs, and lizards and promised that we wouldn't eat each other if worse comes to worse.
Seriously though, the risks were real but we had no other options but to keep moving forward.
Everytime we overcame an obstacle which we previously thought was impossible, another more difficult obstacle appeared. It was never ending! I remember saying to my cousin that it feels like we were overcoming a lifetime's worth of obstacles in a span of a few hours.
We initially thought we would take a professional tour company that would guide us through this canyon but decided against it in the end. We went on our own and for a while we weren't even sure if we were in the right place. A fear of the unknown was what brought us the most thrill.
We were running on pure adrenaline and the prospect of being lost and seriously injured made me feel so alive.
We finally reached the end of the canyon with just a couple of bruises and scrapes. But since we parked our car on the other side of the Canyon, our journey wasn't over yet. We had to hike up the mountain going all the way around the Canyon to finally reach our car. That was an adventure all on its own.
Winter is coming in Oman and that means it's adventure season! Can't wait for more experiences like this.
Очень интересная штука - скалодром. Я уже однажды успел хорошо полазить по горам, но в Москве на скалодроме бывать не приходилось.
Карабкаться к вершинам очень классно, особенно на высоких секциях со страховкой, а ещё классно прыгать вниз на батут с 5 метров😊
Теперь я понимаю, что чтобы стать настоящим альпинистом нужно практиковаться 4 раза в неделю по 3 часа (так сказал инструктор), а вообще после первого раза хочется прийти ещё и покорить все трассы, которые только можно🥇🥈🥉🏄🏋️
А вы ходили на скалодром? Где самый лучший? #скалодром#скалодроммосква#скалодромlimestone
Gua Tempurung, located in Gopeng, Perak.
One of the largest limestone cave in Peninsular Malaysia.
Visitors can use the walking platform (dry package tour) if you don't want to get the wet package tour (you get to explore the cave via underground river). For dry package tour, you'll get wet eventually caused by your sweats. 😅
BOOM! 👊 Last Day Best Day! That’s a victory sandwich I’m eating there after clipping the chains on the Anti-Phil today! Perfect temps at 52. It almost went sideways on me after biffing the opening boulder twice, 3rd time was a charm and took it down. Thanks for putting up with me and the belays @jmeinkseon #redpoint#victory#rifle#limestone#stoked (proper no sit down ascent)
Kicking off with bright and lively fruits - mixed of red and black, then comes with floral hints of violet and lavender. This Stolpman Syrah is elegant, juicy and rich. The solid structure ensures potential of aging - even though it's already delicious now. 💐
🍷Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah 2014