Mt Murud always rain throughout the year, resulting in soft, muddy soil. The cold weather at Summit could delay its drying process before the trail could get back to normal for trek. The driest month during the year is July, and yet it can still be muddy like in the picture top left. Even a kg adidas shoe could be torn (see top right picture) and defeated to the mud there.
The Joy Bridge (Jambatan Sukacita) was built from 1000m asl to 1100m asl which takes about 1 hour walk. However in my trip on 14-18 July 2011, some parts of the bridge has lost its grip due to rusty nails and wet woodplanks. Such bridge is dangerous to trod on, as one could step a weak wood plank and fell into the mud below about 1.5m from woodplank. There was a time a member was resting her hand to the bridge pillar of a run-down section of bridge, and the zinc roof above it turned loose. It was fortunate that she did not use heavy pressure otherwise the whole bridge top would fall. Delegates to the Revival Meeting or climbers to Mt Murud would have to use the muddy trail for safety, especially those who are not physically fit to endure the muddy trail. (Kg adidas and walking stick helps in this kind of trekking)
Donation for repairing the trail with woodplanks and Church Camp facilities could be channelled to Maybank account 111047-148074 in favour of "Pelayanan Doa Gunung Murud Ba'kelalan". Contact Alfred Dawet 013 8399472.
To God be The Glory.